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Friday Brief

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

The Year of Engineering is a Government campaign, which launched this week to celebrate the world and wonder of UK engineering in 2018. The MTA and its members have thrown their support behind the campaign and sent a letter to the Prime Minister signed by our members, MACH 2018 exhibitors and MTA associates.

We like to say a big thank you to all these companies for recognising how vital it is that we attract new talent in to the engineering sector and by coming together we can amplify support for this excellent project. We’ll be doing more to support this campaign throughout the year so stay tuned.

Sticking with Government engagement the MTA will be writing a formal response to two of the Government’s current consultations, Implementation of T level programmes consultation and Institute for Apprenticeships: Occupational Maps consultation. This is an opportunity to help influence the future of technical education to ensure it suits the needs of our industry, and therefore your opinion is important to us. Please click here to find out more information on the T level.

Recent productivity data published by the ONS showed a strong improvement, both for the whole economy and for manufacturing - indeed it grew at the fastest rate for 6 years, although there is still some way to go before we can say that the “productivity puzzle” has been resolved.  Data from Eurostat showed mixed messages with an increase in profitability in the Euro-zone at its highest since 2008, but recording a fall in the investment rate.  The positive trends coming out of the US market continued towards the end of 2017 with manufacturing technology orders up by more than 9% and cutting tool demand above +8%.

The annual ECTA Conference is being held in Italy this year in the spectacular location of Stresa on Lake Maggiore. The hosts have put together an interesting agenda, including presentations on “a new manufacturing perspective for the European economy”, “from Industry 4.0 to Enterprise 4.0” and “electrification of the powertrain”, as well as a keynote lecture by a former leader of the Italian Air Force Display Team on “The beauty of an effective high-performance team”. More details of the programme and how to register are on their web-site at www.ecta-tools.org or you can contact MTA (e-mail Geoff Noon on gnoon@mta.org.uk)

University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre apprentice, Oliver Marsh, has scooped a major industry apprenticeship award for his role in helping the UK’s largest manufacturer of wheelie bins reduce the cost of its production processes by more than £135,000 a year. Find out more in the story below.

MTA members TBAT Innovation kick off their first in a series of R&D Tax Credits events which will be touring the UK in the coming months, find out more in the story below.

Government has recently updated the consolidated list of strategic military and dual-use items that require export authorisation, see the full list in the story below.

That is 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.

Manufacturing Technologies Association and its members pledge their support to the Year of Engineering

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The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) have thrown their support behind The Year of Engineering.

The Year of Engineering is a Government campaign, which launched this week to celebrate the world and wonder of UK engineering in 2018.

The MTA represents the companies who make and supply the technology that manufacturers deploy to create and make the world around us. 

ECTA CONFERENCE, 3rd to 5th MAY

ECTA CONFERENCE, 3rd to 5th MAY

ECTA - the European Cutting Tools Association - is a grouping that covers national associations who represent manufacturers of cutting tools; MTA is a member of ECTA, along with 5 other national associations (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland).  The annual ECTA Conference is being held in Italy this year in the spectacular location of Stresa on Lake Maggiore.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Labour Productivity, 3rd Quarter 2017:  Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed an increase in whole economy productivity, measured by output per hour, of +0.9%, the fastest rate of growth since Q2-2011.  The breakdown shows that labour productivity grew by +1.0% for both the manufacturing and services sector which implies a fall in other parts of the economy such as construction (this is to be expected given the fall in output in this sector) and agriculture for which the data is not published separately.

Apprentice produces the right notes

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Apprentice produces the right notes

University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre apprentice, Oliver Marsh, has scooped a major industry apprenticeship award for his role in helping the UK’s largest manufacturer of wheelie bins reduce the cost of its production processes by more than £135,000 a year. 

 The 21-year old aspiring rock musician, an apprentice with the OnePlastics Group, was the clear winner in the plastic industry’s equivalent of the Oscars – Polymer Apprentice of the Year Award, the official ceremony for which will be held in London next month. 

Money can’t buy R&D Tax Credits advice served up at the first TBAT Breakfast Roadshow

Money can’t buy R&D Tax Credits advice served up at the first TBAT Breakfast Roadshow

Wednesday 7th Feb 2018, Nottingham Belfry Hotel, Mellors Way, Nottingham NG8 6PY.

Doors will open at 8.30am for networking.  Registration and breakfast at 9.00am.  The Roadshow commences at 9.30am. 10.30am onwards for consultations with exclusive discounts.