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Newsletter Listing intro for week 20

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.

Cranfield University and the MTA are set to launch a Manufacturing Leadership Programme course for SMEs this September (2016). To celebrate the launch of the course SMEs are invited to a complimentary briefing event on the 28th June 2016 at Cranfield University. More information on the course itself can be found within the Brief and please contact Laura Pickering in the MTA office for more details on this exciting new offering from the MTA and Cranfield University (lpickering@mta.org.uk).

We have been informed that bureaucratic difficulties and delays which were previously reported for machinery and parts entering Turkey have worsened since the beginning of 2016. For full details on this please see the story below. If this tallies with your experience please let us know.

The China-Britain Business Council would like to introduce its latest report, Made in China 2025 – Opportunities for UK Partnership, delivered in conjunction with UK Trade & Investment on the opportunities for UK companies in the manufacturing sector in China.

Sticking with the subject of China, Tony Hague MD of PP Electrical MTA member has submitted a blog to share with the rest of the membership  on how to ‘China Proof’ your business. This feature gives an insight into how UK machinery builders can ‘China proof’ themselves against lower cost replicas.

The MTA has been involved in the development of standards for new level 2 and level 3 apprenticeship in metrology, in association with the National Physical Laboratory. The level 2 apprenticeship is approaching its conclusion you can have your say through the story below.

Businesses in the automotive supply chain that need to invest in bespoke tools to complete contracts are to get specialist support, thanks to the launch of a new Tooling Finance product by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Find out more details on this in the story below.

Innovate UK have recently announced a new competition for innovation in Additive Manufacturing (AM), in which up to £4.5million will be invested in collaborative research industrial projects.

On 12 May, the IfM held its annual Briefing Day, attended by more than 150 senior industrialists and policymakers. You can read a summary of what the IfM researchers considered some of the challenges of competing in an Industry 4.0 in the story below.

The latest GDP data from Europe had generally good news, with the pace of growth across the region picking up a little compared to the end of last year;  of particular note was the strong growth in Germany which, if it can be sustained through the year will pull the rest of the EU along with them.  Domestically, the indications from the Bank of England’s Agents’ remains slightly negative for manufacturing as a whole, but there are some glimmers that we might be approaching a turning point and that once we are past the EU Referendum (assuming a vote to remain), we should see an improvement in the sector.

Thank you for reading and we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news. Until then have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.

Made in China 2025 Report - CBBC

Made in China 2025 Report - CBBC

The China-Britain Business Council would like to introduce its latest report, Made in China 2025 – Opportunities for UK Partnership, delivered in conjunction with UK Trade & Investment on the opportunities for UK companies in the manufacturing sector in China. This report presents opportunities for globally renowned UK expertise in the export of high tech equipment, technical and management consultancy services, joint R&D, design, education and skills training, and financial and professional services.

Turkey and trade barriers

Turkey and trade barriers

We have been informed via Industry Forum that bureaucratic difficulties and delays which were previously reported for machinery and parts entering Turkey have worsened since the beginning of 2016.

The Turkey trade barriers issue was brought to the attention of the Dept for Business and Skills (BIS) on 18 February and discussed at a meeting held by the European Commission (DG TRADE) on 17 March.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

European GDP, 1st Quarter 2016:  The flash estimate from Eurostat shows that GDP for both the Euro-zone and the EU28 as a whole was +0.5% higher than in the previous quarter;  compared to a year earlier, GDP grew by +1.5% in the Euro-zone and by +1.7% for the EU28 as a whole.

Leader Chuck Systems open house

Leader Chuck Systems open house

At the recent MACH 2016 exhibition we had our largest ever stand, and we welcomed around 250 visitors from the whole spectrum of advanced manufacturing industry sectors. We had a busy time, but with around 25,000 visitors to the event we only had time to see just one per cent. So, we thought 'why not do it all again?'  

For one week beginning Monday, 13th June 2016, we will replicate our MACH stand within our showroom in Leamington Spa. You are invited to come along and see first-hand the very latest workholding and productivity enhancing solutions including:

Digital futures - and other manufacturing matters

Digital futures - and other manufacturing matters

Digitalisation – everyone is talking about it but what does it mean in practice for industry and government? On 12 May, the IfM held its annual Briefing Day, attended by more than 150 senior industrialists and policymakers.

In the opening session, IfM researchers considered some of the challenges of competing in an Industry 4.0 world, including:

LLOYDS BANK MOVES TO BOOST UK AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR WITH NEW SUPPORT

LLOYDS BANK MOVES TO BOOST UK AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR WITH NEW SUPPORT

Businesses in the automotive supply chain that need to invest in bespoke tools to complete contracts are to get specialist support, thanks to the launch of a new Tooling Finance product by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Tooling Finance is tailored to manufacturers with a proven track record in the automotive supply chain, and provides up to 90 per cent of the project cost upfront, with typical terms of up to 24 months.

China Proofing

China Proofing

Tony Hague, Managing Director of MTA member PP Control and Automation (PP), gives an insight into how UK machinery builders can ‘China proof’ themselves against lower cost replicas.

We’ve heard it many times before and now many UK machinery manufacturers are seeing it first hand…the threat of the Far East replica.

Update on the Progress on National Physical Laboratory’s Metrology Apprenticeship

Update on the Progress on National Physical Laboratory’s Metrology Apprenticeship

NPL are currently leading an innovative initiative aimed at defining a UK national level 3 Metrology Apprenticeship.

The initiative has a draft apprenticeship content ready for submission to UK Business Innovation and Skills.  Prior to submission, NPL would appreciate wide stakeholder review and comments via the survey link below…

Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Q7DCXKL

Additive Manufacturing competition now live on Gov.UK

Additive Manufacturing competition now live on Gov.UK

Innovate UK have recently announced a new competition for innovation in Additive Manufacturing (AM), in which up to £4.5million will be invested in collaborative research industrial projects.  The competition seeks to support companies in successfully removing barriers to growth in AM, by encouraging businesses to lead a broad exploration and development of innovative digital manufacturing capability.

Projects are expected to range in total costs from £0.5million to £1.5million and must be led by a business, and undertaken in collaboration with another business.    

Cranfield University & MTA Partnership - Manufacturing Leadership Programme for SMEs: Briefing Event

Cranfield University & MTA Partnership - Manufacturing Leadership Programme for SMEs: Briefing Event

To celebrate the launch of the Manufacturing Leadership Programme for SMEs (MLP), you are invited to a complimentary briefing event on the 28th June 2016 at Cranfield University.

At the briefing event you will discover how MLP can help you. Importantly you gain practical proven advice on how to steer your organisation through change and as a leader, win the hearts and minds of your colleagues, so that they can deliver vision you have for your manufacturing business.