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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.