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Newsletter Listing intro for week 31

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

The ballot packs for MACH 2018 should have hit desks this week so you can start planning your stand for the next exhibition. If you have not received a ballot pack yet please see the story below which contains all the information you’ll need to apply.

Skills and workforce development regularly top members’ priority lists. With that in mind the MTA wish to survey our members to get your opinions on the development of a 3-5 year Learning and Development strategy, please take five minutes to complete the survey here -  http://www.mta.org.uk/ld-member-survey.

Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society, will open the Factories of the Future Conference 2016: Materialising Factories 4.0. the conference takes place over two days 15th and 16th  September, to find out how you can attend see the below story.

MTA members Forcam have produced a white paper for managers seeking to boost productivity and quality by introducing a continuous improvement process (CIP). The paper introduces the concept of true overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and can be accessed in the story below.

A pioneering collaboration between the University of Sheffield School of Mathematics and Statistics and the Machining Group of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing is developing simulation tools that can be used to create new automated manufacturing processes. Find out more details within the Brief about this exciting development.

The July edition of the MTA Business Survey was launched at the start of this week and remains open for Members to respond. You can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-july16 - we look forward to your participation.

The main economic news this week was, of course, the cut in UK interest rates and a raft of other measures by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to “support growth”; in the article below Geoff Noon explores the meaning behind some of these moves and whether or not they will be successful.  Ironically, one of the best bits of news from this for our sector was a further weakening of Sterling which should help exporters - although the cut in interest rates had largely been priced in to pre-announcement rates, the other measures took the market more by surprise and while the FTSE closed up, the currency was down.  Comments from the Chancellor that the measures were intended to support the economy “as we negotiate our exit from the EU” suggest that they may be in place for some time.

Other economic news this week included the latest Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector which was poor for the UK and a slower rate of growth for the Euro-zone economy in the 2nd quarter of 2016.

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

University of Sheffield statisticians and AMRC engineers collaborate to create new autonomous manufacturing processes

University of Sheffield statisticians and AMRC engineers collaborate to create new autonomous manufacturing processes

A pioneering collaboration between the University of Sheffield School of Mathematics and Statistics and the Machining Group of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing is developing simulation tools that can be used to create new automated manufacturing processes.

Commissioner Günther Oettinger to open the Factories of the Future 2016 Conference

Commissioner Günther Oettinger to open the Factories of the Future 2016 Conference

Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society, will open the Factories of the Future Conference 2016: Materialising Factories 4.0. It’s a clear sign of the high relevance of our conference topics and participants.

As Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mr. Oettinger has been a strong advocate for digitisation in manufacturing and leads the Commission’s DG CNECT which co-supports the ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership together with DG Research and Innovation.

Join the UK Exporter Directory

Join the UK Exporter Directory

Register your business in a new export directory that aims to promote British goods on an unprecedented scale. Potential overseas customers and buyers from global markets will be able to search for UK companies and organisations that will supply the products, services and skills they need. The Directory will be launched in November 2016 and will be supported by international marketing activity to increase and sustain the ongoing demand for UK goods and services.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

Bank of England Inflation Report, August 2016:  Interest (pun not entirely unintended!) in the quarterly inflation report from the Bank of England (BoE) does not, on this occasion, focus on what they have to say about inflation;  rather, all the headlines are being grabbed by the widely expected cut in interest rates that was unanimously agreed by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) and the other, less anticipated, measures that were agreed at their meeting this week.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

The July edition of the MTA Business Survey was launched at the start of this week and remains open for Members to respond.  We had a record response to the June survey and, although the holiday season will inevitably take its toll on the response rate, we would like to keep up the momentum so, if you are about to go away, please complete the survey before you go and if you are reading this on your return from holiday, please turn to it as soon as you can.

Free Guide for Managers on Leading by Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Free Guide for Managers on Leading by Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Managers seeking to boost productivity and quality by introducing a continuous improvement process (CIP) will be interested in a new white paper from Forcam. The paper introduces the concept of true overall equipment effectiveness OEE and shows how every member of the production team can be provided with customised and objective real-time data that will improve performance.

Learning & Development Survey – your opinion matters

Learning & Development Survey – your opinion matters

Just a gentle reminder that the MTA is developing a new 3-5 year strategy for Learning and Development.  This strategy will be developed by the Learning and Development Committee and the Board.  To ensure we implement a strategy that our members will value and find useful, we would appreciate it if you could take the time to complete this survey. Please forward the link to anyone in your company that this survey would be relevant for.

Survey link: http://www.mta.org.uk/ld-member-survey