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Friday Brief

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

We are now just 16 days away from opening the NEC’s doors on the UK’s largest advanced engineering showcase - MACH 2018. So, as you would expect, this week we have a MACH packed edition of the FB.

There’s a definite trend this year towards more live working machinery on show at the exhibition, which will enhance the experience for visitors and exhibitors alike. That means it is even more important to get your stand plans in, so we would like to remind any exhibitors reading this who haven’t yet done so  to return them to operations@adfield.co.uk as soon as possible.

It has been brought to our attention that a number of companies are purporting to offer the MACH 2018 Visitors list. It should go without saying that as even we, as organisers, do not yet have a full list anyone else purporting to doesn’t. We are currently taking legal action to stop these companies from using the MACH 2018 name. Please do not engage with these companies as these are not our lists. If you are in any doubt please email mach@mta.org.uk.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) are delighted to invite you to a networking reception at MACH 2018. Join us on Tuesday 10 April from 3.00pm - 4.00pm at our networking lounge, Stand 500, Hall 6. To find out more and how to attend this event please see the story below.

The MTA is excited to announce that it will be joining forces with The Engineer for MACH 2018 to bring readers the latest news from the UK’s biggest manufacturing technology showcase.  Published online from 6th – 16th April, The Engineer MACH Daily will bring readers the latest news from the show floor, spotlight the key technologies being launched, highlight the deals being done, and talk to some of the key figures in the UK manufacturing technology sector. Find out more about this within the brief.

This week saw the MTA and PPMA partner on a well-attended wellbeing event that focused on mental health and motivation in the work place. To find out more about this event please see the story below.

In a quiet week for economic news, the results of the CBI Industrial Trends Survey is the main item; this reflects recent trends in output data and our own surveys in showing as continuation of manufacturing growth, but at a slower pace than at the very start of the year.  Given the recent growth, this is perhaps not surprising as manufacturing is operating at a relatively high level and there is added encouragement ahead of MACH in that our key customer industries are among the principle drivers of this growth trend.  We also take a look at some structural data on R&D spending in the UK – again this demonstrates the importance of industries such as Automotive and Aerospace to the UK economy.

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

MACH 2018 more live working machinery on show

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MACH 2018 more live working machinery on show

With over two years of planning having gone into the event, MACH 2018 is now just two weeks away. MACH 2018 is going to be a fantastic showcase for the UK’s advanced engineering sector, bringing together all the latest manufacturing technology solutions under one roof.

James Fudge, Head of Events at the MTA, said “We are really pleased with the preparations for MACH 2018 so far. We are seeing an increase in the amount of live working machinery coming to the show from previous years, which will make for an enhanced experience for visitors and exhibitors alike.”  

MACH Visitor List

MACH Visitor List

It has been bought to our attention that a number of companies are purporting to offer the MACH 2018 Visitors list. Even we, as organisers, do not yet have a full list yet and we will not pass on these details.

We are currently taking legal action to stop these companies from using the MACH 2018 name. Please do not engage with these companies as these are not our lists.

If you are in any doubt please email mach@mta.org.uk.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, March 2018:  The latest results from the CBI survey largely mirror those of our own surveys of the manufacturing technology sector with manufacturing output growth remaining robust although at a slightly slower pace than in the previous month.  Output grew in 14 of the 17 sub-sectors, with Motor Vehicles & Transport Equipment, Chemicals and Electronic Engineering leading the way.  The respondents to the survey anticipate a further slowing of the pace of grow in the next 3 months.

The Engineer MACH 2018 Daily

The Engineer MACH 2018 Daily

The MTA is excited to announce that it will be joining forces with The Engineer for MACH 2018 to bring readers the latest news from the UK’s biggest manufacturing technology showcase.

Published online from 6th – 16th April, The Engineer MACH Daily will bring readers the latest news from the show floor, spotlight the key technologies being launched, highlight the deals being done, and talk to some of the key figures in the UK manufacturing technology sector.

Wellbeing in the Workplace

Wellbeing in the Workplace

This week saw the MTA and PPMA partner on a well-attended wellbeing event that focused on mental health and motivation in the work place.

The day saw Alan Bradshaw speak on what mental health is and how it effects businesses and the long term risks to individuals.

He gave advice on what companies can do to address and support staff in the workplace, by raising awareness and implementing strategies to protect employer and employee, which lead to vibrant discussions.