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Friday Brief

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

Firstly we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended the MTA’s Annual Dinner last night at the Park Plaza on Westminster Bridge. It was a fantastic evening and a great celebration of advanced manufacturing in the UK.

We would like to thank those members who contributed to our survey which picked up some of the questions raised in the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper.  Please see below for the highlights of the results which will feed into other work we are doing to prepare our response to the Green Paper.

The MTA work closely with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) to ensure we can give our members up to date a relevant information about taking on apprentices. NAS have produced an Employer Guide to Apprenticeships which members might find useful. Please see the story below to download the guide.

We have some sad new to report, Clive Ashmore founder of what is now Star GB passed away this week at the age of 83, everyone at the MTA sends their sincere condolences. He served on MTA committees and a long serving member of the Association. If you would like more information on this please contact Star directly.

Cranfield University are launching Manufacturing Director’s Programme (MDP) on the 27th of April jointly with Cranfield School of Management, find out more within the Brief.

Join Renishaw on the 6th of April for their automotive open house and discover how they could help improve your manufacturing within the automotive industry. Hear from their CMM and Additive Manufacturing specialists and their associate company MSP, as well as the SMMT on the latest trends in the automotive sector. Click here to attend https://renishawukauto.eventbrite.co.uk.

The economic news this week is generally positive.  Industrial production in Europe almost reversed the falls recorded in December, with Capital Goods leading the way;  the CBI Industrial Trends Survey pointed to strong trends for both orders and output, with the Machinery industry notably featuring in both trends;  the Bank of England’s Agents’ report also pointed in the right direction and although the trends were more modest, the best performing sectors generally included those of most interest to MTA members (unless your focus is Oil & Gas which remains weak).  The only negative in this week’s news was the slow start to the year in the USA, although this was only in the machinery side of the market (and had been expected), with tooling sales up on the 2016 figures.

Finally we’re delighted to welcome for new members to the association this month Emuge-Franken, SSP Technology Ltd, Voortman UK Ltd and Acsys Lasertechnik UK. Have a great weekend and we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news. 

Renishaw UK Automotive Open House – 6th April – Renishaw Innovation Centre, Gloucestershire

Renishaw UK Automotive Open House – 6th April – Renishaw Innovation Centre, Gloucestershire

Join Renishaw on the 6th of April for their automotive open house and discover how Renishaw could help improve your manufacturing within the automotive industry. Hear from our CMM and Additive Manufacturing specialists and their associate company MSP, as well as the SMMT on the latest trends in the automotive sector. Also, See the BLOODHOUND Super Sonic Car first hand on the day!

The event will take place at the Renishaw Innovation Centre in Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire.

Information regarding UK export opportunities

Information regarding UK export opportunities

A famous and well known Swedish interior company which export products from Sweden to the UK by boat, Gothenburg – Immingham, are now looking to subsidise UK Exporters as a new part of their new CSR Strategy. The company ship their goods in small containers, of approximately 53 m3 per box (7,6 loading meter and 18 pallets/box). The problem is that 80 % of these containers travel back from the UK to Sweden (Immingham – Gothenburg), 12-15 times per month, completely empty which is a waste of natural resources and, from a sustainability perspective, a nightmare.

Cranfield University are launching Manufacturing Director’s Programme

Cranfield University are launching Manufacturing Director’s Programme

Cranfield University are launching Manufacturing Director’s Programme (MDP) on the 27th of April jointly with Cranfield School of Management. This is a new programme and builds on current strategic leadership and manufacturing competencies so that one can better manage uncertainty and risk whilst driving the agenda for innovation and productivity improvements. For more details please see the attached documents.

Employer Guide to apprenticeships

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Employer Guide to apprenticeships

The MTA work closely with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) to ensure we can give our members up to date a relevant information about taking on apprentices.

NAS have produced an Employer Guide to Apprenticeships which members might find useful. Please see below to download the document. 

Welcome to new MTA Members

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Welcome to new MTA Members

We are delighted to welcome four new Members to the MTA this month.

Emuge-Franken

Emuge-Franken UK Ltd are the UK subsidiary of Emuge Franken GmBH in Germany. They have been based in Rotherham for over 20 years.

They are part of the Emuge-Franken group which has over 80 years’ experience in the development & production of precision tools for the machining industry.

They specialise in threading technology, thread milling technology, gauging technology, milling technology, tool clamping / holding & work piece clamping.

MTA Annual Dinner Great Success

Last night saw 500 people come together for the MTA’s Annual Dinner, a fantastic celebration of the manufacturing technology industry.

The event, which was held in London for the first time in seven years, was a huge success with guests entertained by Alexander Armstrong and Simon Evans. MTA President Geoff Bryant gave the keynote speech with a rousing call to support exporting companies.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

European Industrial Production, January 2017:  Data from Eurostat shows that total industrial production (manufacturing plus utilities and extraction activity) in the Euro-zone was +0.9% higher than in December 2016, although it is worth noting that this fell by -1.2% in the previous month, so this is no more than a correction of the previous figure;  compared to January 2016, total industrial production increased by +0.6%.  For the EU28 as a whole, the trends were +0.5% and +1.3% respectively.