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The MTA Business Survey for December is launching today - this is one of our slightly longer quarterly surveys, but we hope that this won’t put you off and that as many MTA members as possible will take a few moments to help us build a picture of our industry as we move into what will be a momentous year for the UK economy.  The on-line form available at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-dec19 and we look forward to receiving your

Two model apprentices, who won big at the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre’s annual awards, have returned from the trip of a lifetime touring Boeing’s state-of-the-art factories in Portland and Seattle.

Mary Stickland and Craig Horton, who are both from Rotherham, earned the opportunity to spend eight days in Oregon and Washington by winning the Siddall Achievement Award in March 2019.

The UK-Africa Investment Summit Manufacturing Event 

14 – 15 January 2020

The UK-Africa Investment Summit (UK-AIS) Manufacturing Event is a unique opportunity for UK companies to learn more of the possibilities of investing in manufacturing operations in Africa and to raise African governments’ awareness of UK investor needs. 

In November 2019, at the STEM Inspiration Awards, Stephen Pickles, Process Development Technician at global engineering technologies company Renishaw, won the Inspirational Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Technician Award. Pickles, who works at the company’s Miskin site in South Wales, was praised for his dedication to STEM education outreach.

UK National Accounts and Business Investment, 3rd Quarter 2019:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the UK National Accounts this morning and revised upwards the estimate for GDP growth to +0.4% (it had been +0.3%).  There was also an upward revision, of the same magnitude, in the annualised rate which is now put at +1.1%.  There are also some small revisions to previous quarters back to the start of 2018 and these mean that the growth rate for 2018

With less than five months to go until the doors fling open to the UK’s national manufacturing and engineering  event MACH 2020, visitor registration page is now live at www.machexhibition.com.

James Selka, MTA CEO said “I would encourage all exhibitors to start contacting their customers and directing them towards the MACH 2020 website to register. The countdown to MACH 2020 starts here.”

Queen’s Speeches, it turns out, are like busses. You wait for what seems like ever for one and then two come along at once. There was two and a half years between the May Government’s only one, after the 2017 General Election, and Boris Johnson’s first in October. That was held against a backdrop of the forced recall of Parliament and a looming Brexit deadline with the PM assailed from all sides. This week’s event was a bit different.

UK Manufacturing Output, October 2019:  The headline figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that although manufacturing output increased by +0.2% compared to September, the preferred measure of looking at the 3-month rolling trend showed a reduction in the latest 3 months (August, September and October 2019) of -0.7% compared to the previous 3 months (May, June and July 2019) and of -1.5% compared to the same months last year (August, September and Octob

We will be closing the MTA Business Survey for November early next week but there is still time to file your return - the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-nov19 is still open.  In answering the confidence question, we would ask any respondents to reflect their feelings before the General Election to avoid, if we can, any distortions to the sentiment in this survey.

On the 10th December the 2019 CECIMO General Assembly elected Massimo Carboniero as Chairman of the Technical Committee, and Bruno Cathomen as Chairman of the Communication and Advocacy Committee, for a period of two years. Delegates also confirmed Marcus Burton as Chairman of the Economic Committee for another mandate.

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