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Friday Brief

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 sjones@mta.org.uk.

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.

Metrology Hub Launch – 13th September 2017 – Huddersfield

Metrology Hub Launch – 13th September 2017 – Huddersfield

The formal launch of the EPSRC Future Metrology Hub takes place on Wednesday 13th September.

The day will be an opportunity to hear from and network with a variety of industry and academic partners, learn more about the Hubs research plans, and find out about how the Hub will be engaging with and supporting the UK industrial and academic communities over the next seven years.

The Route to Trading with the USA

The Route to Trading with the USA

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.

Why attend?

The USA has the largest and most technologically powerful economy in the world and is Britain's largest single export market.  This event will provide you with all information needed to export products and services to the USA.

The programme will cover the following topics:

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Manufacturing Output, May 2017:  There were some mixed messages in the latest manufacturing output data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  Total manufacturing output in the latest 3 months (March, April and May 2017) was -1.1% down on the figure for the previous 3 months (December 2016 and January and February 2017), but was +0.9% higher than the same period a year earlier (March, April and May 2016).  Although the ONS point to “widespread weakness across the manufacturing sub-sectors”, they also note that most of the downturn in manufacturing was due to the

12th Annual Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing International Conference

12th Annual Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing International Conference

Wednesday and Thursday of this week saw the 12th Annual Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing International Conference hosted by the University of Nottingham. The event has grown from small beginnings to become one of the global ‘must attend’ events for these emerging technologies with hundreds of delegates from across the world. The MTA was represented at the conference and at the additional sessions the day before, which focussed on developments in the UK under the heading of ‘Industrial Realities’.

MACH 2018 UK MANUFACTURING ZONE

MACH 2018 UK MANUFACTURING ZONE

MACH is the largest industrial showcase in the UK and is the place to learn about and source the technology that is changing the world we live in. Taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 9th – 13th April 2018, the exhibition is already over 75% full and spaces on the floor plans are filling up quickly.