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Friday Brief

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

First up we have a preview for MACH 2020, which is getting closer all the time. This week we focus on Additive Manufacturing and speak to some of the companies behind this technology who will be exhibiting at the show.

Sticking with shows, EMO Hannover takes place next month, and we have details on how you can get free tickets to attend. See within the Brief for more details.

At EMO, CELIMO will be hosting an International Meeting and while the economic updates for Europe, India, Japan and the USA will be valuable and well worth attending for, the primary purpose of the meeting is as a networking opportunity.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th September on the fairground at Hannover. To find out how to attend please the story below

With the likelihood of a No Deal Brexit in the autumn increasing, the CBI has backed up government efforts to help prepare by publishing practical steps the UK, EU and businesses can take to mitigate the worst effects. The report they published (to which the MTA contributed) makes sobering reading and puts forward 200 recommendations.

Preparations are going to be ramped up over the coming weeks and months and we will be regularly publishing information in the Friday Brief so keep an eye out. The main short-term concern that Government has in relation to the advanced engineering sector is that not enough companies who trade (either import or export) with the EU have an EORI number – which enables HMRC to identify companies involved in transactions and progress them. Companies that trade outside the EU will already have one, but the fear is for companies which only trade with the EU – HMRC estimates that as many as 150,000 of these have not applied. If you don’t have an EORI number, in a No Deal scenario, your goods (both inbound and outbound) will be impounded by HMRC at the port of entry/exit. You can apply here https://www.gov.uk/eori

Keeping across what’s going on in the economy is vital at a time like this. One way to do this is to take part in the MTA Business Survey. July’s is now available, please take the time to fill it out here www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-jul19 - we look forward to hearing from you.

The Supply Chain Research Group (SCRG) at WMG, University of Warwick, is conducting a study to understand the current maturity of Robotics Process Automation adoption across the supply chain. If you would like to contribute to this study see within the Brief for more details.

The China Britain Business Council will be holding an SME Forum in Leeds on 24th September at the College of Music.  The event will present an excellent opportunity for SMEs in the region who are looking to develop their business activity with China. Find out more below.

The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data for manufacturing around the world continue to make rather gloomy reading; most of the countries and regions that e track are in negative territory, although there were a few this month that had improved compared to July.  The UK reading remains weak and there was another fall in the PMI reading for the Euro-zone with Germany still very weak. You know you are in trouble when, for the manufacturing sector, Germany is almost at the bottom of a pile that is topped by Greece!

In the other data this week, the first stab at GDP data from Eurostat shows a significant deceleration in growth for the Euro-zone and the EU28 in the 2nd quarter.  Consistent with this and the PMI data, the latest overview from the European Commission highlights falling industrial confidence, coupled with lower capacity utilisation rates with the UK among a number of major industrial nations to see a reduction in the use of manufacturing capacity. Finally, the latest set of data for the Contract Price Adjustment (CPA) Service that we subscribe to on behalf of members is available, as is the Q1-19 edition of CECIMO’s Economic & Statistics Toolbox.

That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news and view, have a great weekend.

CBBC SME Forum

CBBC SME Forum

The China Britain Business Council will be holding a forum for SMEs in Leeds on the 24th September. The event will be great opportunity for business looking to expand into China which is already the UK’s third biggest export market.

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, July 2019

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, July 2019

The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data for the UK manufacturing sector continues to paint a negative picture with the overall index stuck at a 6½ year low of 48.0.  There is an element of this comparison that actually highlights what has been a relatively good period for manufacturing, but there is no pretending that the continued fall in new orders, output and employment are anything but bad news.  Production levels fell at their fastest pace in 7 years as companies react to lower orders levels - for the latter, a decline in business from the EU and China is mentioned specifically in the

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

European GDP, 2nd Quarter 2019:  The preliminary flash estimate of European GDP from Eurostat shows growth of +0.2% compared to the 1st quarter for both the Euro-zone and the EU28.  This is about half the pace of growth at the start of 2019 and, in the case of the EU28, is the slowest since 2012 and matches the slow growth that was seen in the Euro-zone in the 2nd half of 2018.

CECIMO Toolbox, 1st Quarter 2019

CECIMO Toolbox, 1st Quarter 2019

The latest edition of the CECIMO Toolbox draws together a wide range of data about and around the machine tool industry and sets it out in a way that guides the reader to find what they are looking for quickly.  The five sections cover historical data, demand, investment, the business climate and general indicators.

CELIMO INTERNATIONAL MEETING AT EMO

CELIMO INTERNATIONAL MEETING AT EMO

CELIMO brings together associations (and their members of course) who represent importers and distributors of machine tools, tooling and related technologies.  One of its key activities is helping companies to build networks, both within the importer/distributor community and with manufacturers from around the world.

EMO 2019 Hannover – free tickets available

EMO 2019 Hannover – free tickets available

EMO Hannover takes place from 16- 21 September 2019. The MTA works closely with our European partners on this exhibition and we have free tickets to gain access to the fair ground. If you are interested in visiting the exhibition and would like a complementary ticket please get in contact with events@mta.org.uk for more details.

The tickets contain unique codes that once registered online will gain you allow you entrance into the exhibition on your designated day.

Neither UK nor EU ready for no deal, contingency planning study finds

Neither UK nor EU ready for no deal, contingency planning study finds

With the likelihood of no deal increasing, the CBI has backed up government efforts to help prepare for a no deal exit by publishing practical steps the UK, EU and businesses can take to reduce the worst effects.

Recommendations from the report, ‘What comes next? The business analysis of no deal preparations’, are based on a comprehensive study of existing plans laid out by the UK government, European Commission, member states and firms.

Help Please: Exploring the Maturity of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in Supply Chains

Help Please: Exploring the Maturity of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in Supply Chains

RPA (Robotics Process Automation) is a software-based technology used to automate business processes, analyse the data and interact with other digital systems. It can play a role across all core supply chain processes (planning, procurement, manufacturing and logistics). 

It is a relatively new technology in the supply chain domain, having been more extensively used to automate financial processes. As we move into a more digital era, RPA is a technology that could provide significant benefits across the end to end supply chain. 

MTA Business Survey

MTA Business Survey

The MTA Business Survey for July was launched yesterday.  This is a “normal” length survey with just the basic confidence, inquiries, orders and sales questions, so we hope that as many members as possible will take part in the survey so we get a good overview of the current trends in the sector.

The on-line form is available at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-jul19 - we look forward to hearing from you.