Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
This week saw Nottingham University host the 12th Annual Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing International Conference. This is now a major international event with presentations from cutting edge researchers and major industrial implementers of AM. It’s an area in which many MTA members are increasingly active and one which is rising up the Association’s agenda. You can read more in the story below.
MACH 2018 will be the biggest event in UK manufacturing next year. A huge part of this will be the UK Manufacturing Zone, where you’ll find the leading SMEs who are fueling the sectors growth.
It is important that companies invest in new capital equipment to improve productivity in the UK and ensure that the country remains competitive in the highly globalised world of Advanced Manufacturing. MACH is the place to which people come to find out about new technology and find new suppliers. There more in the story below about the UK Manufacturing Zone and for more information on exhibiting at MACH 2018 contact the MTA’s Head of Sales, Samantha Jones, at email@example.com.
The formal launch of the EPSRC Future Metrology Hub takes place on Wednesday 13th September. To hear more about this major new research initiative and Huddersfield University’s plans to develop and apply ground-breaking new measurement technologies for the next generation of manufacturing systems, read on.
The Department for International Trade (DIT) London Region and ERDF's Global Growth Project in collaboration with the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames are inviting London SME's to a full day event about trading with the USA. Find out how you can attend in the story below.
The 2017 edition of our Basic Facts Booklet has just been published. We will be sending copies to all members in the next few days, but if you would like more copies, please let us know and we will get them off to you. You can also download a “soft copy” from the MTA web-site at https://www.mta.org.uk/sites/default/files/page/downloads/Basic%20Facts%202017.pdf.
Although the UK manufacturing output data was a little disappointing, there are reasons not to be too concerned as a large part of the headline decline is down to the Pharmaceutical industry; aerospace output continues to set records and although the automotive industry has slipped back a bit, the SMMT notes that there are some model changes affecting car production in May (and over the next few months). Industrial output in Europe was also strong in May, with capital goods among the leading sub-sectors for growth. The US market is also improving with year to date business up for both machine tools and cutting tools. Finally, returning to the UK, the latest data on manufacturing profitability was showed this to be close to a 20-year high, which makes the weak investment data that we reported on last week even more puzzling.
That’s all for this week we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, until then have a great weekend from every one at the MTA.