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.