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Friday Brief

It’s been a busy week at the MTA and we’ve a number of exciting events to tell you about. The MTA have partnered up with the North East Automotive Alliance to bring you a one day seminar focusing on the supply chain and automation within the UK automotive sector. The event will take place at Nissan Sport and Leisure in Sunderland. The event is free to attend for Members (£95+VAT for non-members). Read more about the agenda for the day within the Brief.

MTA’s Head of External Affairs Paul O’Donnell takes a look at Philip Hammonds Budget, which was announced this past Wednesday, find out what it means for the manufacturing sector below.

Lloyds Bank are hosting a breakfast meeting at the Advanced Propulsion Centre in Warwick on 6th April. The morning will help demonstrate how low carbon propulsion and electric propulsion will create new supply chain opportunities for businesses in the coming years.

Check you are ready: three questions on winning business overseas. We are joining with UK Export Finance to ask members that compete for international contracts to consider three simple ‘yes/no’ questions. Please see the below story and take part.

We also have news of the Industry 4.0 Summit in Manchester on 4-5th April 2017, which also features the Factories of the Future Expo. – www.industry40summit.com. The event is all about the digitalisation of manufacturing & the supply chain.

Last Friday the EEF published a new report - Lifting the Lid on the Levy: Making the Apprenticeship Levy work for industry which looks at the policy and external affairs aspects to the levy as well as providing practical guidance for employers. The report along with a briefing document can be found in the below story.

There was generally positive news from the manufacturing output data for January that was published this morning, although the headlines did depend on whether you focused on monthly data (negative) or the 3-month moving averages (positive), with the very volatile pharmaceutical industry driving different trends for manufacturing overall despite only being about 8% of total manufacturing.  Among the areas of most interest to MTA members, the Automotive industry continues, for now at least, to grow, setting a new record level of output in January;  Aerospace may be showing signs of levelling off, but at a very high level, but there is, at last, growth in the Machinery (which is at its highest level since the end of 2014) and Metal Products industries, although the latter is mainly due to an exceptional December that may yet prove to be a flash in the pan.  It is also worth noting that the data for the 4th quarter of 2016 was revised, mostly upwards, painting an overall picture of a relatively strong manufacturing sector in the UK.  This week, we also take a look at the latest figures for GDP in Europe and at US data for machine tool exports/imports in 2016.

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

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

We will be closing the February edition of the MTA Business Survey early next week and we would encourage any members who have not yet responded to do so.  The on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-jan17 (you won’t need to login to access this form) is still open.  We value the input of MTA members to what is a very useful and timely indicator of the trends for the manufacturing technology sector in the UK.

Lifting the Lid on the Levy: Making the Apprenticeship Levy Work for Industry

Lifting the Lid on the Levy: Making the Apprenticeship Levy Work for Industry

Last Friday EEF published a new report - Lifting the Lid on the Levy: Making the Apprenticeship Levy work for industry which looks at the policy and external affairs aspects to the levy as well as providing practical guidance for employers.

Policy and representation:

The report is based on a survey of EEF's manufacturing members and has some interesting findings on the current, and potential, impact of the Apprenticeship Levy, which include:

Industry 4.0 Summit in Manchester

Industry 4.0 Summit in Manchester

Industry 4.0 Summit in Manchester, UK on 4-5th April 2017, which also features the Factories of the Future Expo. – www.industry40summit.com . The event is all about the digitalisation of manufacturing & the supply chain.

The conference will look at areas of government policy, business models, IIOT, cybersecurity, technology developments and case studies from manufacturers who are implementing industry 4.0. Confirmed speakers to date include -

Supply Chain opportunities in Propulsion

Supply Chain opportunities in Propulsion

Lloyds Bank are hosting a breakfast meeting at the Advanced Propulsion Centre in Warwick on 6th April.

The morning will help demonstrate how low carbon propulsion and electric propulsion will create new supply chain opportunities for businesses in the coming years.

Delegates will also be able to look at the new WMG Battery centre to see how this technology will shape the supply chain in what is to be a huge market in years to come.

Provisional itinerary for the visit on the 6th of April:

8.00 – 8.30 am: Attendees arrive.

The Budget

The Budget

At less than half the length of some recent budgets, that published on Wednesday by the Chancellor Philip Hammond clearly aimed to be pretty low key. That is in line with both his reputation as ‘Spreadsheet Phil’ and his declared intention that this should be the last such budget in the Spring.

Automation in the Automotive Sector – 6th April - Nissan Sports & Leisure, Sunderland

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Automation in the Automotive Sector – 6th April - Nissan Sports & Leisure, Sunderland

The MTA have partnered up with the North East Automotive Alliance to bring you this one day seminar focusing on the supply chain and automation within the UK automotive sector.

The event will take place at Nissan Sport and Leisure in Sunderland.

The event is free to attend for MTA and NEAA Members. £95+VAT for non-members.

Draft Agenda

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Manufacturing Output, January 2017:  The overall headlines from the data on manufacturing output released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) depended crucially on whether you looked at the month-on-month trend or the 3-month moving average.  Compared to December 2016, total manufacturing output fell by -0.9%, but the 3-month moving average showed growth of +2.1% - the latter is the strongest growth rate since May 2010 when the economy was emerging from the depths of the recession.  In both cases, the ONS reports that it is very volatile data from the pharm