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Newsletter Listing intro for week 40

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

There is only one week to go to get your Ballot 2 applications in for MACH 2018. If you would like to apply for space please get in touch with the Samantha Jones, Head of Sales at the MTA on 07825 585864 or email sjones@mta.org.uk.

This week saw the Conservative Party Conference take place at the ICC in Birmingham. The MTA’s Head of External Affairs Paul O’Donnell was in attendance and you can read his report of the conference below.

An aviation spectacular will be landing at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing this autumn, when the Sheffield Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) hold their 150th anniversary celebrations on Tuesday 18 October. Members of the public are invited to check into the arrivals lounge of the pop-up airport at the AMRC and check out the two ‘hangers’ of demonstrations, exhibits and information stands telling the rich history and outlining the promising future of aviation and the aerospace industry in the local area. Find out how to attend in the story below.

Last week, as part of our Member’s Forum in Manchester intellectual property lawyers Mathys & Squire gave a presentation on IP strategy. You can find more information on this presentation below as well as the accompanying slides.

Our Partners in EAMA, the GTMA will be hosting a keynote event – ‘Brexit – What next for UK manufacturing’ on Wednesday 19th October at the GTMA Manufacturing Resource Centre in Alcester. Attendance is free, but registration is essential.  

The latest MTA Business Survey is now online, we’d like as many members as possible to take part, you can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-sept16 - we look forward to your participation.

The main economic news this week was the very positive reading for the PMI for the manufacturing sector in the UK;  although it is consumer goods that seems to have led the way to the reading of 55.4 (the highest since May 2014), comments in the HIS Markit report suggest that investment goods also saw a significant improvement.  Although the boost to exports from a weak currency is behind this improvement (proof perhaps that every cloud has a silver lining), this is not the whole story as domestic orders have also increased.  Also in the past week, we have seen the detailed investment figures for the 2nd quarter published and they show a trend that is generally flat to slightly down for business investment overall, for total manufacturing and for spending by the Engineering and Vehicles sector.

That is 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.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

PMI, UK, Euro-zone and Global, September 2016:  The manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK increased to its highest level since May 2014 with the growth rates for output, new orders and employment all strengthening.  Although the domestic markets remained the main driver of new orders, the weaker exchange rate also contributed by driving up export business, but also had a negative impact in increasing input prices from imported goods.  The investment goods sector shared in these trends with an increase in output and a strong improvement in orders.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

We launched the September edition of the MTA Business Survey at the start of this week and we would like to encourage Members to respond;  this is one of our slightly longer quarterly surveys and the handful of extra questions help us to assess how sentiment has moved on in the 3 months since the Brexit referendum.

You can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-sept16 - we look forward to your participation.

Mathys & Squire IP Presentation from the MTA Members Forum in Manchester

Mathys & Squire IP Presentation from the MTA Members Forum in Manchester

The key point of the presentation was that Intellectual Property, IP, and patent rights in particular, are a commercial asset which should be viewed from the perspective of commercial risk and opportunity, and how commercial risk can shape the decision making of others in a market – whether they be suppliers, customers, or the competition .

Tory Party Conference and Industrial Strategy

Tory Party Conference and Industrial Strategy

This week saw the annual gathering of the Conservative Party in circumstances that few would have predicted a year ago. Not only do they have new leader, but the long running sore in their body politic, Europe, has been salved with the voted to Brexit, something now opposed by almost no one in the Party. Indeed, the contrast to the splits on show last week at Labour’s conference was stark. There was unanimity around the leader and no desire, at least at this stage, to prod even gently at the wounds that must still lie beneath the scar tissue of the last three months.

LAST FEW DAYS TO GET YOUR APPLICATION IN FOR MACH 2018 BALLOT 2

LAST FEW DAYS TO GET YOUR APPLICATION IN FOR MACH 2018 BALLOT 2

MACH 2018 will take place from 9th – 13th April 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham.

The draw for Ballot 2 will take place on Friday 21st October and the closing date for applications is Friday 14th October.

With more than 26,000 people attending, this year's MACH was a tremendous success and we are currently working to bring even greater numbers of high quality decision makers to the next show.