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Friday Brief

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

This week saw the Manufacturing Technologies Association support the PPMA BEST (Business Education, Skills and Training) STEM day to encourage next generation of engineers. The event took place at the Museum of Science and Industry, in Manchester, with well over 100 year 10 students from across the Greater Manchester region. See below for more details.

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust has conducted its annual award of prestigious Scholarships to future leaders of the engineering profession. A record 413 sixth form Scholarships have been awarded this year at Ceremonies in London and Edinburgh. You can find more out about this within the brief.

Are you a manufacturer looking to launch a new product?  Are you trying to break into new markets?  This half day workshop delivered by MTA associate member Bridge PR will take place on 14th December, in Leamington Spa. The event offers practical guidance and advice for manufacturing businesses that are looking to growth by diversifying.

The MTA is supporting the National Sales Conference which brings together Sales Directors, Heads of Sales, Sales Managers and Sales Professionals on 30th November at the RICOH Arena. This event will help transform your sales team and in turn your businesses profitability. Find out the details of the day and the discounts that are available to MTA members who attend.

City and Financial Global is launching the UK Innovation Summit, which will take place in London on November 29th, 2017, to provide companies with a practical, actionable guide to improving their productivity through innovation.

There was further evidence of the divergence in the UK economy with the manufacturing output data showing strong growth in most parts of the sector, led by the Capital Goods industries, while the UK’s GDP growth is lagging behind that in Europe where the engine that is Germany is pulling the economy to faster growth.  The UK manufacturing output data was mostly good news - the exception being a continued stagnation of the Metal Products industry - and although European industrial activity dipped in September (compared to August), the underlying trend remains upwards and this may well be a seasonal adjustment issue.  The Bank of England’s Agents’ summary of business conditions was also generally positive and productivity in the whole economy increased thanks to a combination of stronger output and by fewer hours being worked.  The only negative set of data was in the UK trade figures where the trade deficit expanded in the 3rd quarter as imports rose and exports fell.

That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, until then have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.

UK Innovation Summit

UK Innovation Summit

City and Financial Global is launching the UK Innovation Summit, which will take place in London on November 29th, 2017, in order to provide companies with a practical, actionable guide to improving their productivity through innovation. The objective is for delegates to take away practical ideas that they apply to improving innovation and productivity in their own organisations.   

Through a selection of case studies and highly interactive panel discussions, the programme will examine in detail on: 

Are you a manufacturer looking to launch a new product? Are you trying to break into new markets?

Are you a manufacturer looking to launch a new product? Are you trying to break into new markets?

This half day workshop will take place on 14th December, in Leamington Spa. The event offers practical guidance and advice for manufacturing businesses that are looking to growth by diversifying. It will cover what you need to know for Operational Fitness for Diversifying, what Quality Standards you will need to consider and what Marketing you will need to carry out to reach and engage with your target markets and audiences.

Delivered by experts working in the manufacturing sector who will share their knowledge and expertise with real life case examples of diversification. 

The UK’s Future Leaders in Engineering Honoured

The UK’s Future Leaders in Engineering Honoured

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust has conducted its annual award of prestigious Scholarships to future leaders of the engineering profession. A record 413 sixth form Scholarships have been awarded this year at Ceremonies in London and Edinburgh.

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships act as a beacon to the most talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students in UK schools and help to ensure that high-potential young people stay engaged in the engineering careers pipeline, in the critical 16 to 18 age range.

MTA FORECAST PRESENTATIONS

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MTA FORECAST PRESENTATIONS

We have updated the files on the MTA web-site with the presentations given by John Walker and Jeremy Leonard at our recent forecast seminar - these now include notes that were taken during their talks which give some more flavour around the slide, especially for those members who were not at the event.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Manufacturing Output, 3rd Quarter 2017:  With publication of the September figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) we have the data for the 3rd quarter of the year and we will focus on this rather than the monthly trend.  Total manufacturing output grew by +1.1% compared to the previous quarter and was +2.8% higher than in the 3rd quarter of 2016.

£4m manufacturing training hub opens in a bid to flood UK industry with talent

£4m manufacturing training hub opens in a bid to flood UK industry with talent

A £4m state-of the-art training hub was officially opened last week, with bosses urging other manufacturers to step forward to avoid a skills drain caused by the uncertainty of Brexit.

The Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT), which is run by a consortium of Classic Motor Cars, Grainger & Worrall, In-Comm Training and Salop Design & Engineering, was unveiled in front of 250 people with many delegates receiving their first glimpse of the 36,000 sq ft facility.

MTA Support STEM day to encourage next generation of engineers in Manchester

MTA Support STEM day to encourage next generation of engineers in Manchester

This week saw the Manufacturing Technologies Association support the PPMA BEST (Business Education, Skills and Training) STEM day to encourage next generation of engineers.

PPMA BEST is an independent charitable trust set up to encourage young people to discover the opportunities for a career in the engineering industries, partnered with the Museum of Science and Industry, in Manchester, to host an interactive STEM day on Monday 13th November.