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HRH will open MACH at a time when the UK’s manufacturing sector is finally showing real signs of growth – a time when it matters as never before to the UK’s economic prosperity.

The 1st quarter analysis for 2010 of the UK’s Output, Income & Expenditure from the Office for National Statistics saw growth revised up; with manufacturing output stronger than had been estimated in the earlier figures.  

The main aim of the Scarborough Engineering Week was to inspire and encourage young people to consider Engineering as a career whilst demonstrating the wealth of opportunities available to them in Scarborough itself. The event has been funded by a number of Scarborough Engineering Companies including MTA member Unison Ltd, Bluebird Coaches Limited and Plaxton Limited. Other key partners have included Yorkshire Coast College, Business Link and Scarborough Borough Council to name but a few.

This is a brilliant indicator, which compares favourably with the 2008 figure at this stage (11,625) and we now all have to work hard to ensure all these people – and more – visit! Please keep reminding your staff, customers, suppliers and prospects about the show, and don’t forget to mention your stand number, so they don’t miss you in the halls.

Encouragingly, there have also been more than 130,000 unique visitors to the MACH website, so there is certainly a great deal of interest in the exhibition.

Machine Tool Orders turned around in the fourth quarter of 2009 in CECIMO countries, after dropping by over 50% in the first quarter of 2009 (in comparison with the same period one year before) as a consequence of the financial crisis. Mr. Hauser, President of CECIMO, explains that “since order backlogs are still very low, it will take a few more weeks before the turnaround is clearly observed in sales”.

The activities taking place during the mission at MACH2010 include:

•    Pre-arranged one-to-one introductory meetings with international delegates from Russia, India, China, and commercial officers from these markets plus Germany (Chinese and Russian interpreters will be on hand during these meetings)

•    Entry to the invitation-only evening reception on Monday 7 June. Places are limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis

All visitors who pre-register will receive a free Fast Track entry pack before the show. The pack includes their personal visitor badge, the ‘NEW@MACH’ booklet and fold-out hall maps.

If you are coming to MACH as a visitor, don’t forget to register for your pack, and encourage your colleagues to do so also,

So what did the Liberal Democrats get? At first sight quite a lot. The list begins with Nick Clegg’s appointment as Deputy Prime Minister and four other cabinet posts; it includes a referendum on the AV voting system, commitments to scale back the scope of the so called surveillance state (which most Conservatives were keen to do anyway), a joint committee to review the UK’s banking sector, the delay of the implementation of an inheritance tax cut, and a whopping increase in capital gains tax…

The modest feedback from the April 2010 survey is compared to the survey result from March which was heavily weighted by a small number of large orders. In view of the historical survey results however, the feedback suggests that April was a good month for orders.