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Friday Brief

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief. Firstly we’ll be at EMO Hannover next week supporting the UK companies exhibiting there, if you would like to vist the MTA stand we will be in the International Associations Area located in Hall 16 E67, we hope to see you there.

We’re please to announce the launch of the Education and Development Zone at MACH 2018 supported by Sandvik Coromant. The Zone will bring together some the leading advanced engineering companies and educational institutions from across the UK, with the aim to shine a light on the vocational education and training that is imperative if we are to close the skills gap.

The 2017 MTA Forecast seminar will take place on Thursday 19th October and is being held at the premises of Fanuc UK Ltd, Ansty Park, Coventry. This popular MTA event and online registration is now open www.mta.org.uk/whats-new/events/forecasting-seminar.

If you are experiencing Industry 4.0 Fatigue, are fed up with attending events that "worship the problem" and want to just get on and boost your productivity and innovation, then join The Future of British Manufacturing Initiative might be for you. Find out more details within the Brief.

There was generally good ecconomic news, certainly once seasonal factors are taken into account, in the economic data that we have covered this week, with industrial production and especially capital goods output in Europe generally strong and good news also coming from the manufacturing technology and cutting tool markets in the USA.  The UK engineering industries have also seen a very strong growth in exports (and imports) over the past 12 months and we explore the data in this week’s article below.

MTA asscoate members Mathys & Squire have provided a feature for this week’s Brief on how far UK manufacturing SMEs are behind their German competitors in patent protection.

Leigh Worsdale from Chesterfield, named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre’s annual awards earlier this year, won the opportunity to visit the global aircraft giant Boeing in the USA this summer.  Find out about her trip in the story below.

The MachinE Tool Alliance for Skills (METALS) project will be featured by CECIMO, Nachwuchsstiftung Maschinenbau and the Institute Technology and Education of the University of Bremen during EMO Hannover 2017. This EU-funded initiative has developed a skills panorama offering an overview of the current skills’ needs in the machine tool industry until 2025. Full details of this venture can be seen below.

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.

Education & Development Zone Launches for MACH 2018

Sandvik Coromant Supports the E&D Zone for the Fourth Time

As well as being the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies showcase, MACH 2018 plays host to an Education & Development (E&D) Zone specifically designed for students aged 11-19. The E&D Zone will bring together some the leading advanced engineering companies and educational institutions from across the UK, with the aim to shine a light on the vocational education and training that is imperative to closing the skills gap around the world.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

European Industrial Production, July 2017:  Figures released by Eurostat this week show that total industrial production (seasonally adjusted) in the Euro-zone increased by +0.1% compared to June, but it fell by -0.3% for the EU28 as a whole;  it is rare for these trends to diverge in this way, although the movements are small and represent a correction to an unusual gap between the levels for the two areas that has been running for the past 9 months.  Compared to July 2016, total industrial production increased by +3.2% in the Euro-zone and by +3.1% in the EU28.

The Future of British Manufacturing Initiative- Free Assessment Tool for MTA Members

The Future of British Manufacturing Initiative- Free Assessment Tool for MTA Members

If you are experiencing Industry 4.0 Fatigue, are fed up with attending events that "worship the problem" and want to just get on and boost your productivity and innovation, then join The Future of British Manufacturing Initiative. Members will have access to;

1. A Digital strategy template - since over 70 % of companies do not have one

2. Help to assess their business readiness for the 4th Industrial revolution

3. A confidential review of their entire design to manufacture processes

UK Manufacturing SMEs Are Far Behind German Competitors in Patent Protection

UK Manufacturing SMEs Are Far Behind German Competitors in Patent Protection

UK Manufacturing SMEs Are Far Behind German Competitors in Patent Protection

German manufacturing is booming, and German SMEs are filing many more patent applications than their UK counterparts. A new study by the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) highlights the worrying fact that, not only are the Germans ahead in Europe wide patent protection, foreign companies also own 93% of patents which cover the UK.

Apprentice of the Year returns from USA trip of a lifetime

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Apprentice of the Year returns from USA trip of a lifetime

A female engineer from Chesterfield, named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre’s annual awards earlier this year, won the opportunity to visit the global aircraft giant Boeing in the USA this summer. 

Leigh Worsdale, 18, an apprentice at auto-machine manufacturer Foxwood Diesel, has enjoyed a tour of Boeing’s sites in Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle - learning more about the world-renowned aerospace manufacturer.

METALS project on additive manufacturing skills to be present at EMO Hannover 2017

METALS project on additive manufacturing skills to be present at EMO Hannover 2017

The MachinE Tool Alliance for Skills (METALS) project will be featured by CECIMO, Nachwuchsstiftung Maschinenbau and the Institute Technology and Education of the University of Bremen during EMO Hannover 2017. This EU-funded initiative has developed a skills panorama offering an overview of the current skills’ needs in the machine tool industry until 2025. METALS also created a curriculum for an introductory course on additive manufacturing (AM), and is currently developing e-learning materials in accordance to that.