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Newsletter Listing intro for week 21

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 jfudge@mta.org.uk.

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 podonnell@mta.org.uk .  

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 nharrison@mta.org.uk.

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.

AMRC is launching a Level 5 Foundation Degree and Higher Apprenticeship in Manufacturing Technology

AMRC is launching a Level 5 Foundation Degree and Higher Apprenticeship in Manufacturing Technology

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.

Pre-recorded lectures and material which students will access remotely in advance of the assigned academic day to maximise the benefits of the face-to-face contact.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK GDP, 1st Quarter 2016:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has updated its preliminary estimate for GDP and although the quarter-on-quarter rate is unchanged at +0.4%, the value is slightly lower than previously estimated so the rounded trend rate for the comparison with 12 months earlier has been reduced to +2.0% (from +2.1% in the preliminary estimate).

Prestige Lecture by Dr. Ir. Jelm Franse, Senior Director Precision Mechanics at ASML, The Netherlands

Prestige Lecture by Dr. Ir. Jelm Franse, Senior Director Precision Mechanics at ASML, The Netherlands

Tuesday 28 June 2016, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK at 17.30 pm
Precision Mechanics and Mechatronics in ASML Lithography Equipment – Key Drivers for the Continuation of Moore’s Law for Semiconductor Devices

The EPSRC Centre in Ultra Precision welcomes Dr. ir. Jelm Franse, Senior Director Precision Mechanics at ASML, The Netherlands to Cranfield University on Tuesday 28 June 2016 for the Centre’s annual prestige lecture.

HEXAGON HELPS STUDENTS AIM FOR POLE POSITION

HEXAGON HELPS STUDENTS AIM FOR POLE POSITION

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.

The 24-strong team from the University of Sunderland is using a Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence TIGO SF co-ordinate measuring machine and ROMER Absolute portable measuring arm for a range of measurement and inspection tasks.

CECIMO Additive Manufacturing Events in Brussels (May 2016) – AM Working Group and AM Conference in the European Parliament

CECIMO Additive Manufacturing Events in Brussels (May 2016) – AM Working Group and AM Conference in the European Parliament

This week CECIMO recently held an two separate Additive Manufacturing events – with MTA representation.  The first event was held on 24th May 2016 at CECIMO offices in Brussels Belgium.  This event provided opportunities for updates, sharing and alignment on AM work done across Europe from CECIMO member entities including Austria, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, Italy, UK, Czech Republic and Germany.  For a summary of the discussion please contact Ian Skeels.

MACH Visitor List - Fraud Warning

MACH Visitor List - Fraud Warning

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.

The MTA never makes the MACH attendee list available for sale or allows it to be sold on by third party organisations.

We recommend that you disregard all correspondence from these companies and if you have any questions or concerns please contact the MTA directly.

MTA Supporting its Members in Europe – ISO16089 Transition Date

MTA Supporting its Members in Europe – ISO16089 Transition Date

The MTA Technical Committee provides a forum for members to influence and manage technical matters pertinent to the membership and the wider industry.  Technical Committee members from Hardinge and Fives Landis noticed that ISO16089 had recently been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) with a transition date of 30th June 2016, leaving insufficient time for an appropriate transition. 

MTA at Metalloobrabotka in Russia this week

MTA at Metalloobrabotka in Russia this week

The MTA has been present in Moscow this week at Metalloobrabotka representing UK business. The association had a stand at this annual show and is considering the potential of a small pavilion for 2017 alongside other European Associations.

James Fudge, Head of Events, said "It's been a really interesting week and great to see so many visitors interested in the UK market. Following a successful MACH, it's reassuring to see the UK market is still attracting attention on an international platform".

MTA support National Manufacturing Debate and National Apprenticeship Competition 2016

MTA support National Manufacturing Debate and National Apprenticeship Competition 2016

This week (On 24th and 25th May) the MTA supported the National Apprenticeship Competition (NAC) and 2016 National Manufacturing Debate (NMD) at Cranfield University.

The MTA were headline sponsors of the NAC and CEO James Selka sat on the judging panel for the event.  Apprentices in engineering and manufacturing technologies from across the UK were invited to design habitation modules suitable for Manufacturing on the Moon. Working in company teams, finalists showcased their innovative ideas to the panel of national judges.