Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
Again we’d like to thank everyone who attended our centenary dinner last week, we hope you enjoyed the evening. Our President, Marcus Burton’s, speech from the event is now available in full below.
The Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge is back for 2019. The MTA’s flagship school’s competition is now open for entries. The national competition encourages students to submit their existing coursework projects, which would go towards either their GCSE, A-Level or BTEC qualifications. So check out the story below for full details.
We want to give everyone a quick reminder to MTA members that the February edition of the MTA Business Survey is still open at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-feb19 - we would encourage all members to take a couple of minutes to let us have your input so we can get as complete a picture of the business situation as possible.
Innovation, passion and bringing fresh thinking into the workplace, are some of the qualities that won Shivan Morkar the honour of being named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre’s annual awards ceremony. Find out more from the awards show within the Brief.
MTA members Fronius UK are promising an informative day brimming with fun as they host a performance inspired Open House at their Technology Centre in Milton Keynes. The date for your diary is Wednesday 15th May and to find out what they have planned and how to register please see the story below.
CECIMO welcomes attention being drawn to regulatory cooperation and non-tariff barriers for industrial goods in trade talks with the US, as these are the main obstacles to machine tool trade. Nevertheless, with talk of adding other sectors, CECIMO warns that progress is dependent on a limited scope in the negotiations.
The ESFA are conducting research in relation to apprentices and how they can developing the Apprenticeship Service, they are looking to engage with the MTA members to help shape his research. If you think you can help please see the story below.
In a quiet week for economic data, we complete the picture of the PMI data for manufacturing with bad news from Asia where both South Korea and Taiwan saw the index fall further below 50; in the Americas, all 4 countries were in positive territory, although with a mix of trends with Canada and the USA lower than in January, but Brazil and Mexico improving. The European GDP data has seen a minor revision that has edged up the quarter-on-quarter rate for the EU28 (no change for the Euro-zone), but there is no change to the figures for the year as a whole which saw GDP at +1.8% for the Euro-zone and +1.9% for the EU28 - these represent a slow-down compared to the 2017 figure of +2.4% for both areas.
That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, until then have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.