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Friday Brief

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

I’m sure it has been a busy week for many of our members with EMO 2019 taking place in Hannover. The MTA were out in force, supporting our members and representing your interests on the international stage. We’ll have a full report from the show in next week’s edition.

Last week saw a joint video published on Autosport International’s YouTube channel featuring the MTA and our members Wolverhampton University. The video is to encourage more people into careers in engineering and focuses on the power of our members’ technology, by highlighting the students who run the UWR F3 racing team. The clip has been received well and clocked up over 10,000 views in the first day alone. We’d encourage you to watch it and share within your network and help us promote the opportunities that are available within our industry. View it here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thy2ed5okpw.

The MTA Forecast Seminar this year will be on Thursday 17 October. You can register for the event, which this year is being held at Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester, via the MTA website at https://www.mta.org.uk/event/forecast-seminar-2019 - we look forward to seeing you there.

The MTA has recently updated our Standards booklet. The booklet highlights the technical committees at BSI that the MTA technical team attend and the standards that are under development within each of those committees. See the story below for more details.

DIT have asked us to flag some events that may be of interest to our members, one on Brexit Readiness and the other about their Gulf Roadshow, see within the Brief for more details on these.

MTA members Hexagon are hosting an event to focus on future manufacturing trends and SMART factories. HxGN LOCAL Smart Manufacturing UK is a two-day event at The Belfry Hotel and Resort near Birmingham, to be held on the 1-2 October 2019. Check out the story below to find out how you can attend.

Going back to Wolverhampton Uni and their racing team one of their engineering students has helped design a unique exhaust component for a prestigious sports car.

Staying with education, MTA members Renishaw have partnered with the Cardiff Blues Community Foundation to deliver a successful eight-week pilot programme as part of a three-year partnership to raise the aspirations of local year 8 and 9 students. After the Raising Aspirations programme, where students participated in workshops and visited Renishaw attendees greatly increased their perception of their abilities in categories such as teamwork, communication and goal setting.

Next week we will have the roundup of economic data that has been exchanged this week during EMO, but for now, the July numbers for the US market continue to show orders for new machinery weakening, although it is worth remembering that 2018 was a record year and the 2019 levels are still good by historical standards;  the cutting tool market in the USA is still growing slowly at a high level.  We also have a look at the breakdown of UK exports/imports of manufactured goods analysed by industry for the 2nd quarter of 2019;  these generally show a fall compared to the 1st period of the year, although at a similar level to a year ago, with the 4-quarter rolling trend still growing.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news and views, until then have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.

Engineering student designs a unique component for prestigious sports car

Engineering student designs a unique component for prestigious sports car

A University of Wolverhampton engineering student has helped design a unique exhaust component for a prestigious sports car.

Daniel Bird, 26 from Staffordshire, is studying for a Motorsport Engineering degree in the School of Engineering at Telford Innovation Campus.

The School of Engineering was approached to design and manufacture a bespoke exhaust trim for a Pagani Huayra car that will be driven to Europe to take part in an exhibition.

MTA FORECAST SEMINAR

MTA FORECAST SEMINAR

The MTA Forecast Seminar this year will be held on Thursday 17 October;  the timing is, as the Chinese say, interesting, as it falls on the day of the EU Summit, so while we may not be able to give a definitive view of the future trends, the event will, of course, include discussion of the various scenarios around Brexit and the implications for our sector.  The three presentations will cover the global economic outlook and an overview of the prospects for key industry sectors, both at home and overseas;  these will be delivered by Adrian Cooper CEO and Chief Economist at Oxford Economics a

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

USMTO and US CTMR, July 2019:  The US Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) programme tracks orders in the US market, based on the reports from participants.  The July figures were a little up on June, but the total for the first 7 months of 2019 are running at -12% compared to the same period in 2018 (January to July).

MTA Standards Booklet Updated

MTA Standards Booklet Updated

The MTA has recently updated our Standards update booklet. This booklet highlights the technical committees at BSI that the MTA technical team attend and the standards that are under development within each of those committees. MTA members are invited to view the booklet and please get in contact with the MTA Technical team if there are any standards being updated which are of interest. A copy of the booklet can be found through the following link:

DIT Brexit Readiness Event/Gulf Roadshow

DIT Brexit Readiness Event/Gulf Roadshow
  • DIT’s Brexit-readiness events for exporters – Starting earlier this week, there are 100 events around England covering topics such as the impact to supply chains, changes to regulations and contracts, where to find tariff information, and what companies might need to speak to customers/employees about. Attendees will leave the event with a personalised plan of actions to take to prepare for Brexit.

HxGN LOCAL Smart Manufacturing UK

HxGN LOCAL Smart Manufacturing UK

Hexagon Event to Focus on Future Manufacturing Trends and SMART Factories.

HxGN LOCAL Smart Manufacturing UK is a two-day event at The Belfry Hotel and Resort near Birmingham, to be held on the 1-2 October 2019. The event includes a variety of speakers addressing topics which are vital to UK manufacturers, such as automation, autonomous mobility, smart factories, the type of skills likely to be required in the future and the economy.

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10:00 – 11:00 Arrival and registration