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Friday Brief

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

More than 50% of engineering firms in the UK have taken on an apprentice in the last two years a new survey by the MTA and Close Brothers Asset Finance, has found. Find out the full story in the Brief below.

This week the MTA hosted our first Engineering Digital Mash-up event at Yamazaki Mazak’s European headquarters in Worcester. The one-day event was tailored for SME’s looking to start their digital journey, for a full report on the event see within the Brief.

On the 11th July the AMRC Factory 2050 will be holding a 5G sector specific testbeds and trails funding round table. The event is to help business identify how 5G can be used in a commercial situation, if you’re interested in attending details on registration can be found within the story.

During its General Assembly in Rüschlikon, CECIMO announced a turnover for the European machine tool industry in 2018 of €27.5 billion, which is 9% higher compared to 2017. This reprents a 35% market share in the global machine tool production. But slowing global trade and weakening business sentiment are heavy downside risks for the European machine tool manufacturers.

The #AMRCtribe campaign is a social media group set up to tackle one of the serious challenges facing engineering - attracting more women into the industry, providing a safe and supportive environment where young women can have the confidence to talk. The campaign will encourage women to talk about their interests in STEM subjects and pursuing STEM-related careers. This will be supported by social events to encourage the tribe to bond and foster close relationships between the members. Find out how you can get involved in the story below.

Industrial processes can either be digital or sustainable – at least that is the belief of many who have not yet given the issues involved the consideration they deserve. But the VDMA Technology Forum at EMO Hannover will be proving the opposite: applied sensibly and judiciously, digitalisation can increase sustainability. Find out more below.

That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news and views, until then have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.

UK Engineer Firms leading the way in apprentice recruitment

More than 50% of engineering firms in the UK have taken on an apprentice in the last two years a new survey by the Manufacturing Technologies Association and Close Brothers Asset Finance, has found.

The survey looked across a range of sectors, including Food and Drink, Retail, Recruitment and Services, finding that the only other sector employing apprentices at a similar rate to Engineering firms was Construction.

Engineering Digital Mash-up

Engineering Digital Mash-up

This week the MTA hosted our first Engineering Digital Mash-up event at Yamazaki Mazak’s European headquarters in Worcester. The event was organised in partnership with Stirling Media and the Worcestershire LEP, with support from Autodesk and the Manufacturing Technology Centre.

The day was aimed at SMEs looking to adopt digital technologies. Updates were given on the Midlands Digital Engine, the Worcestershire 5G Testbed and how SME's can get support on their digital journey.

Europe produces 35% of all machine tools in the world

Europe produces 35% of all machine tools in the world

During its General Assembly in Rüschlikon, CECIMO announced a turnover for the European machine toll industry in 2018 of €27.5 billion, which is 9% higher compared to 2017. This represents a 35% market share in the global machine tool production. But slowing global trade and weakening business sentiment are heavy downside risks for the European machine tool manufacturers.

Economic outlook and trends

'Tribe' launches to attract young women into engineering

'Tribe' launches to attract young women into engineering

‘Be brave, try new things and don’t be afraid to ask questions’.

That’s the advice Nuclear AMRC researcher and Great British Bake Off winner Rahul Mandal gave to a room full of girls at the launch of #AMRCtribe campaign on Tuesday (June 25).

As a STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) ambassador, Rahul said he was honoured to help kick start the campaign, which has been developed by the University of Sheffield AMRC to tackle one of the serious challenges facing engineering - attracting more women into the industry.

EMO Hannover 2019: Digital approaches to sustainable machining

EMO Hannover 2019: Digital approaches to sustainable machining

Industrial processes can either be digital or sustainable – at least that is the belief of many who have not yet given the issues involved the consideration they deserve. But the VDMA Technology Forum at EMO Hannover will be proving the opposite: applied sensibly and judiciously, digitalisation can even increase sustainability. Four companies whose digital solutions are helping to make the production and use of tools more sustainable offer their insights.