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Friday Brief

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

On November 1st we’ll be hosting our Exhibitor Day at the NEC in preparation for MACH 2020. The day is designed to provide exhibitors with key information, give them an opportunity to meet and quiz our suppliers and find out about new technology and opportunities at the show. Find out more in the story below and book your place today for this extremely popular event.

We recently launched our biennial survey of charges made by members for service engineer visits; we sent this only to the type of companies likely to have this service, but we may have missed someone who would like to participate in this survey. For more details on this see the story below or email our Statistician Geoff Noon at MTA at geoff.noon@mta.org.uk.

The MTA recently attended the Additive International Conference in Nottingham see below for a full report of the event.

This week the University of Wolverhampton launched the Composite & Additive Layer Materials Engineering Research & Innovation Centre (CALMERIC) project. CALMERIC is designed to support SME engineering and manufacturing companies to develop high performance components that are lightweight and make efficient use of materials. Find out more in the story below.

The economic news this week covers the European industrial production data that just missed the deadline last week.  Although there was an increase in output in May (compared to April), this follows a fall in the previous month and we are some way yet from a proper recovery.  Also, while the capital goods industries (most MTA members customers are in this sub-sector) did slightly better in the month-on-month trend, weakness in recent months mean that they are still below where they were last year and Germany remains one of the weakest in terms of the level of industrial production.

With just two months to go until EMO Hannover opens its doors, this week we have an update on the Start-up area which will be presenting many exciting newcomers to the exhibition. See within the Brief for more details.

During their centenary year the Women’s Engineering Society is collaborating with the Royal Academy of Engineering to survey engineers about their career experiences through an Engineering Census. This census will compare the experiences of women engineers with that of their male counterparts to understand the barriers to progression and retention that affect both women and men. To take part please check out the survey 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.

MACH 2020 Exhibitors Day

MACH 2020 Exhibitors Day

We understand that exhibiting represents a serious investment of resources and we want to help our exhibitors get the best possible return from their time at MACH 2020. To help you we will be holding our 'Exhibitor Day' at the NEC on 1st November 2019, the programme is designed to provide exhibitors with key information, give them an opportunity to meet and quiz our suppliers and find out about new technology and opportunities at the show.

It is a mixed day with presentations aimed at sales, marketing and operations so there is something for everyone!

2019 Engineering Census

2019 Engineering Census

During their centenary year WES is collaborating with the Royal Academy of Engineering to survey engineers about their career experiences through an Engineering Census. This census will compare the experiences of women engineers with that of their male counterparts to understand the barriers to progression and retention that affect both women and men. 

MTA SURVEY OF SERVICE ENGINEERS CHARGES

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MTA SURVEY OF SERVICE ENGINEERS CHARGES

We recently launched our biennial survey of charges made by members for service engineer visits;  we sent this only to the type of companies likely to have this service, but we may have missed someone who would like to participate in this survey.  Also, you may have missed the e-mail or it has gone to someone to an old e-mail address - where companies replied in 2017, we have used those contacts.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

European Industrial Production, May 2019:  The latest set of data from Eurostat shows that total industrial production - this is manufacturing plus extraction and utilities activity - in the Euro-zone increased by +0.9% compared to April, but that level was still -0.5% lower than in May 2018.  For the EU28 as a whole, the trends were +0.8% and +0.4% respectively as there was a marked divergence between the two areas a year earlier.

HSE Metalworking Fluid Mist Event

HSE Metalworking Fluid Mist Event

The HSE are hosting an event on the 24th July 2019 at their Science and Research Laboratories in Buxton (https://www.hsl.gov.uk/about-us/location) looking at Designing out CNC Machine Metalworking Fluid Mist Inhalation Risks.

The event aims to bring together CNC equipment designers with local exhaust ventilation (LEV) designers and start discussions and dialogue about how to design out CNC Machine Metalworking Fluid Mist Inhalation Risks. The event will cover the following topics:

Start-up area at EMO Hannover 2019 presenting many exciting newcomers

Start-up area at EMO Hannover 2019 presenting many exciting newcomers

Start-ups are sought after. Many established companies are looking to make contact and cooperate with them and/or invest in them. Thomas Staufenbiel, one of the three founders of Gestalt Robotics GmbH in Berlin, is just such a sought-after businessman. At EMO Hannover, the company is presenting its tailor-made automation and artificial intelligence (AI) software on the start-up stand of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in Hall 9.

Additive International Conference

Additive International Conference

The MTA recently attended the Additive International Conference in Nottingham. The conference brought together a fantastic line-up of speakers from places such as the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), the University of Nottingham, Cranfield University and TWI.  The topics covered by the conference included the development of a plug and play material formulations platform, the development of open software architecture for additive manufacturing and opportunities for additive within quantum technologies.