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Friday Brief

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

The MTA are delighted to announce we will have a pavilion at Metalloobrabotka in Moscow, Russia 14-18th May.

The pavilion will host a number of MTA members as well as a lounge with events planned for during the week. The event will be support by the MTA’s Russian office with James Fudge and Igor Bazhenov working on the event. For more details please see the story below.

We would like to get all of our amazing exhibitors to start encouraging their guests to MACH 2018 to register for their Entrance Pass and Fast Track Entry Pack now, via the exhibition website at www.machexhibition.com. With a full A-Z of exhibitors, floorplan and badge all posted out to those who pre-register, it means visitors can plan their day and access the show, avoiding the queues, once they arrive onsite. So, see the story below and together we can make sure we all have a great MACH 2018.

Made in the North West Awards are now in their sixth year and continue to provide an opportunity to highlight the talent and enterprising manufacturing skills that the region has to offer. There are eleven categories in total available for you to submit entries too, so please see the story below for details of how to enter your business.

Innovate UK’s Global Business Accelerator Programme, delivered by the Enterprise Europe Network, is organising a visit to Canada specifically targeted at innovative businesses in the advanced manufacturing sector. This visit is fully funded and accompanying programme of support will allow technology-orientated companies to identify opportunities and solutions in the advanced manufacturing sector. So please see within the Brief for details of how to apply for this.

The PMI data that was published this week generally followed a theme of slightly slower growth, albeit still generally at very good levels, especially in Europe.  None of the 25 countries and 2 regions that we track each month was below the crucial 50 level which points to a picture of manufacturing being in a good state around the world.  The initial estimate of GDP from Eurostat showed a good level of growth in the final quarter of 2017 and the figures for the year as a whole show growth of +2.5% for both the Euro-zone and the EU28 - this is faster than the UK for the first time since 2011.  Finally this month, we also have the latest indices for the Contract Price Adjustment service that we subscribe to on behalf of members.

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.   

Register today for your MACH 2018 Entrance Pass and Fast Track Entry Pack

Register today for your MACH 2018 Entrance Pass and Fast Track Entry Pack

The UK’s largest manufacturing technology event is returning to the NEC in Birmingham between 9th – 13th April. Visitors can now register for their Entrance Pass and Fast Track Entry Pack now, via the MACH exhibition website at www.machexhibition.com.

By registering for your free Fast Track Pass, visitors can start planning their visit and access all the latest information about the exhibition.

Your chance to be part of the UK Pavilion at Metalloobrabotka 2018

Your chance to be part of the UK Pavilion at Metalloobrabotka 2018

The MTA are delighted to announce we will have a pavilion at Metalloobrabotka in Moscow, Russia 14-18th May.

The pavilion will host a number of MTA members as well as a lounge with events planned for during the week. The event will be support by the MTA’s Russian office with James Fudge and Igor Bazhenov working on the event.

Manufacturing awards opportunity: Made in the North West Awards

Manufacturing awards opportunity: Made in the North West Awards

The awards are now in their sixth year and continue to provide an opportunity to highlight the talent and enterprising manufacturing skills that the region has to offer. Last year’s winners included Siemens, Jaguar Land Rover, Slingco, Magnesium Elektron, Milliken, Linco, Laila’s Fine Foods, Crawford Healthcare, Evoke Creative and WEC Group.

There is no cost to entering the awards and we have eleven categories in total available:

Digital Engineering / Technology Award

Supply Chain Award

Manufacturing Innovation Award

GLOBAL BUSINESS ACCELERATOR FUNDED VISIT TO CANADA – FOCUSING ON THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING SECTOR

GLOBAL BUSINESS ACCELERATOR FUNDED VISIT TO CANADA – FOCUSING ON THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING SECTOR

Innovate UK’s Global Business Accelerator Programme, delivered by the Enterprise Europe Network, is organising a visit to Canada specifically targeted at innovative businesses in the advanced manufacturing sector.

This visit and accompanying programme of support will allow technology-orientated companies to identify opportunities and solutions in the advanced manufacturing sector.  The four-day programme will take place in the cities of Toronto and Winnipeg.

A STEM Insight Programme

A STEM Insight Programme

The STEM Insight programme gives you the opportunity to showcase your business by offering a STEM Insight placement to careers leaders, teachers and technicians. Studies have shown that teachers play a vital role in helping young people find the right career path. By providing immersive experiences for teachers, you are supporting them to better understand the diverse range of STEM careers and career paths available to young people and helping to inspire your future talent pipeline.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

The MTA Business Survey for January is launching today - if you received this e-mail, please let us have your input as soon as you can.  As you can see from the story below and in other recent data, manufacturing and engineering is doing well and this survey provides the information about the manufacturing technology sector to place alongside other, more wide ranging data.  You can access the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-jan18 - we look forward to hearing from you.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, January 2018:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector moved down to its lowest level since July 2017, but with the reading at 55.6, it still implies a significant rate of expansion of activity in the sector and is a long way above the long-run average.  The PMI is a composite index of 5 measures of activity and part of the reason for the lower figure is an acceleration of input costs.  However, there was also slower, but still solid, growth in both output and new order intake.