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Friday Brief

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

MTA CEO James Selka is currently at IMTEX in Bangalore, India. If you are also out in India and would like to meet up with James drop him an email (jsleka@mta.org.uk or head to the MTA stand which can be found in the international association’s zone. We’ll have a report on the show in next week’s edition of the Brief.

The Government published its Green Paper on Industrial Strategy this week. It is a major step forward and begins an in-depth consultation process with which the MTA will be heavily engaged.  MTA CEO James Selka said “We welcome the priority the Prime Minister has placed on Industrial Strategy. It could be an important contributor to creating an environment that promotes the long term investment that we need to deliver a step change in productivity through technology and skills.” Read more of James’ reaction to the Green Paper within the Brief.

EAMA - the Engineering & Machinery Alliance, of which MTA is a member - have been engaging with the Government Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU).  In these exchanges it has become clear that member firms are uniquely able to provide a fact-based picture of how leaving the EU is likely to affect our supply chains which will be really useful to DExEU in the Brexit negotiations. Please see the story below and contribute to the survey. https://www.mta.org.uk/eamamta-brexit-impact-survey.

Can you escape from a remote location using just your engineering skills and ingenuity? If you think you can, we want you to apply for Channel 4’s brand new ultimate engineering challenge to test you to the limit. Dropped in a remote and undisclosed location a small team of engineers will have only their imagination, resourcefulness and what they can find from the debris of a crash to create a vehicle to escape from the scene. 

The Advanced Structural Testing Centre (ASTC) of the AMRC with Boeing is working in collaboration with UK company TISICS exploring the development of materials for demanding environments, such as transport, energy and the manufacturing sectors. TISICS specialise in the development and manufacture of high strength lightweight titanium metal matrix composites. 

Fronius UK will be hosting an Open House at their Technology Centre in Milton Keynes on 26th April 2017 from 10am.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to step inside the world of Fronius and see the newest technology live in action.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) invites you to participate in the “Airports Outward Mission to Russia: FIFA World Cup 2018 and beyond” on 20-24 March 2017 in Moscow and Krasnodar. If this is something that interests you please find all the details you need to apply in the story below.

If you’re a start-up working in the intelligent mobility space, you could benefit from working alongside London Midland in their Accelerator Programme.  The Accelerator programmes are a way for fledgling companies (usually tech-based, although the concept has spilt out into other areas) to validate their idea, gain customers and raise investment in comparatively short space of time. More details on how to get involved are found in the story below.

The UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA) has developed a brand new event for the imaging industry in the UK. The first ever UKIVA Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition (www.machinevisionconference.co.uk) will take place at Arena MK in Milton Keynes on 27 April 2017.

The UK economy grew at +0.6% in the final quarter of 2016, but for the year as a whole, the pace of growth slowed slightly to +2.0% (from +2.2% in 2015).  Manufacturing was slightly larger in 2016, just about reversing the decline in 2015, but we will need to wait for the detailed industry data in a couple of weeks’ time.  There was good news from the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey with both orders and output improving and, perhaps most notably for us, there was an improvement in investment intentions, especially in some of our key customer industries.  Finally this week, some more positive news from SMMT who announced increases in UK production of both cars and engines for 2016 but, in a separate statement made while giving evidence to the Treasury Select Committee, SMMT said that many carmakers are putting off investment until there is more clarity over the UK's trade relations with the EU.

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

The MTA respond to the publication of the Government's industrial strategy Green Paper

Speaking after the publication of the Government's industrial strategy Green Paper, James Selka, the CEO of the Manufacturing Technologies Association, said: "We welcome the priority the Prime Minister has placed on Industrial Strategy. It could be an important contributor to creating an environment that promotes the long term investment that we need to deliver a step change in productivity through technology and skills.

EAMA/MTA BREXIT SUPPLY CHAINS SURVEY

EAMA/MTA BREXIT SUPPLY CHAINS SURVEY

EAMA - the Engineering & Machinery Alliance, of which MTA is a member - have been engaging with the Government Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU).  In these exchanges it has become clear that member firms are uniquely able to provide a fact-based picture of how leaving the EU is likely to affect our supply chains which will be really useful to DExEU in the Brexit negotiations.

FRONIUS OPEN HOUSE WEDNESDAY 26TH APRIL

FRONIUS OPEN HOUSE WEDNESDAY 26TH APRIL

Fronius UK will be hosting an Open House at their Technology Centre in Milton Keynes on 26th April 2017 from 10am.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to step inside the world of Fronius and see the newest technology live in action.

Take a tour and experience a wide range of demonstrations and discussions about our entire range of welding products and applications – including some specially selected guest speakers.

Back to the Future of Welding

Time: 10am - 5pm

Airport Mission to Russia: World Cup 2018 and beyond on 20-24 March 2017

Airport Mission to Russia: World Cup 2018 and beyond on 20-24 March 2017

The Department for International Trade (DIT) invites you to participate in the “Airports Outward Mission to Russia: FIFA World Cup 2018 and beyond” on 20-24 March 2017 in Moscow and Krasnodar.

This is a 4 day business mission to Krasnodar and Moscow. You will have an opportunity to meet with the decision makers of the key airports of Moscow and largest Russian Airport Management Companies, including site visit to a FIFA airport in Krasnodar and meeting with its management.

Calling all engineers to appear on a new TV show

Calling all engineers to appear on a new TV show

Can you escape from a remote location using just your engineering skills and ingenuity? If you think you can, we want you to apply for Channel 4’s brand new ultimate engineering challenge to test you to the limit. Dropped in a remote and undisclosed location a small team of engineers will have only their imagination, resourcefulness and what they can find from the debris of a crash to create a vehicle to escape from the scene.  With a finite amount of food and water they must work fast to create a vehicle that will help them escape the challenging environment and reach civilization.

Supporting developments in lightweighting helps UK companies take advantage of opportunities in global aerospace markets

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Supporting developments in lightweighting helps UK companies take advantage of opportunities in global aerospace markets

The Advanced Structural Testing Centre (ASTC) of the AMRC with Boeing is working in collaboration with UK company TISICS exploring the development of materials for demanding environments, such as transport, energy and the manufacturing sectors.

TISICS specialise in the development and manufacture of high strength lightweight titanium metal matrix composites.  Reinforced with silicon carbide monofilaments, the material is of great benefit where high strength and low weight are critical to performance.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK GDP, 4th Quarter 2016:  The preliminary estimate by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the UK economy grew by +0.6% compared to the 3rd quarter of the year and by +2.0% in 2016 as a whole.  The quarter-on-quarter rate was slightly faster than had been anticipated, but the growth rate for the year was a little slower than for 2015 (when it was +2.2%).