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Newsletter Listing intro for week 28

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

You can read MTA’s Head of Externals Affairs, Paul O’Donnell’s, take on this week’s political goings on. 

The MTA have several opportunities to support member companies wishing to expand in to foreign markets. The MTA will be representing UK business in Germany, USA, Turkey, Japan, India and Russia over the coming year and we have access to funding from UKTI to support some of these missions to international exhibitions.

If you’re are interested in any of the opportunities in the story below, please contact the MTA’s Head of Events for more details jfudge@mta.org.uk

The Government has introduced a new Apprenticeship Levy that will come into effect on 6 April 2017.  Please see the below story and attached document explaining the changes.

Cranfield University is offering a special £2,000 bursary towards the cost of this programme for UK SMEs. This is to help SMEs invest in boosting productivity, strengthening the product development pipeline and securing a firm grip on continuous improvement in the post-Brexit landscape. Members of the MTA are entitled to apply for a further £2,000 grant, bringing the overall cost down from £9,500 to £5,500. More details on this exciting opportunity can be found within the Brief.

The AMRC Forum are holding a series of networking seminars featuring presentations from industry experts. There next event will be held from 9:30 to 13:00 on Wednesday 21st September 2016 at the AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre in Rotherham. The event will consider latest developments in machining of composites.  It will feature presentations from: BAE Systems, Mori Seiki, OSG, Alicona, MetSoftPro and the AMRC Composites group.

Rolls-Royce and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult launched a National Strategy in Through-life Engineering Services (TES) on 5th July in London.

Dutch company STYLE CNC Machines are on the lookout for a UK Agent, for more details on this opportunity can be found in the story below.

The main data series this week is the industrial output figures for May from Eurostat which show a significant fall compared to April, but it does now appear that the April figures were artificially high and the underlying trend remains one of a very gentle increase edging the level back to its post-recession peak seen in the middle of 2011. Data on machine tool and cutting tool business in the USA continues to show a decline compared to a year ago, with the machinery business more affected than for tooling; it appears that the impact of the strong US$ on manufacturing output and investment is continuing, although there does appear to be an expectation that the 2nd half of the year will see a turnaround.

That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, until then, have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA. 

Through-life Engineering Services

Through-life Engineering Services

Rolls-Royce and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult launched a National Strategy in Through-life Engineering Services (TES) on 5th July in London. The National Strategy is facilitated by the Through-life Engineering Services Centre (TES Centre) hosted by Cranfield and Durham Universities.

For more information please visit http://www.through-life-engineering-services.org/strategy

Apprenticeship Levy

Apprenticeship Levy

The Government has introduced a new Apprenticeship Levy that will come into effect on 6 April 2017.  The MTA has created a presentation to provide guidance. This presentation will be updated as more information is released.

Please feel free to share the presentation with your colleagues.

International Trade Shows

International Trade Shows

Here at the MTA we’re are committed to promoting British Manufacturing abroad and attend many trade shows across the globe to do just that.

We have some exciting opportunities coming up in the next few months which might be of interest to members wishing to expand into foreign markets. The MTA work closely with UKTI to provide access to funding for UK companies wishing to export around the world.

Issues arising for the MTA in the wake of the Brexit Referendum

Issues arising for the MTA in the wake of the Brexit Referendum

To say that British politics was thrown into a state of flux by the outcome of the referendum of 23rd June is something of an understatement. The last three weeks have been the most tumultuous in British Politics for at least a generation and although the turmoil is calming slightly with the appointment of a new Prime Minister there is no sense of an ending to the upheavals yet – this article has been rewritten about twelve times this week…

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

European industrial Production, May 2016:  Data from Eurostat shows that total industrial production in the euro-zone was -1.2% lower than in April, with a fall of -1.1% for the EU28 as a whole.  It is worth noting that this measure has been quite volatile recently and that April appears to have been a very good month - it does suggest that there may be an issue with the seasonal adjustment of the data over the Easter and Spring holiday periods.  Compared to May 2015, total industrial production in the euro-zone was up by +0.5% with growth of +1.1% for the EU28.

Opportunity: UK agent

Opportunity: UK agent

STYLE CNC Machines is a Dutch machine builder specialized in building CNC lathes and mills mainly focusing on single pieces and small series. All STYLE machines are designed, built and assembled in our factory where also our own qualified R&D department is located. The machines are equipped with our unique STYLE control system for smart and straightforward programming. A Windows-based control for both experienced and less experienced operators who will be able to operate the machines within just a few hours of training.

AMRC Forum

AMRC Forum

The AMRC Forum are holding a series of networking seminars featuring presentations from industry experts.

There next event will be held from 9:30 to 13:00 on Wednesday 21st September 2016 at the AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre in Rotherham.

The event will consider latest developments in machining of composites.  It will feature presentations from: BAE Systems, Mori Seiki, OSG, Alicona, Metrology Software Products Ltd and the AMRC Composites group.

Manufacturing Leadership Programme for SMEs

Manufacturing Leadership Programme for SMEs

Starts September 2016

Cranfield University is offering a special £2,000 bursary towards the cost of this programme for UK SMEs. This is to help SMEs invest in boosting productivity, strengthening the product development pipeline and securing a firm grip on continuous improvement in the post-Brexit landscape. Members of the MTA are entitled to apply for a further £2,000 grant, bringing the overall cost down from £9,500 to £5,500.