Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
It has been a very busy week for the MTA representing our members at a number events across the UK and Europe.
MTA CEO James Selka was at Cranfield University where he sat on the judging panel for the National Apprenticeship Competition 2016 on Tuesday. And on Wednesday James turned his attention to the seventh annual National Manufacturing Debate where he also sat on the panel for the main debate alongside representatives from the CBI, EEF, Siemens and Cranfield University. Read a full report of the event below.
The MTA’s Head of Events James Fudge has been in Moscow at the Metalloobrabotka exhibition to explore the potential having a small pavilion for 2017 alongside other European Associations. If you are interested in the Russian market please contact James Fudge on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have also been in Brussels this week with MTA Technical Manger Ian Skeels and Head of External Affairs Paul O’Donnell representing our membership at the CECIMO Additive Manufacturing (AM) Working Group and AM Conference in the European Parliament. We have a report of this event in the Brief below and also the latest new from CECIMO explaining how they intend to create a European strategy for additive manufacturing (AM) to support the steady, long-lasting and consistent development of this technology in Europe.
Staying with the EU, we’ve a recent example of the sort of interaction we can have with the Commission to change, or in this case delay, regulation. This is the sort of day-to-day activity we believe Brexit threatens. If you want to lend your support and that of your company to the MTA’s position, please contact the MTA’s Head of External Affairs, Paul O’Donnell at email@example.com .
We have been made aware that a number of companies, based abroad, have been offering for sale information purporting to be the MACH 2016 visitor attendee list. We would like to warn all our exhibitors that this data is not the genuine information compiled at the show. If you have any concerns please contact Nicola Harrison in the MTA Office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
MTA member company Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence UK is helping a group of university students to fine-tune the design of a single seat racing car for a top educational motorsport competition. Find out how they are doing this in the story below.
The University of Sheffield in collaboration with the AMRC is launching a Level 5 Foundation Degree and Higher Apprenticeship in Manufacturing Technology. The Foundation Degree in Manufacturing Technology developed with employer input, utilises the latest learning technologies to support the students, not only inside, but outside the classroom using “Flipped Learning” techniques. More details on the course are below.
Back to Cranfield University, on Tuesday 28th June they will host a Prestige Lecture by Dr. Ir. Jelm Franse, Senior Director Precision Mechanics at ASML, The Netherlands. The topic of the lecture is Precision Mechanics and Mechatronics in ASML Lithography Equipment – Key Drivers for the Continuation of Moore’s Law for Semiconductor Devices. Find out how you can attend within the Brief.
The ONS slightly down-graded its estimate for the size of the UK economy in the 1st quarter of the year and although there was no change in the quarter-on-quarter rate (at +0.4%) compared to the preliminary figures issued last month, the 12-month rolling trend was reduced to +2.0% (from +2.1%); the main issue seems to have been lower than anticipated output in the construction sector. The preliminary data for business investment, although down a little on the previous quarter shows that capital spending remains at a high level and is well above the pre-recession peak. There was also some modestly positive news from the CBI Industrial Trends survey published at the end of last week which showed slightly better order books and a sharp increase in production.
That is all for this week, enjoy the bank holiday weekend and we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news.