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Newsletter Listing intro for week 26

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Brief. We had a few technical issues on Friday so please accept our apologies for the delay in receiving this edition.

As the country digests the implications of Brexit the MTA is taking stock of what needs to be done to protect the interests of the UK manufacturing technology industry. Aside from the universal desire to end the uncertainty that has been created – something not helped by the turmoil in both main parties - our early priorities are coalescing along the lines of; access to the single market, the ability of UK firms to recruit the people they need and the continuation, possibly under other guises, of R&D funding. We’ve already had discussions with officials at BIS and they have said that they will welcome input from the MTA about the issues that matter the most to industry. We are surveying members on this issue in this month’s Business Survey which is going live today, see below, but if you would like to discuss Brexit, what it means for your company and points you would like to get across please drop the MTA’s Head of External Affairs, Paul O’Donnell an email at podonnell@mta.org.uk .

This week saw the MTA co-host the second UK Industrial Surface Engineering Event with Cranfield University. You can read all about the event which bought academia and industry together below.

The Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge final takes place next Wednesday (6th July) at Yamazaki Mazak’s European Technology Centre in Worcester. You can find out who made it to the final in the story below.

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) are always keen to find ways to help you grow your business. As one way of making this happen, they’d like to invite you along to their monthly event tailored to manufacturing SMEs, the first of which takes places on Tuesday 12th July 2016. Find out how you can attend below.

The Purchasing Managers Indices (PMI) for both the UK and the Euro-zone showed an improvement in June, but it is worth noting that almost all of the data was collected before the Referendum and that this is not a confidence indicator – this is, perhaps a good point to encourage you to respond to the MTA Business Survey which launches today and will be our first opportunity to assess the mood of the sector following the Referendum (the form can be accessed at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-jun16).  Elsewhere in the world, the PMI trends were more mixed, but it does appear that the UK and the Euro-zone were picking up.  This week also saw the ONS publish the UK National Accounts for the 1st Quarter of 2016, with no change to the previous estimates for growth despite a re-basing of the figures to 2013 prices;  figures for investment were also released and they showed that although manufacturing investment as a whole was down slightly on a 12-month rolling trend, capital spending by the Engineering and Vehicles industry was up.

We'll be back at the end of the week with more industry news, until then have a great week from everyone at the MTA.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY - HAVE YOUR SAY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY - HAVE YOUR SAY

The June edition of the MTA Business Survey will be out later today;  as well as being one of our slightly longer quarterly surveys, it includes a couple of special questions to gather views about the important priorities for the UK Government in the Brexit negotiations and the actions that companies are likely to have to take in reaction to the Referendum result.  We will also be running these special questions as a stand-alone survey to top-up the responses, but we would encourage you to participate in the Business Survey as a whole.

Second UK Industrial Surface Engineering Event

Second UK Industrial Surface Engineering Event

This past Thursday (30th June) saw the MTA and Cranfield University came together to host the second UK Industrial Surface Engineering Event at Cranfield University.

The day was opened by Cranfield Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Peter Gregson and MTA President Guy Mollart, who both highlighted the importance of collaboration between academia and industry to fuel technological advances.

IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY FOR MANUFACTURING SMES

IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY FOR MANUFACTURING SMES

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) are always keen to find ways to help you grow your business. As one way of making this happen, they’d like to invite you along to our monthly event tailored to manufacturing SMEs.

Date:  Tuesday 12th July 2016

Time:  08:00 - 11:15

Place:  The Manufacturing Technology Centre, Pilot Way, Ansty Park, Coventry, CV7 9JU. Please click here for directions.

Price:  Free

How to register:  Register via the event website

Why attend?

What IP do you Own 1 2016

What IP do you Own 1 2016

Staffordshire BIC

Thursday, 7 July 2016 from 09:00 to 13:00 (BST)

Stafford, United Kingdom

The Intellectual Property Office is an operating name of the Patent Office

This workshop delivered by the Intellectual Property Office aims to give participants a good overview of intellectual property and how it impacts on small and medium sized businesses.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, June 2016:  Before we look at the results for the latest manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), it is worth noting two things - firstly, this is not a measure of confidence as the index is made up of the month-on-month change in 5 separate indices covering orders, output, employment, suppliers delivery times and stocks of items purchased;  secondly, although the data collection period was two weeks from 13th June, Markit report that 99% of data had been received before 23rd June (Referendum day).

2016 Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge finalists announced

2016 Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge finalists announced

For over a decade the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) annual Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge, has been shining a light on young designers and engineers. Free to enter for all students and schools, the nationwide competition aims to celebrate the creativity and innovation taking place inside the curriculum, encouraging teenagers to recognise the opportunities of a career in engineering and further develop their practical knowledge of modern manufacturing.