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Newsletter Listing intro for week 09

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.

This week the MTA’s Technical Manager Richard Griffiths was recognised by this BSi Technical Committee for his outstanding contribution to the industry over the past 26 years. Join us in congratulating him on his award and service to the manufacturing industry.

In MACH 2016 news there will be special facilities available for international visitors with access to a lounge area with wifi and refreshments and for one to- one meetings and networking opportunities. This facility will be open throughout the week. The MTA will be able to assist companies attending the show with Visas.

To register your interest please contact your local UKTI, or Chamber contact, or Karen

Finegold at the MTA on kfinegold@mta.org.uk.

The EPSRC Centre in Ultra Precision at Cranfield University is pleased to be collaborating with Optence e.V (Germany) to deliver Optical Materials Day in the UK on 14 April 2016, in conjunction with SCHOTT AG, Heraeus Quarzglas GmbH & Co. KG and Hellma Materials GmbH. Find out more info on their Optical Materials Day within the Brief.

The AMRC Training Centre is taking a lead on encouraging young people to ‘rise to the top’ during National Apprenticeship Week, find out details on what the Catapult is up to in the story below.

The MTA wants to reach out to University Technical Colleges (UTC) across the UK to encourage them to attend MACH 2016 and experience everything the exhibition has to offer. If members have any links to their local UTC please contact the MTA’s Learning and Development Co-ordinator Laura Pickering (lpickering@mta.org.uk) so she can make contact and facilitate visits to the exhibition.   

Most of the economic data which we report on this week points to a weakening of market conditions, but with positive aspects.  For example, the PMI for manufacturing in the UK was at its lowest level since April 2013, but was still indicating some expansion in activity in the sector;  elsewhere in the world, only a small handful of countries saw an improvement in their PMI readings in February, but only Taiwan slipped back into a negative situation (although others remained there).  The results of the CECIMO Barometer Survey suggest that the market has weakened a little, but the overall business situation remains positive.

That’s all for this week have a great weekend and we’ll back next week. 

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, February 2016:  The manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK fell back to 50.8;  although this was the 35th consecutive month in which the PMI has been in positive territory, this figure is the lowest since this run began in April 2013.  The report notes especially a slowing in the consumer and investment goods sub-sectors, although it should be noted that for the latter of these, January appears to have been a very good month, so the fall in February may reflect this rather than a “real” trend.

AMRC Training Centre takes the lead on encouraging young people to ‘rise to the top’ during National Apprenticeship Week

AMRC Training Centre takes the lead on encouraging young people to ‘rise to the top’ during National Apprenticeship Week

This year the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week’s call to help young people ‘rise to the top’ by encouraging them to find out how an apprenticeship could help them succeed in an exciting career in engineering. 

Optical Materials Day - Thursday 14 April 2016 at Cranfield University

Optical Materials Day - Thursday 14 April 2016 at Cranfield University

The EPSRC Centre in Ultra Precision at Cranfield University is pleased to be collaborating with Optence e.V (Germany) to deliver Optical Materials Day in the UK on 14 April 2016, in conjunction with SCHOTT AG, Heraeus Quarzglas GmbH & Co. KG and Hellma Materials GmbH

Special facilities for international visitors at MACH 2016

Special facilities for international visitors at MACH 2016

MACH 2016 is the largest UK showcase for advanced manufacturing technologies and is organised by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), a UK based trade association dealing specifically with engineering based manufacturing.

The MACH exhibition is a biennial event which brings together all the best innovations and latest developments to come from the manufacturing technologies sector under one roof for the fields of automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, power generation, medical, autosport, rail and space.

BSi Recognise MTA’s Richard Griffiths for Standards Contribution

BSi Recognise MTA’s Richard Griffiths for Standards Contribution

On 3rd March 2016 the British Standards Institution (BSI) recognised MTA’s Technical Manager - Richard Griffiths for his outstanding contributions to standards with an award presented at the BSi Technical Committee meeting MCS/3 in London.

Richard has given 26 years’ service to the BSI and has been a key collaborator supporting the development process of diverse industry standards. Richard siad of the award “it is a real unexpected honour to be recognised by my peers in such a way and I would like to thank everyone for this kind gesture.