Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
For the third year running we’re are happy to announce that the MTA and Cranfield University are teaming up to deliver the Surface Engineering and Applied Nanotechnology Conference. The event will take place on March 31st at the main Cranfield University campus and if you’re interested in attending this free one-day conference follow this link to register www.mta.org.uk/surface-engineering-and-applied-nanotechnology.
The MTA are one of the National Apprenticeship Service's identified key intermediaries and they have invited our members to the exclusive, “Apprenticeships – Discover the Opportunities” event as part of National Apprenticeship Week. More information on this event can be found in the story below. If you would be interested in attending please contact Laura Pickering, the MTA’s Education & Development Coordinator at email@example.com, Laura will also be attending the event.
MTA Associate member Mathys & Squire have produced a helpful article on using Intellectual Property (IP) is a strategic business asset. If managed properly it can offer significant benefits, and provide a tool to control commercial risk. In many businesses, however, it is unclear whose responsibility this is. In truth, successful IP strategy begins with the recognition that taking care of IP, as with any other asset, requires everyone in a business to play their part. Find out more about how you can protect your IP within the Brief.
The UK Government’s 2015 manifesto committed to make ‘the Midlands an engine of growth’. The Midlands Engine is the long-term economic plan to achieve greater economic growth and productivity across the whole of the Midlands. This event has been organised by Department of International Trade and UK Export Finance and is free to attend (follow this link for more details http://midlands-engine-trade-summit.co.uk/).
On 28th February, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC; part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) will cut through the hype of “Industry 4.0” to bring you a no nonsense, jargon-free guide to this revolution, and introduce the support and funding that is out there to help.
MTA associate members Siemens Financial Services (SFS) have released a new research paper that investigates emerging pay-for-outcomes business models. The ongoing globalization of trade continues to apply pressure to margins, compelling businesses to closely scrutinize costs and efficiency. Find out more about this research within the Brief.
Data released this week showed that industrial output in Europe dipped in December 2016, but it followed a strong November which suggests that it may be an issue with seasonal adjustment rather than a real trend - this data has been on something of a saw-tooth through 2016 - and overall, the year ended up compared to 2015. For the economy as a whole, the 4th quarter data suggests a marginal slowing in the growth rate compared to 2015, but with a small acceleration for both Germany and France, while Italy was stable and Spain edged down. This week, we also report on the UK’s trade figures – where movements in erratic items are clouding the picture – and on the data for the US manufacturing technology and cutting tool markets; both of these ended 2016 quite well, although the year as a whole was rather disappointing.
That’s 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.