Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
This week feels like an event special as we’ve got details of a number of future exhibitions and webinars.
A reminder from organisers of EMO Milano that it will still run as planned this October. Alongside the positive uptake of the show, there is further information about the safe running of the show and how it will operate. We have also been informed this week that IMTEX 2021 will not be taking place in June as planned but will be returning to it’s usual slot in January 2022. Find out more below.
The MTA are busy planning a series of webinars (watch this space for further details) but we have details of our digital sales webinar on 13th May. The aim of this webinar is to help members understand and maximise their virtual selling potential whilst physical visits and exhibitions are on hold. Register for your free space in the story below to find out more.
On the theme of webinars we have details on the next series of BEIS webinars running next week on trading in a post-Brexit landscape. Details of the remaining webinars are contained within the story below.
We also have details this week of a call for applications for funding from MTA Member NPL and Innovate UK. Eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found within the link below.
Following the release of the data that was missing when we wrote the main article last week, we have updated our analysis of the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data for the manufacturing sector covering Asia and the Americas region. There are some mixed trends here but the general thrust is of an improvement compared to February but with both India and Brazil bucking this trend with lower but still positive readings. Indeed, across our analysis, only Mexico and Hungary had a PMI reading below the crucial 50 level despite increasing Covid-infection levels in many countries.
Also this week we have a couple of items from our European colleagues. CECIMO (the manufacturers group) has issued the new edition of its Toolbox which gives an update on the economic situation for the machine tool industry against 5 themes and CELIMO has announced its Spring economic webinar next week - details of how to join this are in the article below.
A reminder also that the MTA Business Survey for March (which was launched at the start of this month) is still open for your input at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-mar21 and we would encourage all members to participate in this important survey - it should only take a couple of minutes.
That’s all this week, have a good weekend.