Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
The MTA's Annual Forecasting Seminar will be held on 18th October 2018 at ISCAR Tools Ltd, Woodgate Business Park, Bartley Green, Birmingham, B32 3DE.
The seminar sees the presentation of the MTA’s Annual Forecasts for the machine and cutting tool markets. Prepared by Oxford Economics the forecasts are an invaluable data set, not obtainable anywhere else, so see the story below to find out how to book your place.
There is just one week to go to get your applications in for Ballot 1 for space at MACH 2020. Ballot 1 is for stands of above 200 sq m; applications for this ballot close on Wednesday 5th September, and the draw will take place on 7th September. If you would like more information on how to submit your Ballot application, get in contact with the MTA’s Head of Sales Samantha Jones and she’ll happily talk you through the process (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the MTA office on 020 7298 6400.
The MTA have recently started an Additive and Digital Technical Committee. The first meeting for this committee concluded that the MTA should look at promoting these technologies to the UK supply chain aiding their uptake and adoption. One of the other areas we are also working on is an additive and digital manufacturing technology promotional booklet. As part of this we are very keen to have information on our members who provide products, training, services or anything else, in either one or both of these areas. See within the Brief for further details.
The MTC is hosting a one-day course which provides an advanced introduction to Additive Manufacturing. Delivered directly by their expert engineering team at the home of the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing, this face-to-face course will provide you with knowledge of the associated principles, processes, materials and design approaches of additive manufacturing.
MSC R&D are hosting a series of webinars created and delivered to help businesses maintain the levels of R&D investment necessary to ensure continued growth. To find out how to register for the webinar please see the story below.
It has been a relatively quiet time for economic news this week, but the European Commission’s Economic Sentiment Index edged down marginally, continuing a trend that has been running most of the year, although the overall level remains relatively high. Similarly, industrial confidence fell slightly, but also remains at a strong level. We have crunched the numbers for UK machine tool exports and imports for the first half of the year and both show strong growth compared to the same months in 2017; in both cases, trade with the European Union grew more quickly than business with the rest of the world. Finally this week, CECIMO has released a new edition of its Economic & Statistical Toolbox – this has an updated format that is easier to read, with more charts to explain the trends both within the European Machine Tool industry and in the general economic environment.
Thanks very much for reading, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, until then have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.