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The MTA has had a few new members join the association in the past few weeks, we’ll like to wish all of them a big welcome. More details on the companies who have joined are listed below.

Biesse Group UK

http://www.biesse.com/uk/

Sawcraft UK Ltd

http://www.sawcraft.co.uk/

Master Abrasives Ltd

Bank of England’s Agents’ Summary and Inflation Report:  The latest review of business conditions by the Bank of England’s Agents showed a strengthening of growth in manufacturing output, with Automotive and Aerospace companies particularly strong - this picks up on the manufacturing output data we discussed last week.  More generally, activity growth in export supply chains had increased, reflecting the earlier fall in Sterling, with further growth predicted for this year.

Just a quick reminder that, subject to operational considerations, we will close the April edition of the MTA Business Survey early next week, but there is still time to get your return to us for inclusion in the analysis.  The on-line form is the best way to do this and you can access this at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-apr17 (you won’t need to login to access this form).  We value the input of MTA members to what is a very

China is one of the leading global manufacturing hubs and the fastest growing consumer market in the world. As an operating base, manufacturing for export to other Asian economies, and as a consumer market in its own right, China offers almost unparalleled opportunity for foreign businesses looking to trade.  

This week EMO Hannover hosted a press conference for this year’s exhibition at the MTA offices in London.

The gathered press were addressed by Dr. Wilfried Schafer Executive Director of VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), Oliver Frese Board member of Deutsche Messe AG Hannover, Paul O’Donnell Head of External Affairs at the MTA and Stewart Lane Business Manager at Renishaw.

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, April 2017:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK picked up strongly to a 3-year high level of 57.3 as both output and new orders expanded at faster rates.  Markit, who compile the surveys, note that this was under-pinned by robust confidence, although confidence is not directly part of the index (in this context it is worth noting that the data was gathered before the announcement of the General election).  Manufacturing production expanded a

The MTA has been asked to engage with the Review of Industrial Digitalisation, in particular in helping it understand the barriers that prevent investment in and the adoption of digital technology, not least by SMEs. To this end I would like to ask you to take 10 minutes to complete the short survey linked below. We are keen to be make this part of the Review a success and to continue to demonstrate the relevance of the MTA to this issue.

The MTA Business Survey for April was launched earlier this week;  there has already been a reasonable response, but we are keen, as always, to maximise this and hope that we can encourage you to respond.  The survey provides a valuable indicator of the health (or otherwise) of the manufacturing technology sector and you can access the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-apr17 - we look forward to hearing from you.

Just a reminder that our biennial survey of charges made for visits by service engineers is still open for your response.  We have sent out reminders this week those member companies who we think this is relevant to, but if this is of interest and you have not seen the questionnaire, please contact Geoff Noon at MTA (e-mail:  gnoon@mta.org.uk) for a copy.

GF Machining Solutions’ will host an Open House in May to launch their new CUT P series of advanced wire EDM machines to UK audiences. If you’re a precision component manufacturer or mould maker looking for the latest wire EDM technology on the market.

It’s a unique opportunity to see wire EDM technology in a whole new light - and, as such, promises to be a landmark and truly inspirational event.

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