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Friday Brief

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

Anyone hoping that the brief summer’s respite from Brexit would continue into September had a rude awakening this week as the PM announced the Prorogation of Parliament, followed by a Queen’s Speech. This will have the effect of curtailing the time available to debate Brexit in Parliament and of course has had the reverse effect on the debate in the media and the country at large. All this means that a No Deal exit is now more likely than ever and making sure that your company is ready is even more important. You can read about some ways to do that in the story below.

Continuing with Brexit, The CBI, of which the MTA is a member, would like to invite our members take part in an urgent snap survey on how business are preparing for Brexit to help shape the CBI’s positioning on Brexit in this unpredictable political environment. Please see the story below and take a few minutes to complete the survey.

On Wednesday 18th September 2019 the MTC in Coventry are hosting the Open Hybrid Final Event. The event will help attendees find out how Hybrid Additive Manufacturing (AM) can offer a solution for a wide range of machine platforms and applications for small and large companies. If you’re are interested in this, please see the story below for full details on the agenda and how to register.

Like MACH 2020, EMO 2019 will have an education focus to try to prepare the next generation of engineers. Over the course of EMO over 4,000 students will experience the show and take part in a range of activities to promote manufacturing and engineering. If you are interested in attending EMO please remember the MTA can offer free passes to gain access to the exhibition, please email events@mta.org.uk to pick up your complementary tickets.

Also, 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.

On October 22nd NPL and MMN will be hosting an on Innovation using Emerging Technologies. This event takes place in the evening at NPL in London, if you’re interested in registering there is more details on the agenda and registration below.

The Government has published Health is everyone’s business, a public consultation seeking views on different ways in which government and employers can take action to reduce ill health-related job loss. If you would like to take part in this consultation, please see within the Brief.

The only economic news item this week is the Economic Sentiment indicator (ESI) compiled by the European Commission. This showed an improvement overall for the Euro-zone compared to July, although the reading is still below the long-run average; the EU28 continued to decline thanks, mainly, to weakening sentiment in the largest non-Euro economy (the UK!).  The individual country trends remain mixed, but there was some good news in an improvement in confidence in the industrial sector.

That’s all for this week, we hope you have a fantastic weekend from everyone at the MTA.

Open Hybrid Final Event

Open Hybrid Final Event

On Wednesday 18th September 2019 for the Open Hybrid Final Event and find out how Hybrid Additive Manufacturing (AM) can offer a solution for a wide range of machine platforms and applications for small and large companies.

OpenHybrid Objectives

NPL MMN Event: Innovation using Emerging Technologies

NPL MMN Event: Innovation using Emerging Technologies

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

The pace of technological development leading to the emergence of new technologies is rapid and it is easy to miss ideas that could be useful to early adopters. Universities and research organisations generate masses of new ideas which expand available technological know-how constantly, far too quick for any single person or small organisation to keep pace with.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator, August 2019:  In an unusual divergence of trends, the European Commission’s (EC) Economic Sentiment Index (ESI) increased slightly in the Euro-zone but continued to decline in the EU28.  Among the major Euro-zone economies, Spain saw a significant improvement while Germany and Netherlands edged up, France and Austria were broadly flat and Italy and Belgium saw a significant fall compared to July.  Of the two largest non-Euro economies, Poland saw its ESI unchanged, while the UK declined;  Sweden also fell, but the Czech Repu

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.

Brexit Preparations

Brexit Preparations

The latest Brexit machinations have been some of the most controversial yet with the Prime Minister seeking to prorogue Parliament to deprive MPs of at least some of the time that they need to mount a challenge to his plan to leave the EU come-what-may on the 31st October. The process in Parliament and the courts will be fraught and tortuous, but what it means for Business is less obvious.

CBI Brexit Survey

CBI Brexit Survey

The CBI would like to invite you to take part in an urgent snap survey on how business are preparing for Brexit and shape the CBI’s positioning on Brexit in this unpredictable political environment.