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Friday Brief

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

The MTA are proud to continue support the Close Brothers SME apprenticeship programme along with the AMRC Training Centre. The programme has helped pay for 20 apprentices to support smaller businesses in the Sheffield City Region that might otherwise not be able to afford to take on an apprentice to boost their workforce. Full details of this great collaboration can be found within the Brief.

Brexit has of course been dominating the headlines this week and our Head of External Affairs Paul O’Donnell outlines the MTA’s position in the story below.

The European Commission is organizing (and partly financing) a mission for the Machine Tool industry to India/ IMTEX 2019. To find out more about the mission and if you and your company are eligible for funding please see the story below for full details and act quickly as today is the deadline for applying. The MTA will also be hosting a UK Pavilion at the exhibition which takes place next month.

The EEF's National Manufacturing Conference and Dinner takes place in London on 19th February 2019. The conference will bring together industry and thought leaders along with key policy makers for a day of analysis.

THREAD, the game-changing 3D printing process developed at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has been a featured technology at a Spacecraft Additive Design Workshop held by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA-JPL) in San Pasadena, California.

CECIMO has decided to go forward with a meaningful description change that best reflects the industry the Association serves. CECIMO:  will now be described as the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies.

There are twin and parallel economic stories this week with the manufacturing output and GDP data updates for both the UK and Europe.  Starting at home, the manufacturing output data for October was quite weak, although it does seem to be concentrated in a the Automotive and pharmaceutical industries;  where there is positive news, it is generally modest and with the service sector seeing a slower pace of growth, this impacts on the GDP data which, while still positive for the 3 months to October, is not a rapid as we saw in the 3rd quarter (the 3 months to September).  In Europe, we only have monthly data rather than the rolling trends and although October 2018 was down on September 2018, it was up compared to a year earlier (October 2017) and there is good news here in that the Capital Goods industries was the best performing of the sub-sectors on both comparisons and for both the Euro-zone and the EU28.  However, the European GDP data is less good news with a significant slowdown in the pace of growth led, worryingly, by a quarter-on-quarter fall in German GDP which drove down their annualised rate of growth;  with Italy and France also seeing growth slowdown, this is something we need to watch closely as Europe will remain an important market for the UK, whatever the outcome of Brexit.  Finally this week, we note that the latest report on the destination of investment grants in Scotland is now available – let us know if you want a copy of this report.

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.

Close Brothers apprentices start at AMRC Training Centre

Close Brothers apprentices start at AMRC Training Centre

The next generation of advanced engineers brimming with fresh talent and new ideas have started at the AMRC Training Centre under a scheme from the Close Brothers to help local employers secure the skills they need for future growth.

The Close Brothers SME apprenticeship programme - supported by the AMRC Training Centre and the Manufacturing Technologies Association - has helped pay for 20 apprentices to support smaller businesses in the Sheffield City Region that might otherwise not be able to afford to take on an apprentice to boost their workforce.

IMTEX 2019 and possibility to be part of an EU Delegation of SMEs in MT industry

IMTEX 2019 and possibility to be part of an EU Delegation of SMEs in MT industry

The European Commission is organizing (and partly financing) a mission for the Machine Tool industry to India/ IMTEX 2019.

It is  icunet.ag who is organizing on behalf of the European Commission – EASME a mission with European machine tool SMEs during IMTEX. (This mission will be partly financed by the Horizon 2020 framework programme of the European Union.)

EEF Conference - 19 February 2019

EEF Conference - 19 February 2019

Join the EEF 19 February 2019 for EEF's National Manufacturing Conference and Dinner at the QEII Centre, London and the London Hilton on Park Lane.

The year's most unmissable event brings together industry and thought leaders along with key policy makers for a day of analysis and inspiration - just one month from the UK's departure from the EU. It's an opportunity to ensure you're clued up and business ready, whether it is for new customs arrangements or for supply chain mapping processes.

NASA’s curiosity leads them to rove the planet in search of out-of-this-world AMRC technology

NASA’s curiosity leads them to rove the planet in search of out-of-this-world AMRC technology

THREAD, the game-changing 3D printing process developed at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has been a featured technology at a Spacecraft Additive Design Workshop held by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA-JPL) in San Pasadena, California.

NASA invited AMRC Development Engineer and Additive Manufacturing (AM) Specialist Mark Cocking – who developed THREAD – to an exclusive two-day workshop at NASA-JPL; the laboratory that manages many of NASA's robotic missions exploring Earth, the solar system and our universe.

CECIMO: European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies

CECIMO: European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies

CECIMO has decided to go forward with a meaningful description change that best reflects the industry the Association serves.

Machine tools are indispensable in any smart factory of the future. At the same time, fresh opportunities for innovation are constantly arising from the blurred line between the physical and digital worlds and the emergence of new technologies. This was the impetus for discussing a better description for the industry that CECIMO represents.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Manufacturing Output, October 2018:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published some fairly gloomy data for manufacturing output this week, although as always, it is important to read beyond the headlines.  In this summary, we have focused on the 3-month rolling trend that compares the latest 3 months (August, September and October 2018) with the previous 3 months (May, June and July 2018) and with the same period a year earlier (August, September and October 2017).

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

The November edition of the MTA Business Survey will be closing early next week, so there is still time to let us have your input if you have not done so already.  In these uncertain times, it is important that we have a good overview of the business situation for our industry, so we would encourage as many members as possible to respond to the survey.  You can access the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-nov18 - we look forward to hearing from you.

Brexit

Brexit

After the drama of last week’s lost votes, the politics this week was around a vote that never was as the Government pulled its plans to put the Withdrawal Agreement to the House of Commons. Since the referendum the MTA has consistently favoured an outcome to the process that enables our members to have as full access to the single market as possible. This entails no tariffs, frictionless movement of goods and people with the EU and regulatory alignment so as to minimise non‐tariff barriers.