Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
Firstly, we would like to remind MTA members that it is your last chance to register for our Spring Economic Update, which takes place this coming Tuesday (30th April) at FANUC UK in Coventry. As well as our usual economic forecasting featuring the MTA’s Statistician Geoff Noon and Oxford Economics, we will also have a new feature, our technology update led by the MTA’s Technology manager Josh Dugdale. So, see the story below and register, we look forward to seeing you there.
On 22nd May The MTA are hosting the first of our open access Technical Days. The half day event aims to promote the benefits of additive and digital manufacturing technologies and connect companies looking to work with our members and the wider industry. If you are interested in attending or exhibiting at this event, please check out the story below for more details.
The AMRC’s lightweighting event takes place on 15th-16th May 2019 exploring how advanced materials and technologies are taking the weight out of planes, trains and automobiles to improve efficiency and reduce costs as the UK makes the transition to a low carbon economy. Find out more below.
CECIMO, the European Association for the additive manufacturing (AM) sector has welcomed the introduction of a new classification provision for AM machines in the World Custom’s Organisation’s product nomenclature. It’s a really important to step to bringing this technology into the mainstream of world trade. More information is available within the Brief.
Staying with CECIMO, they are hosting an event to coincide with Finland’s taking over the EU Presidency, so together with Technology Industries of Finland they would like to invite MTA members to their event on “Advanced production technologies for circular manufacturing”. The event is organised in partnership with the 2019 EU Green Week and will take place on 23 May 2019, from 09.00 to 11.30 at the European Economic and Social Committee. Find out how you can attend in the story below.
A showcase of UMATI (universal machine tool interface) will take place during the next EMO Hannover 2019. If you would like further details about UMATI you can see they feature within the Brief.
With the Easter holidays, this has been another light week for economic news, but there was some positive data on profitability for UK manufacturing companies which remains at a high level even if it is slightly off from its peak. The ONS has also released an interesting article which highlights the role played by manufacturing industries in the UK’s export performance and, in particular, the importance of those industries who use the equipment supplied by MTA members. There are more details in the economic news article but the automotive and other transport equipment industries hold 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the list of commodities in the UK’s export of goods.
That’s all for this week we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news and views, until then have a great weekend.