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Friday Brief

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

Speaking about the risk of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, Manufacturing Technologies Association CEO James Selka said “The manufacturing technologies sector is highly internationalised. All of our members have either international suppliers or international customers, frequently both, and they need the confidence that they will be able to work with them on a secure basis in the future.

The report from the CBI Industrial trends Survey this week provided an encouraging end to the year with output growth picking up over the past 3 months and although orders were down slightly overall, export orders accelerated to grow at their fastest pace since January.  The weak point was the slower growth predicted for output over the coming 3 months, but it is still well above the long-run average and this may only reflect the holiday season.  The US market continues to perform strongly with significant growth in both machinery and tooling in the first ten months of the year, although the pace did drop a little in October, but this is hardly surprising given that IMTS took place the previous month.  This week’s economic news article also reports on some small revisions to the UK production data for 2016 and 2017 for our sector and the analysis of the UK’s exports and imports of goods by industry – did you know that more than half of our exports of manufactured goods are from the engineering industries?

Entire aircraft wing assemblies could be transported by intelligent, autonomous robots at the vast Airbus production facility in North Wales following a collaborative research project with engineers at the AMRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Group. Find out more in the story below.

EU negotiators this week agreed on CO2 emission rules for cars and vans, as the Austrian presidency of the EU defied expectations and brokered a compromise.  But the deal has already been branded as both “insufficient” by green campaigners and “unrealistic” by the car industry. See within the Brief for more details.

Finally everyone at the MTA would like to wish our members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year, we’ll be back in 2019 with more industry news, until then enjoy the festive season.

Manufacturing Technologies Association Statement on ‘No Deal’ Brexit

Speaking about the risk of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, Manufacturing Technologies Association CEO James Selka said “The manufacturing technologies sector is highly internationalised. All of our members have either international suppliers or international customers, frequently both, and they need the confidence that they will be able to work with them on a secure basis in the future.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, December 2018:  The latest edition of the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) showed a further acceleration in output growth in the 3 months to December and is at its fastest since July.  Output expanded in 15 of the 17 sub-sectors covered by the ITS with, encouragingly, the fastest growing of these including Mechanical Engineering (alongside Food & Drink and Chemicals).  However, respondents to the ITS do expect output to slow somewhat over the next 3 months although this may just reflect the holiday period.

Autonomous robots could be transporting huge aircraft wings for Airbus within the next five years

Autonomous robots could be transporting huge aircraft wings for Airbus within the next five years

Entire aircraft wing assemblies could be transported by intelligent, autonomous robots at the vast Airbus production facility in North Wales following a collaborative research project with engineers at the AMRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Group.

The ambitious project began by developing safe, automated means of delivering tooling supplies internally within the Airbus factory at Broughton in Wales, but could be expanded rapidly as the benefits of using small, autonomous robotic vehicles are being realised on the shop floor.

EU agrees on 37.5% CO2 reduction for cars by 2030

EU agrees on 37.5% CO2 reduction for cars by 2030

EU negotiators on Monday agreed on CO2 emission rules for cars and vans, as the Austrian presidency of the EU defied expectations and brokered a compromise.

But the deal has already been branded as both “insufficient” by green campaigners and “unrealistic” by the car industry.

According to an agreement reached by the European Parliament and the 28 EU member states late last night, CO2 emissions from new cars will have to decrease by 37.5% by 2030 and 31% for vans.