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Friday Brief

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

We’re slightly early with this week’s newsletter due to the bank holiday weekend, but we still have a dose of manufacturing news for your enjoyment over Easter.

Firstly, as mentioned in last week’s Brief, this past Monday (15th April) marked the 100th anniversary of the formation of the MTA. So, a big thank you to all of our members for the support over the past century. Here’s to another 100 years of representing the UK manufacturing technologies sector.

The MTA is pleased to announce the Annual Members' Golf Day will be held on Wednesday 29th May 2019 and will be returning to The Leicestershire Golf Club. Spaces are £65+VAT per player which includes all golfing activities and a 3-course lunch. So, get in touch with our events team if you would like to attend.

We have a follow up to last week’s EMO story Manufacturers making increased use of dry machining and MQL. Find out more in the story below.

Rahul Mandal – Nuclear AMRC research associate and Great British Bake Off winner – enthused a packed audience of young people at South Yorkshire’s annual Get Up To Speed with STEM event with inspiring talk about the close links between the science of engineering and the art of baking. More details within the Brief.

The MTA is supporting Europe’s International Trade Fair for Tool, Pattern and Mould Making, taking place in Stuttgart. If you wish to attend, we have a special promo code for members to use to get discounted access to the exhibition.

It has been a quiet week for economic news with only the data on industrial output in Europe to report.  This showed a slight easing compared to January for the Euro-zone, although the EU28 as a whole maintained the January level which represented a recovery from a couple of poor months at the end of 2018.  The capital goods industries were broadly in line with the overall total;  however, so concern remains with another set of weak data for Germany which has seen a fall in seven of the nine months since it peaked in May 2018.

That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, until then we wish you a very happy and relaxing Easter break from everyone at the MTA.

 

MTA Golf Day 2019

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MTA Golf Day 2019

The MTA is pleased to announce the Annual Members' Golf Day will be on Wednesday 29th May 2019 and will be returning to The Leicestershire Golf Club.

Format for the day:

  • 09.00     Bacon Sandwiches & Tea/Coffee
  • 10.00     Start
  • 15.15     3-course Lunch & Prizes
  • 17.30     Close

Space are £65+VAT per player which includes all golfing activities and a 3-course lunch.

Rahul rises to STEM challenge

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Rahul rises to STEM challenge

Rahul Mandal – Nuclear AMRC research associate and Great British Bake Off winner – enthused a packed audience of young people at South Yorkshire’s annual Get Up To Speed with STEM event with inspiring talk about the close links between the science of engineering and the art of baking.

His message to the more than 3,000 school pupils gathered at Magna in Rotherham was this: "If you can do baking, you can do science and engineering and if you're doing engineering, then you can bake.”

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

European Industrial Production, February 2019:  Data published by Eurostat shows that total industrial production in the Euro-zone was -0.2% lower than in January and compared to February 2018 it fell by -0.3%.  In the EU28, output was unchanged on January and +0.3% higher than a year earlier.

Looking at the main sub-sectors shows that output of the Capital Goods industries in the Euro-zone was -0.4% lower than in January but was +0.5% higher than in February 2018.  For the EU28, the month-on-month trend was -0.2%, with growth of +0.5% compared to a year earlier.

EMO Hannover 2019 helping with application decisions (Part 2)

EMO Hannover 2019 helping with application decisions (Part 2)

Frankfurt am Main, 15 April 2019. – Should we continue with classic machining and coolant lubricants, or do dry machining and minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) represent viable alternatives? From a technology point of view, it is important to consider material properties and machine performance, but plant costs, energy and health aspects increasingly need to be included in any assessment of the overall process. Lubrication system manufacturers and scientists commented on these aspects in the first of this two-part series.