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Newsletter Listing intro for week 14

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

Excitement levels have reached fever pitch as MACH 2016 flings open its doors on Monday morning. We are very excited to announce that Olympic cycling hero Sir Chris Hoy MBE will be performing the opening ceremony at 10:00 am.

The build-up is of course well under way already with all the heavy lifting done and the stands taking shape across the Halls. Its already looking really impressive as our twitter followers at @MACHexhibition have been able to see.

Demand for apprenticeships at AMRC Training Centre soars. Since taking on its first 140 apprentices in autumn 2013, the AMRC Training Centre has grown rapidly into an award-winning centre of excellence with over 400 employed-status apprentices. Find out more about the great work the AMRC do in the story below and also check them out at next week at MACH 2016 in the Learning and Development Zone.

The UK Northern Powerhouse Skills Summit, will take place on 13th July at Sheffield Hallam University.  This event was created as one of the next steps from the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference in Manchester in February and reflected a concern amongst business leaders that the skills deficit was one of the most pressing challenges to achieving the rebalancing the UK economy. More details on how to attend this event can be found within the Brief.

The TRAM conference will take place this September in Chicago alongside IMTS and the organisers are looking for people to submit 200-300 word abstracts for review for inclusion in the 2016 conference. All entries must be in by 1st May and details on how to apply are within the story.  

The MTA’s Technical Manager Ian Skeels attended the ManuFuture Innovate UK event in London this week. The conference has called for participants to get involved with the ManuFuture project which meets to discuss UK and European future manufacturing innovation. If you’re interested in participating please contact Ian for more details on iskeels@mta.org.uk.

This week we are releasing our updated forecasts for the UK Machine Tool and Cutting Tool markets;  general economic conditions and a less positive outlook for the key customer industries (taken together) form the background to a small downgrading of our forecasts compared to last Autumn.  The Machine Tool forecast is complicated by the timing of a large one-off contract which appears to give a much weaker forecast for 2016, but in reality, the underlying trend is that the fall in the market took place in 2015 and we expect a broadly flat trend for 2016.  It is worth emphasising that despite the negative numbers in the outlook, both the Machine Tool and Cutting Tool markets remain above where they were before the recession took hold, so the market is at a good, if not spectacular level.  We also have the latest edition of the Global Machine Tool Forecast available to download - please see the article below for details of how to get hold of these documents and for news of an Economic Update presentation at the forthcoming MTA Members Forum meeting.

Data on manufacturing output was the main economic news this week with manufacturing output falling by -1.1% month-on-month;  we saw some unusual trends in the monthly data, perhaps most notably, a sharp fall in the Automotive industry which had its worst month since the shutdown affected July 2015, but it is important to realise that monthly data can be volatile and we really need to wait to see if this is just a small blip or if something else is going on in the data.  Earlier this week, we saw the announcement of near record car sales in the UK in March with the registration change which makes this fall in output all the more puzzling.

That’s all for this week, we look forward to seeing a lot of you next week at MACH 2016, until then have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.Only enter text, no images or links

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Index of Production, February 2016:  According to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), total manufacturing output in the 3 months to February 2016 (December 2015 and January and February 2016) was -0.7% lower than in the previous 3 months (September, October and November 2015) and -1.3% down on the same period a year earlier (December 2014 and January and February 2015).  Although we avoid looking at individual monthly data because of its volatility, February seems to have been especially weak in one or two key industries as we will see below.

MTA FORECAST UPDATE

MTA FORECAST UPDATE

As usual at this time of year, we have updated our forecasts for the UK Machine Tool and Cutting Tool markets in the light of the most recent data and, perhaps more importantly, developments in the global economy and the key customer sectors.

ManuFuture Innovate UK call for participants

ManuFuture Innovate UK call for participants

Innovate UK’s chair the ManuFuture forum which meets to discuss UK and European future manufacturing innovation, as well as wider European initiatives towards manufacturing and future EC funding programs.  Attendees include TWI, HVMC, the Knowledge Transfer Network, academic institutions and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.  Topics of relevance include Horizon 2020, EEFRA / Factories of the Future, funding for innovation over the 2018 – 2020 period.

Want to Speak at TRAM 2016?

Want to Speak at TRAM 2016?

TRAM are currently accepting abstracts for review for the 2016 conference. Your 200-300 word abstracts must be submitted by May 1, 2016. With your abstract, please include the title of your paper, author and/or speaker's name, job title, company name, address, office and mobile numbers, and e-mail address of the primary contact person.

You can submit your abstract online here, or email it to allison@gardnerweb.com 

UK NORTHERN POWERHOUSE - SKILLS SUMMIT

UK NORTHERN POWERHOUSE - SKILLS SUMMIT

WEDNESDAY 13TH JULY 2016

SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY

Welcome to the UK Northern Powerhouse Skills Summit. 

This event was created as one of the next steps from the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference in Manchester in February and reflected a concern amongst business leaders that the skills deficit was one of the most pressing challenges to achieving the rebalancing the UK economy.

We are assembling some of the best brains around to consider how to solve the North`s productivity problems and your input is important.

Demand for apprenticeships at AMRC Training Centre soars

Demand for apprenticeships at AMRC Training Centre soars

Since taking on its first 140 apprentices in autumn 2013, the AMRC Training Centre has grown rapidly into an award-winning centre of excellence with over 400 employed-status apprentices.

This figure is expected to rise to 650 during the next academic year, as demand for apprenticeships continues to grow and young people realise their dreams to pursue an exciting career in engineering.

British Olympic Hero Sir Chris Hoy set to officially open MACH 2016

British Olympic Hero Sir Chris Hoy set to officially open MACH 2016

The largest manufacturing and engineering exhibition in the UK MACH 2016 is set to open next Monday (11th April) at the NEC in Birmingham. This five day celebration of UK manufacturing will be officially opened by British Olympic cycling hero Sir Chris Hoy MBE. The opening ceremony will take place at 10:00 am in Hall 5 of the NEC complex. After the opening Sir Chris will move through the Halls to give a very special presentation in one of the Seminar Theatres – keep your ears open at the Show for announcements of the details.