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Friday Brief

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

Firstly, the MTA’s Technical Manager, Joshua Dugdale, recently entered and made it to the final of an engineering design competition, run by the Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE) in conjunction with Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB-UK). The aim/purpose of the competition was to design a simple small adapter, from cheap and widely available materials, which would allow a water filter to be attached to a variety of homemade water filtration systems. More about this competition and about how Josh got on can be found below.

On Monday, the MTA was well represented at the CBI Annual Conference in London. This year, the conference centred around the theme ‘A world of opportunities’ and featured a number of prominent speakers, from both policy and business backgrounds.

The European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF) and CECIMO are joining efforts to accelerate the adoption and utilisation of cutting-edge additive manufacturing technologies. CECIMO are also running an EU project on barriers for the implementation of industrial AM, entitled AM-Motion. They would like MTA member to fill out a survey here. Your contribution will be very helpful in shaping this educational model.

This week, the EURIS Taskforce outlined the Six Principles of Success, which are essential to the growth and expansion of the product suppliers industry and the competitiveness of UK manufacturers after Brexit. Please see the story below for more details.

The MTA Business Survey for October closes next week, so please take a few minutes to complete this survey. You can access the online form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-oct17.

In economic news this week, we are summarising the Bank of England Inflation Report that was published in conjunction with the Monetary Policy Committee meeting last week; it picks up many of the themes from our recent Economic Report and forecast presentations. We also looked at a paper from the ONS on international comparisons of capital spending that don’t paint the UK in a very good light (to say the least!) and we are also announcing the availability of CELIMO’s State of Trade Report for October.

That’s all for this week! We’ll be back next Friday with more industry news. Have a great weekend, from everyone at the MTA.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

The MTA Business Survey for October will be closing early next week, but there is still time to get your returns back to us if you have not done so already.  The on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-oct17 is still open - we would encourage all MTA members to participate in this survey which provides a quick over view of the market conditions for the manufacturing technology sector.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee Inflation Report, November 2017: At its recent meeting, the Monetary Policy Committee voted 7-2 to increase the Bank Rate to 0.5%, reversing the reduction to 0.25% made in August 2016 in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit referendum.  However, the Committee voted unanimously to continue with the programme of corporate bond purchases up to £10 billion and to maintain the stock of UK government bond purchases, financed by the issuance of central bank reserves (often called quantitative easing) at £435 billion.

MACH 2018 Exhibitors Day

MACH 2018 Exhibitors Day

Last Friday (3rd November), the MTA team hosted a MACH 2018 exhibitor’s day at the NEC, which was attended by over 200 confirmed exhibitors.

The day was designed to give exhibitors the tools they need to make the most of their exhibition space at the April 2018 show.

MTA Technical Manager comes Second in SoPHE Young Engineers Award 2017

Josh Dugdale
MTA Technical Manager comes Second in SoPHE Young Engineers Award 2017

Arsenic and fluoride levels in the groundwater of Gunanjuato State, Mexico, have been rising due to the overexploitation of aquifers. Bone char, a naturally occurring porous material, can remove the arsenic and fluoride, making the water safe to drink. Using locally sourced bone char and biochar filtration media, a filter has been designed, tested and utilised successfully. Currently, the filter is attached to large water filtration system, made up of a 20L water bottle and 10L Carboy. The entire filtration system currently costs just over $16.

The European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF) and CECIMO join efforts to accelerate the adoption and utilisation of leading-edge additive manufacturing technologies

The European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF) and CECIMO join efforts to accelerate the adoption and utilisation of leading-edge additive manufacturing technologies

This partnership will focus on the development of areas of mutual interest and close collaboration on all relevant EU projects.