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Newsletter Listing intro for week 27

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

This week saw the final of our annual school competition the Technology, Design and Innovation Challenge. This took place at Yamazaki Mazak’s European Headquarters in Worcester.  The judging was split into two age groups; 14-16 years old and 17-19 years old, with one winner and two runners-up chosen from each group.

In the 14-16 year old category the award was won by Christopher Kalogroulis from Sutton Grammar School for Boys with his Stackamals project – a unique range of animals created from laser cut sheets of MDF, that can be used to store valuables. The winner of the 17-19 category was Ben Noar from Highgate School with his spherical wheel, designed to enable ease of movement. Full details on the event can be found below.

Warwick University are hosting an event next Friday to be delivered by lawyers Pinsent Masons explain what Brexit means for UK manufacturing. The session will cover an explanation of the mechanism under the Lisbon Treaty by which the UK Government initiates the process of withdrawing from the EU and a review of the potential alternative trading arrangements between the EU and the post-Brexit UK. For details on how to attend the event see the below story.

In a telling example of reindustrialisation the first custom-built steel foundry to be commissioned in the UK since the early 1980’s has been unveiled at AMRC Castings, part of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing.

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision will be holding its annual Precision Engineering Industrial Short Course at Cranfield University, UK, 19-23 September 2016. 

We have a reminder about the MTA business survey, which this month includes questions about Brexit, so completing it will help inform MTA policy going forward.

The main economic news this week was the UK manufacturing output figures for May which were generally quite positive, although the extent of this depends a little on which industry you look at.  This data is, of course, pre-Referendum, so it will be interesting to see how this develops through the rest of the year.  The Automotive industry is powering ahead following a couple of weak months early in the year but, although at a high level, the Aerospace sector appears to be levelling-off rather than growing significantly;  there was some good news with a small improvement in the Machinery industry, but this remains the weakest of the industries that we track each month.

That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, until then have a great weekend.

BEAMA Contract Price Adjustment Service

BEAMA Contract Price Adjustment Service

Do you have long-term contracts, either with customers or suppliers?  Have you thought about incorporating something in the contract that allows you to adjust the price according to changes in input costs?

On behalf of members, MTA subscribe to a service provided by our colleagues at BEAMA which gives a monthly track of key indices on labour and materials costs.  Of course, you need to get the principle and the relevant formulas included in the contract, but this gives you a way of updating the relevant prices independently.

First custom-built steel foundry commissioned since 1980’s to bolster UK steel casting innovation

First custom-built steel foundry commissioned since 1980’s to bolster UK steel casting innovation

The first custom-built steel foundry to be commissioned in the UK since the early 1980’s has been unveiled at AMRC Castings, part of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing.

The new advanced steels casting facility consists of two Inductotherm air melting induction furnaces, with a combined 2.8 tonne melt capacity, able to produce cast parts with a finished weight of up to 1300kg.

Precision Engineering Industrial Short Course

Precision Engineering Industrial Short Course

19-23 September 2016 at Cranfield University, UK  

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision will be holding its annual Precision Engineering Industrial Short Course at Cranfield University, UK, 19-23 September 2016.  Join us for this highly practical, results orientated five day intensive short course covering the basic principles and state-of-the-art concepts to increase the precision, accuracy and reliability of machine tools and products.

TDI Challenge shines a light on the next generation of UK engineering talent

TDI Challenge shines a light on the next generation of UK engineering talent

For over a decade the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) annual Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge, has been shining a light on young designers and engineers. The nationwide competition for schools aims to encourage teenagers to recognise the opportunities of a career in engineering and further develop their practical knowledge of modern manufacturing. 

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Index of Production, May 2016:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released data that shows an increase of +1.4% in total manufacturing output in the 3 months to May (March, April and May 2016) compared to the previous 3 months (December 2015 and January and February 2016) and growth of +0.6% compared to a year earlier (March, April and May 2015).

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

The June edition of the MTA Business Survey which, as well as being one of our longer quarterly surveys, also includes a couple of special questions about the post-Brexit world, is still open for members to respond (with thanks to those that have done so already).  Given the timing of this survey, we would encourage all MTA members to respond.

The on-line form is available at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-jun16 - we look forward to your participation in our key tracker of activity in the sector.