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Friday Brief

Good morning and welcome to the Friday brief for the 16th June. Last week saw the MTA represented in Brussels for the third annual Additive Manufacturing European Conference in the European Parliament. You can read about this fast growing part of our industry below.

It’s the time of year that thoughts turn to TDI Challenge and this week saw the announcement of the finalist for 2017. There are some fantastic projects which will be showcased at the Finals Day at Yamazaki Mazak on 5th July, which highlight some of the great work that is happening in D&T in schools – even more of a reason to champion the subject as we aim to do

This week’s brief includes two opportunities to find out more about trade with major export markets, namely the USA and India. The American event looks at understanding some of the difficulties and opportunities of building trade there. The India event is a manufacturing summit in the UK Parliament which MTA members are eligible to attend. Full details of both below.

Next week is sees International Women in Engineering Day. There are events to get involved in around the country aimed at promoting the role of women in engineering. Find out more in the story.

Acquiring data to use in your marketing is a challenge for many businesses. We have an opportunity to find out how to utilise free sources through a webinar run by marketing agency Arkevista, check it out below.

The AMRC has announced the successful completion of a major, ATI backed, project in the field of high accuracy robotic machining creating one of the world’s largest robotic machining facilities for Electroimpact, an aerospace company in Deeside.

As has been common recently, the headline data on manufacturing output in the UK was rather disappointing, with a fall of -0.7% in the latest 3 months, but this is mainly in the Pharmaceutical industry and the more detailed industry figures are much brighter with growth continuing in the Machinery, Aerospace and Automotive industries. 

The picture in Europe is rather different, although because this data looks only at monthly trends, it can be more volatile; here we saw output of the capital goods industries fall in April (compared to March), although it was higher than a year ago.  We also have the latest data on machine tools and cutting tools from the USA where the market in the first 4 months of the year is running ahead of the levels we saw a year ago – in the case of machine tools, this is the first time this has happened for a while.

That’s all for this week, enjoy the sunshine.

Economic News

Economic News

 

UK Manufacturing Output, April 2017: The headlines in the data published this week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that manufacturing output in the latest 3 months (February, March and April 2017) was -0.7% lower than in the previous 3 months (November and December 2016 and January 2017), although a large chunk of this was a significant reduction in output of Pharmaceuticals (which is often a volatile industry).  Compared to the same period a year ago (February, March and April 2016), manufacturing output increased by +1.7%.

AM Industry asks the EU to support RESEARCH and Education

AM Industry asks the EU to support RESEARCH and Education

Brussels, 8 June 2017 - For the third consecutive year, CECIMO organized the “Additive Manufacturing European Conference” (AMEC) on 7 June 2017 in the European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium). The event was a great success, gathering more than a hundred participants among industry leaders and policy-makers. Speakers at AMEC used this occasion to bring attention on the need of a deeper EU approach.

AMRC project targets a step change in the capabilities of robots used in aerospace

AMRC project targets a step change in the capabilities of robots used in aerospace

Work has completed on a £850,000 project to give the UK aerospace sector a unique capability for high accuracy robotic machining.

The Flexible Robotic Machining in High Accuracy Applications project was launched by the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, with backing from the Aerospace Technology Initiative (ATI) to develop an Accurate Robotic Milling System.

US-UK trade

US-UK trade

British American Business in coordination with other relevant UK business groups in the manufacturing, financial services, technology, creative industries/telecoms and life sciences sectors (including the MTA) are facilitating a workshop for the Department for International Trade to bring together UK and US companies in the transatlantic trade and investment market to discuss market access issues effecting their business and sector.