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Friday Brief

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

We’re looking forward to MACH 2020 as it is now only a few short months away. We take a closer look at the Metrology Zone at the exhibition to give to a feel of what will be on show there.

Our biennial survey of charges made by members for service engineer visits is still open for replies;  we only sent this to the type of companies likely to have this service, but we may have missed someone who would like to participate in this survey. If you need a copy of the form, please e-mail Geoff Noon at MTA (e-mail:  gnoon@mta.org.uk).

The Chancellor announces new plans to help businesses that trade with Europe prepare for October 31. HMRC is stepping up efforts to ensure businesses are ready to trade post-Brexit by automatically enrolling companies in an important customs system and doubling the numbers registered, the Chancellor announces this week (Wednesday, 21 August). For more details please see below.

EMO Hannover 2019 is just a few short weeks away now. At the exhibition they will be showcasing a wide range of additively manufactured workpieces in the additive manufacturing circle. See within the Brief for more details on this. We have free tickets to give away for the exhibition, so if you’re interested email events@mta.org.uk for more details.  

The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has scaled new heights, playing a key role in a new world record for the number of people playing the same piano at the same time. Find out how they managed to do it below.

A free workshop, led by MTA members, 4CM Ltd, will guide you through the complexities of inbound and account-based marketing and provide fresh guidance to support the business development activities of MTA members. The Inbound Marketing for Manufacturers Workshop will be held in Milton Keynes on Wednesday 18th September. if you would like to attend see within the Brief for more details.

Croner, our trusted HR and employment law partner, have provided us with a blog piece for this week explaining ‘What is new in employment law’ outlining some of the main changes to have recently taken place for businesses to note.

Although still relatively weak, there was a small improvement in the CBI Industrial Trends Survey published this week;  output was broadly flat and although orders were “below normal”, this was much less so than in the previous survey.  The other news this week comes from the USA where the demand for machinery continues to slow with a fall of -13% in the first half of the year;  this is expected to accelerate in the second half with last August and September having been record high levels.  The cutting tool market is still growing - up by +3% in the first half of the year - but a much slower pace than we have seen over the past 12-18 months.

That’s all for this week, we would like to wish you a relaxing bank holiday weekend, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news and views.

MTA SURVEY OF SERVICE ENGINEERS CHARGES

MTA SURVEY OF SERVICE ENGINEERS CHARGES

Our biennial survey of charges made by members for service engineer visits is still open for replies;  we only sent this 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

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, August 2019:  In the latest results from the CBI survey, manufacturing output has stabilised following the dip in the July report, although it is a little below the long-run average.  Output over the latest 3 months (data collection ended on 12th August) grew in 7 of the 17 sub-sectors, with Pharmaceuticals, Mechanical Engineering (Machinery) and Plastics Products noted as leading the positive contributions.  The respondents expect output volumes to remain flat over the next 3 months.

MACH 2020: Measuring up for digitized manufacturing

MACH 2020: Measuring up for digitized manufacturing

As we move into an increasingly digitalised manufacturing environment, the role of metrology becomes more and more central as it provides the bridge between the physical and digitalised worlds.

Exhibitors at MACH 2020 will be showcasing a wealth of measurement technologies – from probing and laser scanning, to vision systems, X-ray tomography, portable arms and tools for data analysis – ensuring that visitors will be able to find the tools they need to meet their production demands in the digital age.

Chancellor accelerates Brexit preparations for businesses

Chancellor accelerates Brexit preparations for businesses

Chancellor announces new plans to help businesses that trade with Europe prepare for October 31

HMRC is stepping up efforts to ensure businesses are ready to trade post-Brexit by automatically enrolling companies in an important customs system and doubling the numbers registered, the Chancellor announces today (Wednesday, 21 August).

AMRC plays key role engineering new world record

AMRC plays key role engineering new world record

The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has scaled new heights, playing a key role in a new world record for the number of people playing the same piano at the same time.

On Monday 19th August, at the opening ceremony of the 69th CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering) General Assembly in Birmingham, 88 school children played a newly-commissioned piece of music composed and conducted by pianist Martin Riley, smashing the previous record of 21.

Free members Workshop: Inbound Marketing for Manufacturers

Free members Workshop: Inbound Marketing for Manufacturers

Marketing in the industrial and engineering sectors has changed dramatically in recent years. As you have probably found, traditional sales techniques, especially cold calling, no longer produce worthwhile sales leads and new customers. 

Today, buyers are in control, they will have done their research online and probably know your products and your competitors’ products as well as you do.  In order for your audience to want to make contact, you must earn their trust and respect and then follow a clear process that converts and retains them as a customer.

What’s New in Employment Law?

What’s New in Employment Law?

New cases and developments constantly shape the world of employment law, which can make it difficult for employers to keep up.

Croner, our trusted HR and employment law partner, outline the key cases and main changes to have recently taken place for businesses to note. For any further information or advice on these matters, call our dedicated member advice line on 0844 561 8133.

New Laws Crack Down on Misuse of Non-Disclosure Agreements