Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
Farnborough International Airshow is one of the world’s leading aerospace events and this year the MTA is planning a pavilion for our members to exhibit within at a special MTA members’ discount rate. Full details on packages available for this can be found within the Brief or just contact the event team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this week the MTA received thanks from Downing Street, for our supportive letter backing the Year of Engineering campaign. Find out more in the story below. In support of Year of Engineering there is an opportunity for MTA members to submit stories to Autosport magazine. Engineering is a topic their audience are passionate about, creating a demand for more content which they intend to fulfil their bi-monthly Engineering Specials. And they would like MTA members to submit their latest news related to motor sport engineering to them. For full details please see the story below.
Mental health at work is an issue which is rising up employers’ agendas, so on the 21st March, at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, we are hosting a Well Being Event between 10:00am to 15:00pm. This half-day training workshop delivered by business psychologist, Alan Bradshaw, raises awareness of mental health at work, including the new mental health core standards. Alan will also discuss the practicalities of what to do and where to start both in terms of prevention and support. The event has a particular focus on SMEs although the content will be useful for all organisations.
Staying at the MTC HP are holding a 3D Printing Open House on 20th March. Join the HP 3D Printing team for an exciting day at the MTC facilities, with special guest speakers Mark Barrington from Jaguar Land Rover and FDM Digital Solutions’ CEO Graeme Bond. Register in the story below.
The EURIS Task Force, of which the MTA are a member, has welcomed the publication of the UK Government’s technical note on International Agreements during the Implementation Period for providing greater clarity on the Government’s intentions for this time-period.
There is a bumper bundle of economic news this week, with positive stories from the Bank of England’s Agents’ and data from Eurostat that points to strong economic growth generally and a continuation of the significant growth in industrial production and especially the output of capital goods across Europe. We also take a look at the recent data on the output of the three key elements of the UK automotive industry, which includes news of a new record level of output for vehicle engines in 2017. Data from the USA shows that 2017 was a good news for both the machinery and tooling aspects of our industry with both recording growth of 8% last year. The final piece highlights some of the key trade data for the UK form 2017 which was released at the very end of last week.
That’s all for this week, have a great weekend and we will be back next Friday with more industry news. Have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.