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Friday brief

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

We’ll start this week’s newsletter off with the results from last week’s MTA Golf Day, which took place at the Forest of Arden Marriot Hotel and Country Club. To find out who was crowned winner, see the story below.

Wednesday and Thursday saw the AMRC host a two day conference on Factory 2050: The Smart Factory, which showcased new technologies in their new Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future building. One of the exciting new development on show was the Microsoft HoloLens which is a self- contained, mixed reality head mounted device, capable of producing interactive, situational holograms. It is currently unavailable commercially in the UK, so the AMRC is using the opportunity to mature manufacturing processes ready for industry early adopters.

Cranfield University’s are developing a Manufacturing Leadership Programme for SMEs. We would appreciate it if you could take two minutes to complete this online survey to assist Cranfield with the development of the programme.

While you are in the mood for surveys it is your last chance to contribute to the MTA Business Survey. You can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-aug16 and we look forward to your participation in this important survey that tracks the UK Manufacturing Technology sector.

We have been contacted by the European General Manager of the US company, DRAKE Manufacturing who are looking for a partner to sell their machines in the UK market. Find out more about this opportunity within the Brief.

The UK manufacturing output data that was released this week inevitably attracted headlines around the sharp fall in output compared to June, but this headline hides a multitude of mixed messages; in part, these come from different industries having relatively good and bad times in different months - for example, Machinery was up in July after a weak June, but Metal Products was down in July after a good June.  Aerospace output fell in July, but the level was still the 3rd best month on record, beaten only by May and June and although Automotive output fell for the 3rd month in a row, this was from an exceptionally high figure in April that may have been driven by the seasonal adjustment rather than an exceptional “real” output performance and the overall level remains high.  Also this week, we cover the latest GDP estimates in Europe for the 2nd quarter from Eurostat.

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

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY – US MANUFACTURER LOOKING FOR UK AGENT

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY – US MANUFACTURER LOOKING FOR UK AGENT

We have been contacted by the European General Manager of the US company, DRAKE Manufacturing who are looking for a partner to sell their machines in the UK market.  DRAKE claim to be a world leader in grinding machines for helix type profiles and are seeking an agent who understands this market and already has knowledge of the principles of grinding – they would also need to have service engineers with knowledge of Fanuc controls.  Their main customers are tapping tool manufacturers, electrical steering manufacturers for worms and nuts, ball screw manufacturers and other customers who make

AMRC shows manufacturers how to peer into the future with Microsoft HoloLens

AMRC shows manufacturers how to peer into the future with Microsoft HoloLens

Over 100 global manufacturing companies have the unique opportunity to interact with the first Microsoft HoloLens within a High-Value Manufacturing Catapult research centre.

The HoloLens is being demonstrated for delegates at The Smart Factory, a two-day conference which opened today (7 September 2016), hosted by the Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG) of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing at their new word-class facility, Factory 2050.

Survey: Cranfield University’s Manufacturing Leadership Programme for SMEs – have your say

Survey: Cranfield University’s Manufacturing Leadership Programme for SMEs – have your say

As you will be aware, Cranfield University is launching a new programme called the Manufacturing Leadership Programme for SMEs (MLP). 

There will be 10 grants of £2,000 available for MTA members for this course.

We would appreciate it if you could take two minutes to complete this online survey to assist Cranfield with the development of the programme.

AMRC Factory 2050: The Smart Factory

AMRC Factory 2050: The Smart Factory

This week the AMRC in Sheffield held a two day conference on Factory 2050: The Smart Factory at their brand new Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future building. The 6400 sq m facility includes workshop, laboratory, offices and conference space.

Over the course of the two days there were cutting edge presentations, AMRC guided demonstrators and AMRC partner demonstrators. The implementation of Industry 4.0 will affect all manufacturing sectors and could be the catalyst to transform businesses in the short and medium term.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Index of Production, July 2016:  The latest data on manufacturing output from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the first to cover a post-Referendum period, but it is really too early to attribute any effect from this to the output data.  So, although the overall headline showed a decline of -0.8% in manufacturing output compared to July there is no clear reason behind this trend.