Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
We’ll start this week’s newsletter off with the results from last week’s MTA Golf Day, which took place at the Forest of Arden Marriot Hotel and Country Club. To find out who was crowned winner, see the story below.
Wednesday and Thursday saw the AMRC host a two day conference on Factory 2050: The Smart Factory, which showcased new technologies in their new Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future building. One of the exciting new development on show was the Microsoft HoloLens which is a self- contained, mixed reality head mounted device, capable of producing interactive, situational holograms. It is currently unavailable commercially in the UK, so the AMRC is using the opportunity to mature manufacturing processes ready for industry early adopters.
Cranfield University’s are developing a Manufacturing Leadership Programme for SMEs. We would appreciate it if you could take two minutes to complete this online survey to assist Cranfield with the development of the programme.
While you are in the mood for surveys it is your last chance to contribute to the MTA Business Survey. You can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-aug16 and we look forward to your participation in this important survey that tracks the UK Manufacturing Technology sector.
We have been contacted by the European General Manager of the US company, DRAKE Manufacturing who are looking for a partner to sell their machines in the UK market. Find out more about this opportunity within the Brief.
The UK manufacturing output data that was released this week inevitably attracted headlines around the sharp fall in output compared to June, but this headline hides a multitude of mixed messages; in part, these come from different industries having relatively good and bad times in different months - for example, Machinery was up in July after a weak June, but Metal Products was down in July after a good June. Aerospace output fell in July, but the level was still the 3rd best month on record, beaten only by May and June and although Automotive output fell for the 3rd month in a row, this was from an exceptionally high figure in April that may have been driven by the seasonal adjustment rather than an exceptional “real” output performance and the overall level remains high. Also this week, we cover the latest GDP estimates in Europe for the 2nd quarter from Eurostat.
That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, until then have a great weekend.