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Friday Brief

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

Following the success of our first ever UK Pavilion at Metalloobrabotka last year, the MTA are returning to Moscow this May with a similar size pavilion. The pavilion will host a number of MTA members as well as an MTA stand, with events planned during the week. The event will be supported by the MTA’s Russian office with James Fudge and Igor Bazhenov working at the event. See the story below to find out how you can get involved.

MTA member MSP will be hosting a series of webinars and a seminar on overcoming manufacturing challenges. Hosted through Webex, the first Webinar will take place on 6th March at 14:00 (GMT). The following two Webinars will be held at the same time on 2nd April and 1st May. See the story below for full details.

As a member of the MTA you get access to Croner services. Croner are expert consultants in Employment Law, HR, and Health & Safety, with a range of tools and services to help businesses. They are hosting a series of webinars throughout February on different aspects that could help your business. See the story below for full listings.

Dr Graham Siddall a retired Silicon Valley CEO whose life was changed by an apprenticeship has thrown his full support behind the 2019 AMRC Training Centre’s Apprentice of the Year ceremony - putting his name to two new achievement awards.

There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mild steel welding fumes can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans. The Workplace Health Expert Committee has endorsed the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as a human carcinogen.

The main UK data this week was the CBI Industrial Trends Survey which was better than might have been expected overall, but did show that the weakest industries for output were mostly the key purchasers of manufacturing technology equipment;  this highlights the turnaround that we have seen over the past 9-12 months when these industries were generally leading the way.  We also catch up with the European Industrial Production and GDP numbers that did not make it into last week’s edition;  these only served to emphasise that the weakness we are seeing in the UK is not concentrated here, with a sharp downturn in Europe in December that was led by the Capital Goods industries.  The European economy as a whole also weakened with GDP slowing in 2018, although the 2018 growth rate of +1.9% (+2.4% in 2017) for the Euro-zone was still quite a bit ahead of what the UK economy achieved.  We also have the end of year report from the US manufacturing technology market which showed strong growth for both machine tools (+19%) and cutting tools (+12.5%) in 2018 and there are some highlights from the UK trade data, focussing on the trade in goods in 2018.

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.

Silicon Valley CEO celebrates engineering talent of tomorrow at AMRC Training Centre Awards

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Silicon Valley CEO celebrates engineering talent of tomorrow at AMRC Training Centre Awards

A retired Silicon Valley CEO whose life was changed by an apprenticeship has thrown his full support behind the 2019 AMRC Training Centre’s Apprentice of the Year ceremony - putting his name to two new achievement awards.

Nominations are made by employers and trainers who want to recognise the achievement, innovation, fresh thinking or other contributions to industry shown by our apprentices, and are judged by a panel of AMRC Training Centre staff and award sponsors.

HSE Safety Alert issued

HSE Safety Alert issued

Introduction:

There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans. The Workplace Health Expert Committee has endorsed the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as a human carcinogen.

Consequences:

With immediate effect, there is a strengthening of HSE’s enforcement expectation for all welding fume, including mild steel welding; because general ventilation does not achieve the necessary control.

Outcome:

Croner Webinar & E-Learning Schedule - March 2019

Croner Webinar & E-Learning Schedule - March 2019

Hosted by some of the most knowledgeable and renowned professionals in their respective fields, Croner’s Webinar & E-Learning sessions cover HR and health & safety basics, right through to specialised training sessions including relevant legislation and key case law.

Fire Safety Awareness

• Introduction – statistics. Legislation and legislative requirements

• Elements of fire

• Fire classes/types. Risk assessment - process and hazards

• Fire control

• Role of the fire warden

SPRING ECONOMIC UPDATE

SPRING ECONOMIC UPDATE

Our Spring Update presentation this year will be held on Tuesday 30th April at the premises of Fanuc UK in Coventry.  As in the past couple of years, Andy Goodwin from Oxford Economics will give an overview of the economic situation - with a bit of luck, this will be a little clearer as we will have passed the date for Brexit and we should know what this looks like - and Geoff Noon (MTA) will talk delegates through the outlook for the manufacturing and engineering industries.  The event will concentrate on the UK situation although, of course, it won’t entirely ignore global even

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, February 2019:  Manufacturers responding to the CBI survey reported that output growth slowed in the 3 months to February and was at its weakest since May 2018;  however, this is still growth and is just above the long-run average level.  Output expanded in 9 of the 17 sub-sectors covered by the survey with the main drivers of growth being the Chemicals and Food & Drink industries.  It is of concern to MTA members, however, that the main drags on growth were in the Automotive, Transport Equipment and Mechanical Engineering (Machinery) indus

Metalloobrabtoka 2019

Metalloobrabtoka 2019

Following the success of our first ever UK Pavilion at Metalloobrabotka last year, the MTA are returning to Moscow this May with a similar size pavilion.

The pavilion will host a number of MTA members as well as the MTA stand with events planned for during the week. The event will be supported by the MTA’s Russian office with James Fudge and Igor Bazhenov working on the event.

We have been given a discount for space from the organisers and have a small number of stands remaining. The rates are below:

MTA Members

Overcome Manufacturing Challenges With MSP’s Webinar and Seminar Series

Overcome Manufacturing Challenges With MSP’s Webinar and Seminar Series

MSP are pleased to announce the launch of their Webinar and Seminar series. One Webinar a month will take place from March – May (three Webinars in total), leading up to a Technical Seminar at the Renishaw Innovation Centre (Gloucestershire) on 5th June.

Hosted through Webex, the first Webinar will take place on 6th March at 14:00 (GMT). The following two Webinars will be held at the same time on 2nd April and 1st May.