Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
First up we have a good news story concerning a previous winners of the TDI Challenge. Chris Kalogroulis from Sutton Grammar School for Boys won the TDI Challenge 2016 (14-16 age category) with his unique Stackamals design. Following encouragement from the judges, the MTA, his teacher and family, Chris has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to develop his product further. Find our more on how you can support Chris and his project below.
We also have a write up of Emo Hannover from last week, so check out the story below for more details.
MTA members Citizen will be holding their annual Open House Event, at their headquarters in Bushey, Hertfordshire – October 3-5.
We’d also like to welcome JHP Machine Sales Ltd who are a new member of the MTA. See the story below to find out more about them.
CECIMO organised the International Additive Manufacturing Conference in Hannover (Germany) on 21 September 2017 during EMO. Gathering around 130 participants, the conference featured high-level experts from world-leading producers of additive manufacturing machines, internationally-renowned CAD/CAM software providers, established R&D centres and on-going European initiatives.
MTA associate members URICA are hosting a webinar on how to secure funding for international deals and making sure you get paid. This will take place on Friday 20th October find out how to sign-up for this session within the Brief.
Digital and tech companies from across the Sheffield City Region were told how they could access up to £25 million in public funds to help drive growth and productivity among small and medium size firms across the UK. More details on how to access this funding are found in the story below.
The Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC) is working with the Department for International Trade to bring together a Conference, Seminar & UK Inward Mission the week commencing 13 November 2017. Find out how you can attend and the agenda in the story below.
The ONS is in the middle of its annual round of revisions and re-basing of data series, which somewhat complicates monitoring of trends, but the overall estimates for the UK economy don’t seem to have been affected too much and the growth rate for the 2nd quarter is unrevised at +0.3%; however, because of changes to earlier data, the annualised rate of growth has been revised down to +1.5% (from +1.7%). Within the economy, manufacturing activity has been revised up a little, but we need to wait for the detailed industry estimates for a full picture. This week, we also reflect on reports from the CBI Trends Survey and the Bank of England’s Agents’ which both paint a general picture of health for the manufacturing sector, with export activity being particularly encouraging. Finally, we have news about how you can get data on machine tools from an exchange that took place at EMO, along with the presentations at the International meeting that CELIMO held during the exhibition in Hannover last week.
That’s all for this week we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, have a great weekend.