Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
First up, we’re looking to put together some video case studies about the 2016 edition of the MACH Exhibition. The videos will help promote Members as well as market next year’s show and ensure we maintain the high-standard of visitors to the exhibition that our exhibitors expect. To find out how you can get involved see the story below or email the MTA’s PR Tom Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The MTA are pleased to inform members of two shows in 2017 organised by the team who brings you AMB Stuttgart. The first is the sister show being held in Iran. AMB Iran (www.ambiran.com) with be held 23-26 May 2017 in Teheran. The Second event is Moulding Expo, which will be held in Stuttgart from 30th May - 2nd June. Find out more details about these exciting opportunities within the Brief.
This week The MTA’s Education & Development Coordinator, Laura Pickering, attended a breakfast briefing hosted the Baker Dearing Trust, the promoter of University Technical Colleges (UTCs). The event focused on the report “From school work to real work”, find out more below.
Last week saw the official launch of the North East Automotive Alliance’s (NEAA) new Manufacturing Innovation Group (MIG), which forms part of the alliance’s Innovation and Technology thematic strategy group. The MIG will ensure the North East automotive industry delivers a consolidated approach to manufacturing project challenges, pooling knowledge and resources to identify best solutions for maximum productivity and adoption.
STEM Ambassadors from leading institutions are staging an ‘Engineering Extravaganza’ to inspire the next generation of engineers.
As part of British Science Week, four professional organisations will stage an interactive fun day at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s Knowledge Transfer Centre on Monday 13 March 2017.
CECIMO commits to contribute to a new European Industrial Strategy. Luigi Galdabini, President of CECIMO and Managing Director of Galdabini SPA, was one of the renowned panellist at the first European Industry Day that took place on 28 February 2017. He supported SMEs’ view and reported the challenges that the industry faces accessing new technologies. This intervention was in line with the “Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy” signed by 125 European manufacturing associations, which calls the European Institutions to define and implement an ambitious European industrial strategy.
Although the UK's Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for manufacturing was at a 3-month low, the level of 54.6 remains strong and it seems that this was recognised in most of the coverage; this seems mainly to reflect the current situation where orders and output) are being boosted by the weakness of Sterling, but input prices are rising, taking the edge off the positive news. The Euro-zone data was also positive and all but 3 of the other countries that we track saw their PMI reading above 50. This week, we also report on the latest Economic Sentiment Index from the European Commission, have a first look at the emerging data for UK exports and imports in 2016 and announce the availability of the latest report for the Contract Price Adjustment service that we access for those members involved in long-term contracts.
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.