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Friday Brief

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

MTA CEO James Selka used his key note speech at the National Manufacturing Debate hosted by Cranfield University to highlight the importance of Industry collaboration in tackling the skills gap. James also called on the industry to do more to help improve the image of modern manufacturing to help attract the top talent into the sector. Read more below in the Brief.

Joshua Dugdale, the MTA’s Technical Manager and Paul O’Donnell, the MTA’s Head of External Affairs, recently attended the first Additive Manufacturing Special Interest Group (AM SIG), launched and hosted by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). Find out more about the group -  and the MTA’s plan to establish a Technical Committee for Additive Manufacturing - below.

MTA associate members Mathys & Squire have some important information on registered designs, which are an often overlooked IP right. They are cheap and simple to obtain, and if their filing is given proper professional handling, the legal rights they provide can be both powerful and valuable. Find out more in the feature below.

The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) are hosting events on how SME’s can supply into the automotive sector. If you are interested in attending the events more details can be found below.

Just a reminder that the MTA will be out in Stuttgart next week for the Moulding Expo, if you’re attending make sure you come over and say hi over at the MTA’s stand.

11 Turkish companies operating in the ICT & Technologies sector, are coming to London on 12-14 June during Tech Week. If you think this would be interesting and you'd like to meet Turkish market specialists, please email Serenay Yılmaz from the British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey at serenay.yilmaz@bcct.org.tr.

The main headline this week was the somewhat disappointing downward revision of the UK GDP growth rate for the 1st quarter of the year; this was mainly because the service sector, especially its’ consumer facing elements, came out below the estimates used in the preliminary figures released last month – this was something we trailed in our recent economic update presentation.  The latest investment data is very much “steady”, but we don’t get the crucial industry breakdown until the end of June.  There was also positive news from the CBI Industrial Trends survey that came out last Friday with strong growth in both orders and output.  We also note the latest data on UK machine tool exports and imports while, finally, you can download the economic presentation from the recent CELIMO annual meeting.

Finally, The MTA has had several new members join the association in the past few weeks, we’d like to wish all of them a big welcome. More details on the companies who have joined are listed below. Have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA and we’ll be back next Friday.

MTA CEO says that modern manufacturers need to address the ‘archaic’ image of the industry, to attract top talents into engineering careers

MTA CEO James Selka used his key note speech at the National Manufacturing Debate (NMB) hosted by Cranfield University to highlight the importance of Industry collaboration in tackling the skills gap.

The NMB is an annual event hosted by Cranfield University and took place on 24th May. The event brings together manufacturing professionals from a range of sectors to discuss and debate current challenges in the industry as well as encourage networking and collaboration across manufacturing to enable continued and long-term growth.

Additive Manufacturing Special Interest Group

Additive Manufacturing Special Interest Group

Joshua Dugdale, the MTA’s Technical Manager and Paul O’Donnell, the MTA’s Head of External Affairs, recently attended the first Additive Manufacturing Special Interest Group (AM SIG), launched and hosted by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

The AM SIG aims to provide a platform in the UK to create and promote new knowledge and knowledge transfer specific to Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing (AM/3DP), for the benefit of UK business and economic growth. The AM SIG is being funded by the Government for a two-year period through Innovate UK.

Five minute primer on registered designs

Five minute primer on registered designs

Registered designs are an often overlooked IP right. They are cheap and simple to obtain, and if their filing is given proper professional handling, the legal rights they provide can be both powerful and valuable. Some of the key battles in Apple and Samsung’s war over tablet devices were won and lost over registered designs. At one stage in those battles, an EU wide injunction was granted to keep products off the market in the whole of the EU. The scope and value of registered designs therefore should not be underestimated.

Turkish Delegation + Meetings on 12-14 June 2017, London

Turkish Delegation + Meetings on 12-14 June 2017, London

11 Turkish companies operating in ICT & Technologies sector, in general, are coming to London on 12-14 June during Tech Week.  

Regardless of your industries and sectors, these companies are able to offer easy solutions in software, communications, healthcare, retail, real estate, logistics, banking industries where you can easily make use and implement in your companies.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK GDP, 1st Quarter 2017:  The second estimate for the UK economy from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revised the quarter-on-quarter growth rate down to +0.2% (from its initial estimate of +0.3%), mainly as a result of “broad-based downward revisions within the services sector”.  These were mainly in consumer facing sectors such as retail and accommodation, partly because of rising prices;  there was also a small slowdown in growth in both construction and manufacturing.