Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
The MTA have been working in collaboration with the Engineering Industries Association on securing funding for international exhibitions in the Asian market. DIT has approved funding for UK SME companies exhibiting at METALEX, total metal working solutions, including Machine Tools, Sheet Metal Working, Wire, Tube and Welding in Bangkok from 22 - 25 November 2017. For further information please contact Karen Finegold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 3DPRISM Project has developed a series of e-learning modules to train technicians and operators engaged in the use of 3D Printing technologies. These will be demonstrated to and evaluated at the AMRC Training Centre in Rotherham on Friday 29th September and Tuesday 24th October. Find out how you can attend within the Brief.
We have a new member of the MTA this week and we would like to say a big welcome to Comau. See below for more information on this robotics company.
On the 12th September join Renishaw at their South Gloucestershire site for the MIMAC seminar. Explore the drivers, challenges and successes of miniaturisation in modern motion system design.
The GDP figures for the UK in the 2nd quarter, although showing a small improvement compared to the quarterly rate in the 1st period of the year, represent a slowing in the annualised growth rate for the economy; the service sector improved, but manufacturing slipped back, although significant movements in the pharmaceutical sector seem to be the main reason for this. The latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey painted a very positive view of the sector in terms of output and orders but, although the overall trend for investment intentions improved and was very strong for the Transport Equipment industries, there is some concern at a weak result for the Machinery and Metal Products industries. Finally this week, we take a look at the vehicle and engine output data released by SMMT that attracted some headlines around Brexit this week, but are also generally positive.
That is all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.