Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
First up MTA CEO James Selka attended JIMTOF in Tokyo last week and you can read the report from the exhibition below.
For Members looking to get into the Russian market, we are planning a UK Pavilion at Metalloobrabotka in Moscow in May next year. The UK have been given an excellent location within the exhibition halls alongside other European pavilions.
The new Apprenticeship Levy comes in to force in April 2017, so make sure you’re ready and check out this handy blog with information on how it all works here - https://sfadigital.blog.gov.uk/2016/11/30/building-registration-for-the-digital-apprenticeship-service/.
Is your company focussed on helping to close the current industry skills gap? Do you recruit apprentices or graduates? Would you like to help inspire the next generation of engineers? Do you have links with schools, colleges or universities?
The MTA is expanding its Education & Development Committee, and is looking to recruit new members from a range of MTA member companies. The Committee meets four times a year, and also acts as the judging panel for the annual Technology, Design & Innovation (TDI) Challenge finals.
The CECIMO General Assembly took place in Rome on 26 November 2016. The received a presentation about the health of the European machine tool industry, looking at production levels, the total value of the sector and exports. You can read the full report from the Rome Assembly in the below story.
Machining, Composite and Integrated Manufacturing specialists at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre have joined forces to build what is believed to be the world’s first reconfigurable carbon composite robotic machine tool. Full details can be found in the story below.
We have just launched the November edition of the MTA Business Survey and would like to encourage as many MTA members to participate as possible. This survey gives a quick and useful overview of the manufacturing technology sector in the UK. You can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-nov16
The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data released this week was generally good news and although the UK’s reading fell slightly it still remains strongly positive; indeed, it was rising input prices as a result of the weakness of Sterling that dragged the figure back as both output and orders still have solid growth. Most of the rest of the world continues in positive territory, but with a mixture of trends between the individual countries. The latest release of GDP data from the ONS confirmed the initial estimate of growth for the 3rd quarter of +0.5% compared to the 2nd period of this year and +2.3% above the level of a year earlier. There are some signs in the preliminary data for the 3rd quarter that investment has edged down, but we need to wait for the more detailed figures in a month’s time to see how the manufacturing sector has been affected.
In office news Executive Assistant to MTA CEO James Selka Dorothy Straw has left the company, Elizabeth Holloway has taken over this role. Please join us in wishing Dorothy all the best in her new role and welcoming Elizabeth to the MTA team. You can contact Elizabeth via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, we hope to see as many members as possible at our AGM and House of Commons Reception which takes places next Tuesday (6th December). There are still places available so if you would like to attend please follow this link to register http://www.mta.org.uk/whats-new/events/agm-house-commons-reception-2016.
We’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, until then have a great weekend.