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.