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Friday Brief

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

January is now in full swing and we’re set for an exciting 2020 ahead. The word on everyone’s lips within our sector now is MACH. This year’s edition of the show takes place between 20th – 24th April at the NEC in Birmingham. If you’re yet to secure your stand for the show, it is time to act, as there are only 800 square meters of space left available to be allocated. See more in the story below and get in touch with the MTA team if you would like to discuss options to exhibit, we’re waiting for your call.

Staying with MACH 2020, we’d like to remind all exhibitors that visitor registration is now open at www.machexhibition.com. So, it is time for you to start inviting your customers and clients to the UK’s national manufacturing show. Registering to attend MACH 2020 before the event will make it easier for attendees to gain access to the show and cut down on waiting times entering the NEC. All registered visitors will receive regular updates about the show and a pre-registration pack, which contains show guide, fold out floorplans, ID badge and a product guide when they get to the exhibition.  

On January 30th in London the UK Export Finance Supplier Fair takes place. Progress Rail is seeking additional support for locomotive overhaul, maintenance and engine work as they expand their portfolio in the Middle East. Projects that receive financial support from UKEF are required to use UK suppliers, creating strong opportunities overseas for UK companies. See the story below for full details.

MTA member company Renishaw is taking a proactive step to help close the skills gap by trying to inspire more female engineers into the industry. They are promoting careers in engineering by running work experience schemes each year for students in years 10 to 13, find out more about this project within the Brief.

The GTMA have appointment Alan Arthur as Chief Technical Officer at the association. Alan is a highly qualified and experienced Engineering Manager, with over 35 years’ experience in supply chain management and project planning.     

As a result of new data from the ONS we have updated the estimates for UK production that are published in our Basic Facts booklet and prepared a sheet that gives the new figures for 2017 and 2018 - you can get these in the article below.  The only new data this week was the UK productivity estimates for the 3rd quarter of 2019 which show manufacturing output flat compared to the previous quarter, but down sharply on a year earlier (the preferred measure for a structural piece of data such as this). 

Also this week, there is the new data set for the Contract Price Adjustment Service that we subscribe to on behalf of members - if you have long term supply contacts with customers, this is something you might consider trying to incorporate into the contract and there is more information in the article below.

Thanks so much for reading, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news and views, until then have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.

An Association getting ready for a new decade….

An Association getting ready for a new decade….

GTMA is delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Arthur as Chief Technical Officer.

Alan is a highly qualified and experienced Engineering Manager, with over 35 years’ experience in supply chain management and project planning.    His commercial and international experience embraces a large range of technical disciplines and best practice in manufacturing and engineering. 

MACH 2020 LIMTED SPACE AVAILABLE

The UK’s National Manufacturing and Engineering showcase MACH 2020 will take place between 20th to 24th April 2020 at the NEC in Birmingham. The exhibition is the largest dedicated industrial show in the UK with the most live working machinery and the highest numbers of visitors.

MACH has a reputation for being the go-to place for companies looking for manufacturing technology equipment and, in 2018, boasted over 25,000 visitors, with £250 million of business attributed to it.

MTA Business Survey

MTA Business Survey

This is a reminder that the December edition of the MTA Business Survey - one of our slightly longer quarterly surveys - is still open for your input.  This can be done via the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-dec19.  Although December is a short month for business, it is important that we capture the trends for our industry, so if you have not done so already, please take a few minutes to fill in the survey.

Basic Facts 2019 Update

Basic Facts 2019 Update

With publication of the revised data for 2017 and 2018 from the ProdCom system by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) at the end of last year, we have prepared a sheet that updates the data tables in Basic Facts that cover machine tools, cutting tools, tool/work-holding and metrology equipment.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Productivity, 3rd Quarter 2019:  Data published by the ONS shows that labour productivity (output per hour worked) was +0.1% higher than in the same period in 2018, bringing to an end a run of four quarters of contraction.  This turnaround, which covers the whole economy, was because Gross Value Added (GVA - a measure of output) rose slightly faster than hours worked.

Opportunities with Progress Rail: UKEF Supplier Fair

Opportunities with Progress Rail: UKEF Supplier Fair

Progress Rail is seeking additional support for locomotive overhaul, maintenance and engine work as they expand their portfolio in the Middle East.

This includes a recent deal signed with Egyptian National Railways (ENR), involving the supply of diesel locomotives, modernising diesel locomotives from ENR’s existing fleet and overhauling another fleet of locomotives.

Opportunities with Progress Rail: UKEF Supplier Fair

Opportunities with Progress Rail: UKEF Supplier Fair

Progress Rail is seeking additional support for locomotive overhaul, maintenance and engine work as they expand their portfolio in the Middle East.

This includes a recent deal signed with Egyptian National Railways (ENR), involving the supply of diesel locomotives, modernising diesel locomotives from ENR’s existing fleet and overhauling another fleet of locomotives.