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Newsletter Listing intro for week 46

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

First up the MTA and Lloyds Banking Group this week released a report in to productivity in the UK.  The so-called ‘productivity puzzle’ alludes to the fact that productivity in the UK has not grown as fast after the last recession as it has done after previous ones. The report suggested that manufacturing risks being left in the productivity slow lane if action is not taken. Read all about the findings in the below story.

The MTA will have a stand at the Imagineering Fair, which takes place at the RICOH Arena in Coventry this weekend (19-20 November).  Open to children and their families, please visit this page for more information. You can book tickets here. The Imagineering Foundation is a charity that introduces 8-16 year olds to the fascinating world of engineering and technology through fun, hands-on activities.

The Department for International Trade have launched a new website – www.GREAT.gov.uk  which aims to match supply and demand putting power in the hands of businesses to start exporting or attract investors, and to make doing business abroad as attractive as it is to do business at home. 

On the 15th November, MTA staff members attended the Manufacturing Technologies Centre in Coventry event on Digitising Manufacturing 2016.

The Technopolis Group has been commissioned by the European Commission (EC) to undertake an evaluation of the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC). If you require more information on this please contact the MTA’s Technical Manager Joshua Dugdale on JDugdale@mta.org.uk.

With the release of the latest figures (for September) by Eurostat, industrial production in Europe continued its recent see-saw monthly trend;  although the month-on-month trend was down, the annualised figures showed an increase compared to September 2015.  As usual, the capital goods industry is even more volatile, but the overall trend is similar.  On a more general note, the first release of GDP figures for the 3rd quarter showed all of the EU countries (data was published for 21 Member States) in growth mode, both on the quarter-on-quarter trend and the annualised rate.  Despite a strong showing for machine tool orders in September as a result of IMTS, the year to date trend in that market remains negative, as does the US cutting tool market which did not seem to share in the stimulus from the exhibition.

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

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

European Industrial Output, September 2016:  Data from Eurostat for September shows a fall of -0.8% in total industrial production for the Euro-zone and a fall of -0.7% for the EU28 as a whole.  This continues the somewhat see-saw trend we have seen in this data during 2016, but the underlying trend remains upwards with industrial production in the Euro-zone increasing by +1.8% compared to September 2015, with growth of +1.6% for the EU28 overall.

Launch of GREAT.gov.uk

Launch of GREAT.gov.uk

The Department for International Trade have launch a new website – www.GREAT.gov.uk  which aims to, intelligently and simply, match supply and demand, putting power in the hands of businesses to start exporting or attract investors, and to make doing business abroad as attractive as it is to do business at home.  Once registered, companies can promote their goods and services to international buyers, search hundreds of export opportunities and access preferential deals that we have negotiated with online marketplaces.  The Department for International

Digitising Manufacturing Event at the MTC

Digitising Manufacturing Event at the MTC

On the 15th November, MTA staff members attended the Manufacturing Technologies Centre (MTC) in Coventry event on Digitising Manufacturing 2016. The event looked at global developments in, and the application of digital manufacturing technologies. Speakers included UK pioneers of the fourth industrial revolution as well as industry experts from Germany and across Europe. The presentations given covered a range of topics, such as Policy, Education and Training, Work Environment, Implementation and Standards.

MANUFACTURERS RISK GETTING STUCK IN ‘PRODUCTIVITY SLOW LANE’

MANUFACTURERS RISK GETTING STUCK IN ‘PRODUCTIVITY SLOW LANE’
  • Nearly three fifths of manufacturers are worried about a lack of productivity in the UK economy, but only around a quarter believe it is an issue for their own business
  • Two thirds of manufacturers already have a plan in place to boost their productivity
  • But six in ten say a skills shortage is the main barrier to faster productivity growth
  • And half say they need to do more to innovate

European Commission Machinery Directive Industry Survey

European Commission Machinery Directive Industry Survey

Please be informed that the Technopolis Group has been commissioned by the European Commission (EC) to undertake an evaluation of the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC). The purposes of this study is to review performance of the directive, to assess the extent to which it is meeting its objective, to determine whether it is currently fit for purpose, and identify any areas for potential improvement.

MTA’s annual engineering challenge for school back for 2017, bigger and better than ever

MTA’s annual engineering challenge for school back for 2017, bigger and better than ever

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is delighted to launch the 2017 edition their flagship schools competition for young engineers, the Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge.

For over a decade the TDI Challenge has been shining a light on Design and Technology students aged 14-19. The national competition encourages students to submit their existing coursework projects, which would go towards either their GCSE, A-Level or BTEC qualifications.