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Friday Brief

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

We’re excited to announce that submissions for the 2017 edition of the Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge, the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) flagship schools competition for young engineers, are now open. It’s a great opportunity for students of Design and Technology to show off just how good they’re ideas can be and an opportunity to turn them on to manufacturing. See below for more details.

Engineering sector losing millions by failing to protect IP like the creative industries do, MTA survey shows. Engineering and manufacturing companies are being urged exploit the untapped value in their intellectual property to avoid losing money on lost designs, systems and patents, and create new revenues. Find out more about the MTA’s research below and download the executive summary for more information. 

We would like to thank those members who contributed to our survey which picked up some of the questions raised in the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper.  Please see below for the highlights of the results which will feed into other work we are doing to prepare our response to the Green Paper.

Just a reminder the MTA has partnered with the EEF, to deliver a webinar on Tuesday 4th April to help raise awareness on the changes the Government is making to the way it funds apprenticeships. The changes coming in are massive and this is a really good opportunity to make sure you’re your company is prepared. Register for this event for free here https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/393140659405123329.

Staying with events, our Spring Economic Update of the MTA Forecast for the UK Machine Tool and Cutting Tool markets will be available in the next couple of weeks and we will hold an Economic Update session on Thursday 27th April;  this will at the AMTC in Coventry, see below for more details.

The MTA has been working with Rough House Media to put together a training course on media handling and crisis communications. This intensive, day long, training course will give you the tools, techniques, practice and confidence to handle all types of interview with the media.  It is aimed at senior spokespeople and experts who may be expected to give both print and broadcast interviews.

Medical AMRC tested the boundaries of new 3D printer to create a demonstration model for Sheffield surgeon. Engineers from the University of Sheffield Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (ARMC) have used a new 3D printer to create a model of a human labyrinth, or the inner ear which deals with hearing and balance.

Also, at the AMRC a £1 million-plus project to develop “smart” composite leading edges for aircraft wings with embedded heaters to protect the wings against ice build-up, while reducing weight and boosting efficiency compared to existing systems, has concluded successfully after crucial wind tunnel tests.

Ecology and economy when sawing and storing material will be the themes of an open house to be held by Kasto at its UK headquarters and showroom from 16th to 18th May 2017. People interested in attending should telephone Ernst Wagner on 07747 802991 or email sales@uk.kasto.com.

There are no major headlines in this week’s economic data, so we have taken the opportunity to look at some data series that don’t normally feature in the Friday Brief;  these include figures from the ONS on exports/imports by industry group, some interesting data on the location of industries and sectors across the UK and figures on R&D spending.  The Economic Sentiment Indicator published by the European Commission remained flat at a good, but not spectacular, level in March and we can also announce the release of the latest edition of CECIMO Statistical Toolbox.

That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday for more industry news.  

MTA Annual Dinner 2017 - Presidents Speech

Last year, in January 2016, when we gathered for our annual dinner in Birmingham who would have thought, or even imagined, that our world was about to be turned upside down and look so different. We now face a range of risks from the global rise of protectionism.

We are faced with an emboldened Russia, an assertive China, an introverted America and an uncertain Europe. And here we are in the UK with an unexpected outcome. A new Prime Minister with a completely different focus who has a new team with different objectives – which gives us eye opening opportunities.

“Smart” wings offer a composite, economic, eco-friendly solution to the threat posed by icing in flight

“Smart” wings offer a composite, economic, eco-friendly solution to the threat posed by icing in flight

A £1 million-plus project to develop “smart” composite leading edges for aircraft wings with embedded heaters to protect the wings against ice build-up, while reducing weight and boosting efficiency compared to existing systems has concluded successfully after crucial wind tunnel tests.

The European Union-funded ELWIPS programme brought together researchers from the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing and aerospace companies Meggitt PLC and AeroTex UK.

MTA SURVEY OF SERVICE ENGINEERS CHARGES

MTA SURVEY OF SERVICE ENGINEERS CHARGES

We have recently launched the 2017 edition of our biennial survey of charges made for visits by service engineers;  the form was sent by e-mail to main contacts in member companies and/or to specific contacts from the last survey two years ago.  If this is of interest and you have not seen the questionnaire, please contact Geoff Noon at MTA (e-mail:  gnoon@mta.org.uk) for a copy.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Exports/Imports by Industry, 2016:  The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released its analysis of UK trade by industry for the 4th quarter of 2016;  exports of all manufactured products grew by +5.1% compared to 2015, while Engineering products, which accounted for 52% of all manufactured exports in 2016, grew by +10.6%.  On the same basis, imports of all manufactured goods grew by +8.3%, with growth of +11.8% for Engineering products - these accounted for 49% of total manufactured imports.

Engineering sector losing millions by failing to protect IP like creative industries, MTA survey shows

Engineering sector losing millions by failing to protect IP like creative industries, MTA survey shows

Engineering and manufacturing companies are being urged exploit the untapped value in their intellectual property to avoid losing money on lost designs, systems and patents, and create new revenues, says the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA).

Each year millions of pounds in IPR – intellectual property rights – are being neglected by the UK’s engineering sector, because companies do not understand these rights and the IP wrapped up in their designs and processes, the leading manufacturing technology business group says.

The Spring Economic Update of the MTA Forecast for the UK Machine Tool and Cutting Tool market

The Spring Economic Update of the MTA Forecast for the UK Machine Tool and Cutting Tool market

The Spring Economic Update of the MTA Forecast for the UK Machine Tool and Cutting Tool market will be available in the next couple of weeks and we will hold an Economic Update session on Thursday 27th April;  this will focus mainly on the UK data, although we won’t ignore the rest of the world!

Medical AMRC test the boundaries of new 3D printer to create demonstration model for Sheffield surgeon

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Medical AMRC test the boundaries of new 3D printer to create demonstration model for Sheffield surgeon

Engineers from the University of Sheffield Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (ARMC) have used a new 3D printer to create a model of a human labyrinth, or the inner ear which deals with hearing and balance.

Glen Watson, an ENT Surgeon at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital needed a more accurate model to help him demonstrate benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) to patients and educate them about possible treatments.

KASTO TO HOLD MAY OPEN HOUSE

KASTO TO HOLD MAY OPEN HOUSE

Ecology and economy when sawing and storing material will be the themes of an open house to be held by Kasto at its UK headquarters and showroom from 16th to 18th May 2017. The address is Unit 5, Garamonde Drive, Wymbush, Milton Keynes, MK8 8DF. People interested in attending should telephone Ernst Wagner on 07747 802991 or email sales@uk.kasto.com

Media and Crisis Communications Training

Media and Crisis Communications Training

The MTA has been working with Rough House Media to put together a training course on media handling and crisis communications.

This intensive training course will give you the tools, techniques, practice and confidence to handle all types of interview with the press.  It is aimed at senior spokespeople and experts who may be expected to give both print and broadcast interviews. Tailored to the needs of MTA members, it will show you how to take control, deliver your key messages and present your business in the best possible light.