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Friday Brief

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

The MTA is looking to establish a closer working relationship with the British Standards Institute (BSI). As part of that, we are looking to offer all MTA members access to a number of standards for free. Please see the below story for more details for details of this great offer.

The EURIS Taskforce, of which the MTA is a member, has this week issued a call for clarity from the Government over the proposed two-year transition period and what it might actually mean for UK industry.  EURIS has written to the Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the European Union to highlight members concerns and ask for answers on a number of specific points.

GF MS New Technologies Laser Morning will be held at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry on Wednesday 7th March between 09:00 – 13:30. Amongst other things the event will cover Laser Texturing: Introduction to GF surface texturing capabilities, for both decorative andfunctional applications.

The second Industrial Cadets Awards will take place on 7th March 2018 at The IET's Savoy Place, in the prestigious Kelvin Lecture Theatre. MTA member Yamazaki Mazak has been nominated. Find out what awards they are up for in the story below.

There was good news in the UK GDP figures that were released this morning with the growth rate for the UK economy slightly ahead of expectations; however, this was tempered slightly by the fact that the overall growth rate for 2017 only came out at +1.8%, its slowest rate since 2012.  Although we don’t have the detailed figures yet, manufacturing continued to grow strongly with its 2nd successive increase of +1.3% for the quarter and an annual increase of +2.7% (the best since 2014).  The other economic news this week was the CBI Industrial Trends Survey which was equally positive about the manufacturing sector with strong growth in both orders and output and an improvement in investment intentions – the only small caveat is that the latter trend could have been better given the strength of activity and indications of capacity issues holding back the sector.

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.

EURIS calls for clarity from Government on Transition Period

EURIS calls for clarity from Government on Transition Period

The EURIS Taskforce has this week issued a call for clarity from the Government over the proposed two-year transition period and what it actually means for UK industry.  EURIS has written to the Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the European Union to highlight members concerns and ask for answers on a number of specific points.

Free Standards Access for MTA Members

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Free Standards Access for MTA Members

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) are looking to establish a closer working relationship with the British Standards Institute (BSI). As part of that, we are looking to offer all MTA members access to a number of standards for free. A potential list of standards has been drawn up by the MTA’s Technical Committee, this potential list is shown below. Before we take any further steps in obtaining access to those standards, we are just looking for any feedback from MTA members with regards to whether this is the right list of standards (i.e.

GF MS New Technologies Laser Morning (Manufacturing Technology Centre)

GF MS New Technologies Laser Morning (Manufacturing Technology Centre)

Wednesday 7th March 2018 - 09:00 – 13:30

Agenda

09:00 – 09:30 – Registration + Coffee

09:30 – 09:45 – Welcome / Introduction to GF (Martin Spencer)

09:45 – 11.00 – GF MS New technology (Benjamin Paganelli)

- Laser Texturing: Introduction to GF surface texturing capabilities, for both decorative and

functional applications.

- Microlution: High precision micro-machining with ultra-short pulsed laser.

- AM for Tooling: Opportunities for improving performance of mold tools by using conformal

cooling.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK GDP, 4th Quarter 2017:  The preliminary estimate published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this morning put growth in the UK economy at +0.5%;  this is slightly faster than many commentators had been expecting.  This means that the UK economy grew by +1.8% in 2017 (compared to 2016) - again, just a little ahead of expectations, but the slowest annual rate since 2012.

MTA member Yamazaki Mazak nominated for Industrial Cadets Awards 2018

MTA member Yamazaki Mazak nominated for Industrial Cadets Awards 2018

The second Industrial Cadets Awards will take place on 7th March 2018 at The IET's Savoy Place, in the prestigious Kelvin Lecture Theatre.

The Inaugural Industrial Cadets Awards were attended by 250 people and were launched to celebrate the achievements of young people who have completed their nationally accredited work-based experience programme. The awards also recognise the vital input, support and efforts of businesses, employers and schools/colleges.