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Newsletter Listing intro for week 49

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

It has been a busy week at the MTA, we have held our AGM, hosted a Parliamentary Reception, launched a new website and elected a new President of the Association.  

The AGM, held on the 6th December, saw the MTA Presidency pass from Guy Mollart to Geoffrey Bryant, Managing Director of Citizen Machinery UK. Geoff will be President of the MTA for the next two years taking us up to 2018, read more about the AGM and the Presidential Election in the below story.

Later that day Iain Wright MP addressed members at a Parliamentary Reception, in the House of Commons.  Mr Wright, the Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee called for an end to short-termism in Government policy and highlighted the need for “long term policy direction” in respect of Industrial Strategy. Read more of what he had to say within the Brief.

We are also very pleased to announce the launch of the new MTA website, which went online this Tuesday. It is important that all members read the story below and download the user guide to ensure you can make the most out of your online profile. We have taken a lot of time to ensure the new website now has responsive design to make it even easier to navigate, update and enjoy on mobile devices.

The MTA are looking to take a delegation to IMTEX 2017 in Bangalore, India from 26 January - 01 February 2017 and we would ask member companies if they would be interested in joining the trip. If you would like more information, please contact MTA Head of Events James Fudge via email at jfudge@mta.org.uk for more details.

The Integrated Manufacturing Group of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing has been working with DESTACO, a leading global supplier of high-performance automation, work holding and containment fixturing solutions to help create a virtual workshop to assist with pre-production and factory planning processes.

Detailed plans for a new state-of-the-art training hub in Shropshire were unveiled for the first time yesterday, with the aim of supporting ‘2020 learners by 2020’. More than 100 local businesses and stakeholders attended the £3m Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) launch event in Bridgnorth to find out how they can play their role in helping it reverse the region’s skills and competency gaps.

With the switch to the new MTA web-site, there has been a small delay to the data collection phase of the MTA Business Survey for November, but we are still hoping to get this completed next week.  Therefore, if you have not done so already (and with thanks to those who have responded), we would encourage you to submit your return via the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-nov16 - we hope you will be able to take part and look forward to receiving your return.

The manufacturing output data published this week was a little mixed, although overall, the key sectors for the manufacturing technology suppliers remain divided between the good (Automotive and Aerospace) and the bad (Machinery and Metal Products), but with nothing we could really call ugly!  There was a sharp fall in output in the oil & gas sector that was put down to a temporary shutdown in one of the major oilfields.  There are two lots of data for Europe this week;  the GDP figures showed every economy growing in the 3rd quarter of 2016, although some only just and R&D expenditure in 2015 was at the same level as in 2014, but remains behind major competitors such as Korea, Japan and the USA.

That is all for this week, we hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy checking out the new MTA website, we will be back next Friday with more industry news. 

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK
ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Manufacturing Output, October 2016:  Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that total manufacturing output in the latest 3 months (August, September and October 2016) was -0.4% lower than in the previous 3 months (May, June and July 2016), but was +0.1% higher than in the same period last year (August, September and October 2015).  Using moving 3-month periods takes out some of the month-to-month volatility in the data.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

Survey
MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

With the switch to the new MTA web-site, there has been a small delay to the data collection phase of the MTA Business Survey for November, but we are still hoping to get this completed next week.  Therefore, if you have not done so already (and with thanks to those who have responded), we would encourage you to submit your return via the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-nov16 - we hope you will be able to take part and look forward to receiving your return.

£3m manufacturing training and development centre outlines vision for bridging the Marches skills gap

mcmt
£3m manufacturing training and development centre outlines vision for bridging the Marches skills gap

Detailed plans for a new state-of-the-art training hub in Shropshire were unveiled for the first time yesterday, with the aim of supporting ‘2020 learners by 2020’.

More than 100 local businesses and stakeholders attended the £3m Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) launch event in Bridgnorth to find out how they can play their role in helping it reverse the region’s skills and competency gaps.

University of Sheffield AMRC assist DESTACO in navigating the world of virtual reality

amrc
University of Sheffield AMRC assist DESTACO in navigating the world of virtual reality

The Integrated Manufacturing Group of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing has been working with DESTACO, a leading global supplier of high-performance automation, work holding and containment fixturing solutions to help create a virtual workshop to assist with pre-production and factory planning processes.

IMG have been using data driven, digitally assisted assembly technologies to create a package of programmes that give DESTACO a complete ‘digital press shop’ virtual environment to develop automation and fixturing tooling for manufacturers.

Iain Wright MP Hosts and Addresses MTA Parliamentary Reception

Iain Wright MP Hosts and Addresses MTA Parliamentary Reception

Iain Wright MP addressed Manufacturing Technologies Association members at a Parliamentary Reception on 6th December.  Mr Wright, the Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee called for an end to short-termism in regards to Government policy and highlighted the need for “long term policy direction” in regards to the implementation of Industrial Strategy.

IMTEX 2017 - Bangalore, India

IMTEX 2017 - Bangalore, India

The MTA are looking to take a delegation to IMTEX 2017 in Bangalore, India from 26 January - 01 February 2017 and we would ask member companies if they would be interested in joining the trip.

As a Hosted buyer, each member of our delegation will be provided with an air ticket + 3 Nights Hotel stay to attend the show in Bangalore. 

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact the MTA’s Head of Events James Fudge via email jfudge@mta.org.uk.

MTA Launch New Website

MTA Logo
MTA Launch New Website

The MTA is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new website.

The new MTA website now has responsive design to make it even easier to navigate, update and enjoy on mobile devices. The site contains all the latest MTA news and provides full details of all member organisations.

MTA AGM and New President

The MTA held its Annual General Meeting in London on Tuesday 6th December 2016 at One Whitehall Place, Westminster.

The meeting, which was proceeded by an MTA Members’ Forum, saw over 50 members come together to discuss the MTA’s future with potential new events and the Association’s response to Brexit at the forefront of the debate.

The AGM saw the MTA Presidency pass from Guy Mollart to Geoffrey Bryant, Managing Director of Citizen Machinery UK.