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Friday Brief

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

It’s all change at the top this week as new MTA President Marcus Burton replaced Geoff Bryant as the industry’s leader for the next two years. The transfer took place at the AGM, held in Westminster on Tuesday and is the start of a two year term.

As well as a round-up of the year, the AGM heard from two experts in their respective fields. Professor Sam Turner, CTO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, talked about the Made Smarter programme which is aiming to turn the North West of England on to Industrial Digitalisation. Then, Professor Anand Menon Director of the Centre for the UK in a Changing Europe at Kings College London shared his thoughts on the latest developments in respect of Brexit.

After the AGM members made their way over to the House of Commons for a Parliamentary Reception. As luck would have it, it was one of the most dramatic days in Parliament for years with the Government suffering three defeats on Brexit during the time we were there. Speaking at the meeting, Marcus Burton made it clear that manufacturing industry regards a ‘No Deal’ outcome to Brexit as damaging and that Government should do everything possible to avoid it. Business Minister Richard Harrington MP and Shadow Business Minister Chi Onwurah MP made time in their incredibly tight schedules that day to speak.

Keeping Government up to date with what is happening in the industry is one of the most important things the MTA can do to maintain the sectors visibility. The Business Survey is a big part of this and November’s is now open for completion here www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-nov18

Over in Brussels this week CECIMO announced the creation of a new high-level Committee to deal with Additive Manufacturing. The move formalises CECIMO’s position as the European Association for the whole value chain of the AM Industry in Europe. The Committee will be chaired by Stewart Lane of Renishaw. More below.

Looking ahead to 2019, the MTA’s centenary year, we have news of the after dinner entertainment with the confirmation that Marcus Brigstock will be joining us on the 28th of February at the Park Plaza in London – booking details are below.

If your interested in setting up in India then you may want to consider a new development in Karnataka where the go ahead has just been given for a new Integrated Machine Tools Park. If it might be one for you contact the MTA for an introduction to our friends at the Indian Machine Tool Association who are sponsoring the initiative.

If your planning a visit to intec, the largest trade fair in the eastern part of Germany (Leipzig 5-8 Feb), in the new year then click on the story below for a free entry ticket.

The biggest economic news this week was the publication of the PMI figures at its start which attracted some muted headlines despite a significant improvement in the UK, although as this only took us back to around the September figure, these were, perhaps, justified.  In Europe the picture was weaker with Italy remaining in negative territory and both Germany and France seeing long-term low levels (although both of these were above 50).  The rest of the world was a mixed picture with some improvements and some lower readings and with no obvious regional pattern to the data.  With the UK data for manufacturing output in October being published on Monday - we will report on this next week - it will be interesting to see how this matches up with the PMI trends.  Also this week, we have the data exchange from the recent CECIMO General Assembly meeting available for members and there is also the latest report for the Contract Price Adjustment Service which we subscribe to on behalf of members - please get in touch if you would like either of these reports.

CECIMO strengthens dialogue with policymakers with creation of new high-level Additive Manufacturing committee

CECIMO strengthens dialogue with policymakers with creation of new high-level Additive Manufacturing committee

CECIMO has created a new Additive Manufacturing (AM) committee. The new committee will be the preeminent platform to discuss EU policy challenges and opportunities in the field of AM.

With this action, CECIMO’s General Assembly has formalised the association’s position as the European Association for the whole value chain of the AM Industry in Europe. The committee will act as an umbrella for all of CECIMO’s current activities – technical, statistical, economic, business and communication – as the voice of additive manufacturing technologies at European level.

Entertainment announced for Annual Dinner

Entertainment announced for Annual Dinner

The MTA are pleased to announce that Marcus Brigstocke will be providing the entertainment at next year’s Centenary Dinner, sponsored by Close Brothers. Having just finished his ‘Devil May Care’ Tour of the UK, Marcus will be joining us to celebrate 100 years of the MTA at the Westminster Park Plaza, London, on 28th February 2019.

We are also delighted to inform you that initial table drinks have been sponsored by the NEC meaning all tables will have 2 bottles of red wine and 2 bottles of white wine waiting for guests when they sit down.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

The MTA Business Survey for November is underway and, with thanks to those who have already replied, we would encourage MTA members to take part in this valuable survey.  It provides a valuable overview of the business situation for the manufacturing technologies industry and can give a base against which to check your own situation.  The on-line form available at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-nov18 and we look forward to receiving your responses over the next few days.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, November 2018:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector picked up in November to 53.1;  this suggests that the 27-month low recorded in October was something of an exception (probably related to the uncertainty over Brexit), although the improvement this month only bring the index in-line with the trend we have seen for this year.  Compared to October, both output and orders increased across all the sub-sectors of consumer, intermediate and investment goods and there was also a modest increase in manufacturing employment fo

Posting of Workers Directive

Posting of Workers Directive

On the occasion of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) held in Brussels on 6 December and the ongoing discussion on the European Labour Authority, CECIMO would like to bring the failings of the Posting of Workers Directive to the attention of the EU Ministers responsible for Employment.

intec 2019: Starting off the trade fair calendar

intec 2019: Starting off the trade fair calendar

intec is one of the leading trade fairs for the metal working industry in Europe. It is the industry get-together for manufacturing technology in metal processing and automation in Production and at the same time is the largest investment goods trade fair in eastern part of Germany. intec trade visitors come from all areas of mechanical engineering and plant construction, automotive and vehicle industry, electrical/electronics industry and metal trade.