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Friday Brief

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

First up this week, we’re delighted to announce we’re hosting an event in partnership with Warwick Manufacturing Group, Siemens, and Bridge PR & Media Services on Navigating the Changing Manufacturing Landscape on the 22nd June.  The half day seminar, held at WMG’s Digital Lab is free to attend and you can find out how you can attend in the story below.

Further to last week’s item, we have now updated the pdf file with the presentation given by Andy Goodwin from Oxford Economics to include the notes taken during his presentation.  MTA Members can download this, along with Geoff Noon’s presentation, from our web-site at https://www.mta.org.uk/members-area/mta-forecast-documents or let us know (email:  gnoon@mta.org.uk) and we will send you a copy – this is also the contact if you would like these files in PowerPoint format.

The MTA Business survey for April has launched and we’d like to encourage all of you to take part. The survey provides a valuable indicator of the health (or otherwise) of the manufacturing technology sector and you can access the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-apr17 - we look forward to hearing from you.

The MTA has been asked to engage with the Review of Industrial Digitalisation, in particular in helping it understand the barriers that prevent investment in and the adoption of digital technology, not least by SMEs. Therefore please follow this link and complete the survey and get your voice heard http://industrialdigitalisation.org.uk/your-voice/.

The 8th June will see EAMA, the mechanical engineering Umbrella Group of which MTA is a member, co-host the 2017 General Assembly of the European mechanical engineering association ORGALIME at the Beaumont Hotel in Windsor. There are places available for MTA members to attend this high-level seminar and dinner.

EMO exhibition has launched a new opportunity for the exhibitors. Different from the usual description of an exhibitor with contact data and product category, they now offer the possibility to present the individual products. The information will be uploaded from IndustryArena of the EMO website. Find out more below.

The Design and Prototyping Group of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing has developed a unique hybrid 3D printing process that allows electrical, optical and structural elements to be introduced throughout an additively manufactured component during the build process. You can find out how below.

From 5th – 9th June the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services is offering this summer school to train PhD students, researchers and early career practitioners in the key challenges and technologies for Through-life Engineering Services (TES). Find out more details within the Brief.

The 8th June will see EAMA, the mechanical engineering Umbrella Group of which MTA is a member, co-host the 2017 General Assembly of the European mechanical engineering association ORGALIME at the Beaumont Hotel in Windsor. There are places available for MTA members to attend this high-level seminar and dinner.

The manufacturing PMI data published this week was generally strong, with the UK reading at 3-year high and a 6-year high for the Euro-zone;  among the countries that we monitor, only Greece and South Korea were below the 50 level that divides expansion and contraction.  An initial estimate of GDP by Eurostat showed a slight easing in growth, but the latest sentiment indicator from the European Commission showed industrial confidence increasing, capacity utilisation generally rising and a upgrading of investment expectations for Europe as a whole, although in the latter indicator the direction of the trends vary between countries.

That’s 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.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

The MTA Business Survey for April was launched earlier this week;  there has already been a reasonable response, but we are keen, as always, to maximise this and hope that we can encourage you to respond.  The survey provides a valuable indicator of the health (or otherwise) of the manufacturing technology sector and you can access the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-apr17 - we look forward to hearing from you.

Opportunity EMO exhibition

Opportunity EMO exhibition

EMO exhibition has launched a new opportunity for the exhibitors. Different from the usual description of an exhibitor with contact data and product category, they now offer the possibility to present the individual products. The information will be uploaded from IndustryArena of the EMO website.

Therefore this offer also includes the presentation of products within a newsroom of IndustryArena for a period of 5 months.

The AMRC invents game-changing hybrid 3D printing process

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The AMRC invents game-changing hybrid 3D printing process

The Design and Prototyping Group of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing has developed a unique hybrid 3D printing process that allows electrical, optical and structural elements to be introduced throughout an additively manufactured component during the build process.

‘THREAD’ is a patent-pending process, which means components can now be manufactured with in-built, continuous connectivity and additional functionality passing through the X, Y and Z axes.

Review of Industrial Digitalisation

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Review of Industrial Digitalisation

The MTA has been asked to engage with the Review of Industrial Digitalisation, in particular in helping it understand the barriers that prevent investment in and the adoption of digital technology, not least by SMEs. To this end I would like to ask you to take 10 minutes to complete the short survey linked below. We are keen to be make this part of the Review a success and to continue to demonstrate the relevance of the MTA to this issue.

http://industrialdigitalisation.org.uk/your-voice/

5th International Summer School Through-life Engineering Services Cranfield University

Cranfield University
5th International Summer School Through-life Engineering Services Cranfield University

The Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services is offering this summer school to train PhD students, researchers and early career practitioners in the key challenges and technologies for Through-life Engineering Services (TES). This annual summer school will also help to develop an international research community in the TES area.

The summer school will cover the following major themes:

1. Maintenance challenges for availability contracts

2. Component and System Degradation analysis

3. Fundamentals of Damage Assessments

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, April 2017:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK picked up strongly to a 3-year high level of 57.3 as both output and new orders expanded at faster rates.  Markit, who compile the surveys, note that this was under-pinned by robust confidence, although confidence is not directly part of the index (in this context it is worth noting that the data was gathered before the announcement of the General election).  Manufacturing production expanded at the fastest rate in 3 months with, encouragingly, the strongest sub-sector being for investment go

ORGALIME General Assembly in the UK

ORGALIME General Assembly in the UK

The 8th June will see EAMA, the mechanical engineering Umbrella Group of which MTA is a member, co-host the 2017 General Assembly of the European mechanical engineering association ORGALIME at the Beaumont Hotel in Windsor. There are places available for MTA members to attend this high-level seminar and dinner.

In the year in which we start out on uncharted waters to forge a new relationship with the EU, it is highly appropriate that the UK plays host to the annual General Assembly of Europe’s largest and most influential engineering trade association.