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BARA presents its sixth quarterly newsletter, published 20th January 2009

Please follow this link to our website for Statistics for New Robots 2007.

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Hello to all of our members. I trust you all had a very enjoyable Christmas and New Year celebration. Unfortunately this will probably be the last newsletter that I will produce. Lots of changes are in the pipeline so "watch this space" - well, our website actually, to find out more! You will be e mailed regarding any future changes if and when they happen. All the best for the future, from me.

Liz Maxted-Bluck
Administrator/Editor

Ken Young and Geoff Pegman would like to announce that the BARA Council has called an EGM at the International Manufacturing Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL on 26th February 2009 at 9.00am, in Board Room 2. This is in order to vote on the resolution for the BARA membership to join the PPMA and for the BARA identity to exist as a special sub-group within the PPMA with representation on the PPMA Board. All members are welcome, but only supplier members will be able to vote. Proxy votes can be sent by e mail so please let us know if you cannot attend the meeting but do wish to vote. Also please let us know if you are going to come, for tea and coffee orders. Please click here for map showing how to get here. Please follow this link for more information on our website under Recent News.

Mike Wilson, our President has provided the following downloads and information for the benefit and in the interests of our members:-

Semta works with Employers to help improve performance through the development of critical skills - we can help to support your business right now. For more information please click here.

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Public Sector opportunities below £100k - the route to business growth in 2009 and beyond; The current credit crunch and recession has been highly damaging to British business. Now is the time for urgent action to prevent a domino effect, when problems with individual businesses cause wider collapse throughout the UK.

To keep the wheels of the economy turning, the focus of the private sector should be on accessing profitable and safe, new opportunities within the UK public sector market and stimulating fresh growth.

The public sector market; The public sector is a huge market with spend expected to exceed £175 billion (Source www.hm-treasury.gov.uk) this year within the UK alone. With a diverse range of requirements across all industry sectors, this market represents a fantastic opportunity to ensure continued growth through these uncertain economic times. For Business Link editorial for the Supplier route to Government, please click here.

Opportunities below £100k - suitable for small businesses; Register for free and benefit from the Daily Email Alert service to be notified of tender opportunities relevant to your business as they are required by the public sector.

Awareness of these prime opportunities is the first stage in securing work with the public sector - 1000's of opportunities are advertised every month for a wide variety of requirements.

Supply2.gov.uk - free tender opportunity alerts; Supply2.gov.uk advertises new opportunities everyday. Since launch in June 2006, in excess of 110,000 opportunities have been advertised via the portal.

Can you afford to miss an opportunity which may be vital to the growth of your business?

Register today for free at www.supply2.gov.uk - selling to this market could be the route to ensure business success throughout 2009 and beyond.

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Voltrex are a FSA regulated boutique investment house that work with investment banks, hedge funds, corporate and private clients.

They deal with corporates, private clients and hedge funds and trade in the region of £500 million per month. They are a streamline operation with low overheads unlike a bank or multinational broker which allows them to offer sharper pricing and much more proactive service. They send morning market reports that give people an indication on what is happening in the market. It's free to set up an account and you have no obligation to use their services but I have no doubt that you will be pleasantly surprised when you compare quotes. They are unique in the industry as they have a number of divisions and are FSA regulated unlike a lot of the brokers in the market.

The company is also the leading broker with online capability which allows clients to view real time prices, trade online, send international payments, place orders, view previous deals, view up to date charts and market commentary - essentially manage your whole foreign exchange exposure online. For downloadable presentation, please click here.

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The Government, last year, launched "Solutions for Business - funded by government" a national package of publicly funded business support products. For a simplified summary of this, please click here. For downloadable pdf of the Solutions for Business leaflet, please click here.

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BERR Action for Business update - PBR 2008 and other activity

The Department for Business's Action for Business programme is focused on helping UK businesses through difficult economic times. We are exploring innovative solutions to the current problems and issues facing businesses, while building on existing BERR policy initiatives. In the medium to long term, we are developing a strategy to ensure businesses can take full advantage of the upturn. I attach a separate annex to this note which sets out some of the other support for business offered by the Department. For more details, please click here and for the latest press notice, please click here.

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Peter Mandelsons', Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, tries to provide real help with finances - launching a package of support to address the cash flow, credit and capital needs of businesses. For a full report please click here.

Events

TM Robotics open day demonstrates investment despite the downturn
Event was held to mark major product launches and inaugurate new head office. For more detail, please click here.

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BARA Emergency General Meeting - open to all members of BARA BARA, IMC, University of Warwick 26th February 2009
Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show The South's premier industrial exhibition event FIVE, Farnborough 11th and 12th February 2009
Part of CICADA project Symposium on Humanoid Robotics iCub project at University of Manchester 19th February 2009
40th International Symposium World-wide robot sector - meeting for scientists and professionals Barcelona 10th -13th March 2009
Skills West Midlands Careers Event for 14-19 year olds Ricoh 18th-19th March 2009
IFR and IEEE Entrepreneurship Award is a joint venture with IEEE and IFR Japan 12th May 2009

Quarterly Quote

Adept robots handle our smallest components with speed, accuracy, and precision far beyond what a manual assembler could achieve. The robots are so easy to program, we don't have to hire engineers to manage the process. The results have been impressive ~ our lab efficiency and accuracy have increased dramatically.
Mike Cox

Press Releases

Scorpion Vision Scorpion Vision 3D create stereo vision for robots to build an objects 3D model in space View PDF
BARA Robotics for Development of Cognition - One of the first Humanoid Robots in Britain View PDF
Fanuc Robots take essential role at King Automative; Robots are seen as an essential resource to compete with overseas businesses. View PDF
KUKA Europes largest robot manufacturer, celebrates its 35th anniversary in the UK and wins another accolade for the Titan, the world's strongest 6-axis industrial robot. View PDF
The Government Solutions for Business - Business support matters View PDF
Motoman Polishing robot pays for itself quickly. Cell flexibility allows reconfiguration for welding or machining. View PDF
Rockwell Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1400 Controllers fill niche control needs for machine builders and end users. View PDF
Pilz Free poster aids application of functional safety standards. View PDF
ABB ABB demonstrates a brighter future for the food sector. View PDF
KUKA Space-saving robot chosen for plastics task. View PDF
Rockwell Rockwell Automation names Ralph Carter as President for Rockwell Software. View PDF
Barr & Paatz Barr & Paatz appointed Festo E-Drives System Integrator. View PDF
Pilz PNOZmulti Configurator gains user-centred enhancements View PDF
AC & E AC & E announces Composite Inspection offline programming software. View PDF
Nachi Nachi's system partner ATM Automation cuts through Polypipe's flash problem. View PDF
Nachi Nachi introduce the uniquely designed 7-Axis MR Presto Robot. View PDF
IFR Call for applications for IEEE/IFR Invention and Entrepreneurship Award. View PDF
ABB ABB appoints new head of its Robotics Division in the UK and Ireland View PDF
Machine Building Expanded guide to the new Machinery Directive. View PDF
IFR IFR World Robotics information 2008, and charts, is available to downlaod as a pdf here View PDF
Fanuc European debut for the world's largest production robot View PDF
ABB ABB's new compact painting robot offers improved technolgy for spraying small parts. View PDF
Rockwell Multi-vendor repairs done under one roof. View PDF
Pilz New all-in-one safety gate switch and interlock. View PDF
Motoman Robotic handling demo at PPMA show, NEC, Birmingham, last month, included twin-camera vision system. View PDF

Best regards,
Liz Maxted-Bluck
Administrator/Editor