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Newsletter Listing intro for week 16

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

Firstly we would like to thank everyone who exhibited at or visited MACH 2016 last week in Birmingham. The event was a great celebration of the UK manufacturing sector and we’re pleased to report that visitor numbers were up 10% on the 2014 edition of the show.

We’ve had some great feedback on the show particularly on the Learning & Development Zone and would like all the companies who provided apprentices to staff it and provide tours. A special thank you goes out to the headline sponsors of the L&D Zone, Sandvik, and all the companies who provided additional support - it wouldn’t have been able to happen without all of your support. During the week over 3,000 engineers of the future passed through the Zone.

Following MACH 2016 our next event is only a few weeks away. The Members’ Forum and Spring Economic Update will be held on 4th May at the MTC, Coventry. The half day is free to attend but we ask that you register your attendance at

http://www.mta.org.uk/spring-economic-update-members-forum-4-may-2016

It is that time of year again when our annual Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge for students aged 14-19 years is open for submissions. The competition helps teachers and lecturers to showcase the great work of their D&T and Engineering students.  It is a fantastic way to celebrate the creativity and innovation taking place inside the curriculum. Find out more details on how a school close to you could apply below.

As part of Exporting is GREAT, the government's initiative to inspire and support 100,000 additional exporters, UKTI will be hosting Exporting is GREAT week this April. Previously called Export Week, the week will run from 18-22 April and will see every region host a series of events, aimed at encouraging both new and experienced exporters to explore fresh opportunities. Details of events in your region can be found within the Brief.

A two day introduction to the basic concepts for producing CAD 3D models and orthographic projection drawings, 3rd - 4th May 2016, AMRC Training Centre

The latest outlook from the Bank of England’s Agents’ shows that manufacturing’s recent flat trend is continuing, something that is reflected in the European data which was published last week, although this also highlights that the Capital Goods sub-sector is generally the best (or least worst) performing.  Also this week, the continued weakness of the US manufacturing sector, despite them having the fastest growing G7 economy, is highlighted by the latest data from AMT.

Thank you for reading and we’ll be back next week with more industry news. Until then have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

Bank of England Agents’ Summary of Business Conditions, April 2016 Update:  The latest update from the Bank of England’s Agents’ shows that manufacturing output for the domestic market was the same as a year earlier, but export volumes were lower, although the annual pace of decline had stabilised.

Introduction to CAD 3rd - 4th May 2016, AMRC Training Centre

Introduction to CAD 3rd - 4th May 2016, AMRC Training Centre

A two day introduction to the basic concepts for producing CAD 3D models and orthographic projection drawings.

Throughout the course you will cover many different functions on CAD software Autodesk Inventor and begin to understand how the software could be utilised in your job role as a CAD operator. By the end of the course you will be able to competently produce CAD 3D models and orthographic projection drawings to specified sizes for a wide range of engineering applications.

World’s top engineers call for protection of R&D funding

World’s top engineers call for protection of R&D funding

Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering judges and trustees have called on world governments to protect education spend in order to produce the next generation of engineers.

Some of the world’s leading engineers and business people  – all members of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering’s trustee board and judging panel – have penned a letter in The Times of London, calling on global governments to preserve education and Research and Development (R&D) spending across their respective countries.

Exporting is GREAT Week - 18 - 22 April

Exporting is GREAT Week - 18 - 22 April

As part of Exporting is GREAT, the government's initiative to inspire and support 100,000 additional exporters, UKTI will be hosting Exporting is GREAT week this April.

Previously called Export Week, the week will run from 18-22 April and will see every region host a series of events, aimed at encouraging both new and experienced exporters to explore fresh opportunities. There will be a vast range of events across the week and you can sign up for them below. These events will be updated regularly and you can filter them by the region of your choosing.

Get involved with years TDI challenge

Get involved with years TDI challenge

Do you have links with secondary schools, sixth forms or colleges? Do you have children aged 14-19 that study D&T or engineering?

There are only three weeks left until the closing date of the MTA’s Technology, Design and Innovation Challenge 2016.

The Manufacturing Technology Association (MTA) runs an annual Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge for students aged 14-19 years.

MTA Members' Forum 4th May at the MTC in Coventry

MTA Members' Forum 4th May at the MTC in Coventry

Following MACH 2016 our next event is only a few weeks away. The Members’ Forum and Spring Economic Update will be held on 4th May at the MTC, Coventry.

The Members' Forum will take a glance back at the MTA activities in the last quarter, and a continued review of our services and benefits. The meeting gives members a chance to feed back to the Association so we invite you to get involved and attend as part of the open discussion.