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Friday Brief

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

Firstly, sales for MACH 2018 are being described as “a very encouraging sign for the industry’” by MTA CEO James Selka. Over 75% of the exhibition’s space has already been sold, with just under a year to go before the show opens. Find out more in the story below.

Staying with exhibitions, EMO Hannover takes place this coming September and the MTA this week hosted its official UK launch. Dr. Wilfried Schafer, Executive Director of VDW, led the press conference and explained what we have to look forward to at EMO this September. If you’re interested in attending the exhibition as an exhibitor or a visitor please contact the MTA’s Head of Events James Fudge at jfudge@mta.org.uk for more details.

The MTA Business survey for April has launched and we’d like to encourage all of you to take part. The survey provides a valuable indicator of the health (or otherwise) of the manufacturing technology sector and you can access the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-apr17  - we look forward to hearing from you.

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) are always keen to find new ways to help you grow your business. As one way of making this happen, they would like to invite you along to an event tailored to manufacturing SMEs. Find out how you can get involved in the below story.

MTA Associate member Mathys & Squire have produce a guide for trademarks and branding in China. The feature includes practical information on trade mark registration, trade mark enforcement, licencing you trade mark, adapting the mark to the Chinese market and policing your trade mark. For more information please see the story below.

The industrial output data released on Thursday attracted some rather negative headlines, but this was heavily influenced by the falling demand for energy (which is part of industrial production, but not manufacturing).  While the figures for manufacturing were not great, they were at least positive and as we discuss in the article below, the data on the most important industries for MTA members were mostly very positive with strong growth still being recorded.  The message is, as usual, while headlines are important, make sure you look at the detail to get the right picture for your company.

That’s all for this week we’ll be back with more industry news next Friday.

MTA host EMO press conference

MTA host EMO press conference

This week EMO Hannover hosted a press conference for this year’s exhibition at the MTA offices in London.

The gathered press were addressed by Dr. Wilfried Schafer Executive Director of VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), Oliver Frese Board member of Deutsche Messe AG Hannover, Paul O’Donnell Head of External Affairs at the MTA and Stewart Lane Business Manager at Renishaw.

Trade Marks and Branding in China

Trade Marks and Branding in China

China is one of the leading global manufacturing hubs and the fastest growing consumer market in the world. As an operating base, manufacturing for export to other Asian economies, and as a consumer market in its own right, China offers almost unparalleled opportunity for foreign businesses looking to trade.  

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

Just a quick reminder that, subject to operational considerations, we will close the April edition of the MTA Business Survey early next week, but there is still time to get your return to us for inclusion in the analysis.  The on-line form is the best way to do this and you can access this at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-apr17 (you won’t need to login to access this form).  We value the input of MTA members to what is a very useful and timely indicator of the trends for the manufacturing technology sector in the UK.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Manufacturing Output, March 2017:  Publication by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) of the March data also gives us the complete picture for the 1st quarter of the year and we will focus on that in this report.  Total manufacturing output increased by just +0.4% compared to the previous quarter, but was +2.6% higher than a year earlier (1st quarter of 2016).