We only have a weekend separating us from the opening of the opening of MACH 2018 and as you can imagine it is all hands on deck at MTA towers making the finishing touches to the exhibition.
The official opening will take place on the concourse between Halls 19 and 20 at 10am and will feature Sir Ben Ainsile, MTA CEO James Selka and MTA President Geoff Bryant. This will be followed by Sir Ben taking a tour of the exhibition and take my part in a Q&A at midday in the MACH 2018 seminar theatre.
MACH 2018 has so much instore for exhibitors and visitors alike, as the latest advances in manufacturing technology are showcased at the NEC.
As usual, the first economic news of the month is the manufacturing PMI indicators which continue to paint a positive picture in most parts of the world, albeit one that is often reflecting slower, but still good levels of growth. The UK was one of only a handful of countries where the indicator was higher than in February, although in most cases (including the UK) only marginally so. We track 25 countries and 2 regions (Euro-zone and ASEAN) and all but 1 (South Korea) were above the crucial 50 level, although only 6 showed an acceleration in the rate of growth in activity. The only other news this month is the latest release of data from BEAMA for use in contract price adjustment formulas.
That’s all for this week, have a restful weekend and we look forward to seeing many of you at MACH.