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Friday Brief

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

First up the MTA have been hosting a UK pavilion in Russia this week. This is the first time the MTA has hosted a pavilion at Metalloobrabotka alongside member companies Colchester Machine Tools Solutions, CGTech, Lapmaster Wolters, Matrix Machine Tools (Coventry) Ltd, PTG Holroyd and Renishaw. Read more in the story below.

Staying with international trade we have been in talks with the organisers of IMTEX 2019 with a view to having a UK pavilion in Bangalore, India next January. Please contact James Fudge for further details.

The European Union activated a blocking statute - a trade defence mechanism in response to the US sanctions against Iran. This mechanism bans the European companies, under threat of punishment, from complying with the US sanctions against Iran. The measure aims to neutralise the US (secondary) sanctions on European companies.

The MTA is an intermediary partner of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), who have circulated the important information below with regards to the Apprenticeship Levy. Employers who pay the apprenticeship levy can now make a transfer to fund apprenticeships in another organisation.

DIT Mexico and The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) are hosting a Webinar on the Automotive Industry, export opportunities and a trade mission to Mexico this October.

Engineers at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) are leading the way in Collaborative Robotics research in a drive to help SMEs integrate the technology onto factory floors. Find out about the work they are doing below.

Most of our reports this week are international, but we do have the Bank of England’s Agents’ summary of business conditions – this continues to paint a positive picture for manufacturing, with export activity, either direct or indirect, as the main driver.  In Europe, industrial production recovered in March but, in contrast to the UK, the capital goods sub-sector appears to be one of the weakest elements in this picture.  What is true, however, is that overall economic growth is stronger in most of Europe than it is in the UK where, apart from Denmark, the UK is the slowest growing economy in the European Union.  Completing the international picture, the latest data from the US shows strong growth in their market for both manufacturing technology (mostly machine tools) and for cutting tools.

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

MTA host UK Pavilion at Metalloobrabotka

MTA host UK Pavilion at Metalloobrabotka

The MTA has once again been flying the Union Jack in Russia this week.

For the first time the MTA has hosted a pavilion at Metalloobrabotka alongside Colchester Machine Tools Solutions, CGTech, Lapmaster Wolters, Matrix Machine Tools (Coventry) Ltd, PTG Holroyd and Renishaw.

James Fudge and Dr Igor Bazhenov were at the event alongside Members and the MTA’s national peers.

The MTA also co-hosted a briefing with DIT on the Russian market and opportunities for UK businesses.

IMTEX 2019- UK Pavilion

IMTEX 2019- UK Pavilion

The MTA have been in contact with the organisers of IMTEX 2019 with a view to having a UK pavilion. The cost for members to exhibit as part of the pavilion are below, with a location within the exhibition to be confirmed.

£310/m2 for space only

£350/m2 for shell scheme

These prices include both taxes of (9% each) but there may be additional costs associated with registration fees and show catalogue entries.

Important information about the Apprenticeship Levy

Important information about the Apprenticeship Levy

The MTA is an intermediary partner of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), who have circulated the important information below with regards to the Apprenticeship Levy. Employers who pay the apprenticeship levy can now make a transfer to fund apprenticeships in another organisation. They can view their transfers allowance in their apprenticeship service account and use a new transfers estimator tool to help them plan a transfer.

Transfers are the first big flexibility offering to employers to help make apprenticeships work better for everyone.

AMRC leads the way in Collaborative Robotics research to help SMEs transform into factories of the future

AMRC leads the way in Collaborative Robotics research to help SMEs transform into factories of the future

Engineers at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) are leading the way in Collaborative Robotics research in a drive to help SMEs integrate the technology onto factory floors.

Collaborative robots – also known as cobots - differ from conventional industrial robots in that they feature technology that allows them to operate safely alongside human workers in a shared area. They are capable of operating with limited force and speed and are equipped with force-sensing to enable them to stop when they come into contact with an operator.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

European Industrial Production, March 2018:  According to Eurostat, total industrial production in the Euro-zone was +0.5% higher than in February, while the EU28 as a whole saw an increase of +0.4%.  Compared to March 2017, total industrial production - which includes output of the manufacturing, utilities and extraction sectors - grew by +3.0% in both the Euro-zone and the EU28.