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Newsletter Listing intro for week 48

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

First up MTA CEO James Selka attended JIMTOF in Tokyo last week and you can read the report from the exhibition below.

For Members looking to get into the Russian market, we are planning a UK Pavilion at Metalloobrabotka in Moscow in May next year. The UK have been given an excellent location within the exhibition halls alongside other European pavilions.

The new Apprenticeship Levy comes in to force in April 2017, so make sure you’re ready and check out this handy blog with information on how it all works here -  https://sfadigital.blog.gov.uk/2016/11/30/building-registration-for-the-digital-apprenticeship-service/.

Is your company focussed on helping to close the current industry skills gap? Do you recruit apprentices or graduates? Would you like to help inspire the next generation of engineers? Do you have links with schools, colleges or universities?

The MTA is expanding its Education & Development Committee, and is looking to recruit new members from a range of MTA member companies. The Committee meets four times a year, and also acts as the judging panel for the annual Technology, Design & Innovation (TDI) Challenge finals.

The CECIMO General Assembly took place in Rome on 26 November 2016. The received a presentation about the health of the European machine tool industry, looking at production levels, the total value of the sector and exports. You can read the full report from the Rome Assembly in the below story.

Machining, Composite and Integrated Manufacturing specialists at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre have joined forces to build what is believed to be the world’s first reconfigurable carbon composite robotic machine tool. Full details can be found in the story below.

We have just launched the November edition of the MTA Business Survey and would like to encourage as many MTA members to participate as possible.  This survey gives a quick and useful overview of the manufacturing technology sector in the UK. You can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-nov16

The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data released this week was generally good news and although the UK’s reading fell slightly it still remains strongly positive; indeed, it was rising input prices as a result of the weakness of Sterling that dragged the figure back as both output and orders still have solid growth.  Most of the rest of the world continues in positive territory, but with a mixture of trends between the individual countries.  The latest release of GDP data from the ONS confirmed the initial estimate of growth for the 3rd quarter of +0.5% compared to the 2nd period of this year and +2.3% above the level of a year earlier.  There are some signs in the preliminary data for the 3rd quarter that investment has edged down, but we need to wait for the more detailed figures in a month’s time to see how the manufacturing sector has been affected.

In office news Executive Assistant to MTA CEO James Selka Dorothy Straw has left the company, Elizabeth Holloway has taken over this role. Please join us in wishing Dorothy all the best in her new role and welcoming Elizabeth to the MTA team. You can contact Elizabeth via email on eholloway@mta.org.uk.   

Finally, we hope to see as many members as possible at our AGM and House of Commons Reception which takes places next Tuesday (6th December). There are still places available so if you would like to attend please follow this link to register http://www.mta.org.uk/whats-new/events/agm-house-commons-reception-2016.

We’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, until then have a great weekend. 

JIMTOF 2016

JIMTOF 2016

One of the real highlights of the machine tool exhibition calendar is Japans JIMTOF exhibition, which took place in Tokyo between 17th – 22nd November.

The exhibition is one of the largest in the world, during the six days of the show a total of 147,602 visitors came to JIMTOF, which is 8.4% increase in comparison with JIMTOF 2014. The show also does an excellent job at attracting visitors from all the world with a total of 11, 585 from abroad attending the show marking an increase 10% from the last edition of the show.

UK Pavilion Metalloobrabotka | May 2017

UK Pavilion Metalloobrabotka | May 2017

For Members looking to get into the Russian market, we are planning a UK Pavilion at Metalloobrabotka in Moscow in May next year. The UK has been given an excellent location within the exhibition halls alongside other European pavilions.

We have negotiated a rate with the organisers as follows:

Space only £300/m2

Full shell scheme £440/m2

Full Shell includes:

·         Carpet

·         Fascia board with company name

·         Storage 1x1m with door

·         Electrical Plug Socket

Make sure you’re ready for the new apprenticeship system

Make sure you’re ready for the new apprenticeship system

Whether you will be affected by the Apprenticeship Levy or not, all employers will need to book their training via the new Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS)from April 2017.

The DAS will go live in January 2017. Please read some important information with regards to actions that you can take now.

https://sfadigital.blog.gov.uk/2016/11/30/building-registration-for-the-digital-apprenticeship-service/

Join the MTA’s Education & Development Committee

Join the MTA’s Education & Development Committee

Is your company focussed on helping to close the current industry skills gap? Do you recruit apprentices or graduates? Would you like to help inspire the next generation of engineers? Do you have links with schools, colleges or universities?

The MTA is expanding its Education & Development Committee, and is looking to recruit new members from a range of MTA member companies.

The Committee meets four times a year, and also acts as the judging panel for the annual Technology, Design & Innovation (TDI) Challenge finals.

The CECIMO General Assembly - November 2016

The CECIMO General Assembly - November 2016
  • According to a CECIMO inquiry, data-driven business models are high on the agenda of European machine tool builders. Building a hybrid skills pipeline that merges ICT and production technologies is seen as an important priority too.
  • Greater certainty on the right to access different types of data generated by machines would be a necessity for machine tool builders to tap into new business opportunities;
  • The European machine tool production is growing slightly to a level above 24,2 billion euro in 2016;

Composite robot offers flexible, low cost alternative to purpose built machining solutions

Composite robot offers flexible, low cost alternative to purpose built machining solutions

Machining, Composite and Integrated Manufacturing specialists at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre have joined forces to build what is believed to be the world’s first reconfigurable carbon composite robotic machine tool.

The carbon composite robot project is part of the AMRC’s contribution to the Factory of the Aircraft Future project, backed by the Aerospace Technology Institute, which was established by the government and aerospace industry to sustain and grow an internationally competitive UK aerospace sector.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

PMI, UK, Euro-zone and Global, November 2016:  The UK PMI for manufacturing slowed a little in November with a reading of 53.4 (down from 54.2 in October), but it is worth remembering that this is still quite a strong positive number and well above the long-run average.  As we hinted last time, the main reason for the fall in the index is the negative impact of weaker Sterling exchange rates on input prices following the positive effect from rising export orders in the September and October readings.  November saw the rates of expansion for both output and new orders at goo