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Friday Brief

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

Last week the MTA’s Technical team attended the EUROPM 2019 congress and exhibition in Maastricht. We have a full report on what was on show below.

One EMO might have just finished but plans for the next edition in Milan are well underway. We have details on how you can exhibit and how you can get an early bird rate on booking within the Brief. EMO Milan takes place from October 4th to 9th 2021.

Smart Factory Expo takes place on 14th – 15th November at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool, if you are interested in attending, we have details on how you can secure your free pass to the event.

Quick-fire validation testing by engineers at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) helped put the UK’s largest manufacturer of magnetic material on the right path in finding a robot for automating some production processes.

On Tuesday 10th December 2019, at Factory 2050, Sheffield the University of Sheffield, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Faculty of Engineering will host a Digital Twin Research Workshop. If this is something that interests you we have full details on how to attend the event below.

Do you need to get an idea of where in the country your customers are located?  The ONS analysis of their business register that shows the numbers of companies by activity, size and location might be of use to you.  There is more detail in the article below.  Also, this week, members can access the latest notification about recipients of regional grants in Scotland (the only part of the UK to have a proper scheme at the moment) via the link to this in the article below.

Also, don’t forget that the documents and presentations from our Forecast Seminar are available for all MTA members to download from our web-site at https://www.mta.org.uk/members-area/mta-forecast-documents; as this is a valued member service, you will need your username and password to access these files.

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.

Digital Twin Research Workshop

Digital Twin Research Workshop

When:  Tuesday 10th December 2019

​Where:  Factory 2050, Sheffield

A Digital Twin Research Workshop is being held on 10th 2019 in Sheffield.

The workshop, hosted jointly by University of Sheffield, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Faculty of Engineering, will be held in the new Factory 2050 on the Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Park, (Europa Ave, Sheffield S9 1ZA).

MTA at EUROPM 2019

MTA at EUROPM 2019

The MTA’s technical team attended the EUROPM 2019 congress and exhibition held last week in Maastricht.

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is one of the main industries that is growing rapidly, it was great to see some of the MTA’s members participating. Members in attendance included Siemens Industry Software, Sandvik Osprey Ltd – Powder Group, European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) and Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). International, local experts and students had the opportunity to share their views, case studies and projects-based on subjects such as:

EMO Milano 2021

EMO Milano 2021

The next EMO will be held in Milan from October 4 to 9, 2021 and you might have seen that the promotion already started during EMO Hannover.

In order to support of the event promotion please see below for the exhibiting brochure. 

For your information the application forms will be available for the online registration and dispatched by mail in September 2020. The deadline for registering will be December 1, 2020. An “Early Bird” rate will be available for all registrations received within the deadline.

Smart Factory Expo

Smart Factory Expo

The leaders driving the UK’s digital manufacturing revolution are coming to Liverpool on 13-14 November for Smart Factory Expo. Will you be there too? The MTA will be....

As a member of the UK's manufacturing leadership community, you qualify for a complimentary pass to the country's biggest digital manufacturing showcase, where you'll explore game-changing case studies, engage with world-class exhibitors and discover innovative start-ups.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Business; activity, size and location 2019:  At the heart of all the surveys that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out is a business register; this allows them to make estimates for the whole economy based on a sample of companies.  While this is not a publicly available document in terms of names and contacts, the ONS does publish an analysis each year of the number of businesses by their industry, size (employment and turnover bands) and location (region, country, local authority and parliamentary constituency).

Brexit raises new challenges

Brexit raises new challenges

A huge week for the UK has raised new Brexit issues and we would welcome feedback from members.  Jack Semple, secretary of the Engineering and Machinery Alliance, who is covering for Paul O’Donnell over the next month, looks at the issues for business.

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill passed its 2nd reading in a rare Saturday sitting of the Commons – meaning that it could pass to the next stage.  MPs rejected an attempt to curtail the timetable for debate and the Bill can be subjected to intense scrutiny and to amendment. 

Budget Day November 6th

Budget Day November 6th

– MTA urges tax reform

MTA has responded to the announcement that Autumn Budget Day will be on Wednesday, November 6th.  Chief executive James Selka has written to the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, to reprise policies we would like him to adopt. These include setting the Annual Investment Allowance at £1 million on a permanent basis, rather than as a temporary measure, and raising the rate at which the writing down allowance is set for digital technologies.

Inward investment assessments are inadequate, government admits

Inward investment assessments are inadequate, government admits

The government has conceded that the way it assesses inward investment trends is inadequate and has committed to working with the Office of Nation al Statistics to address shortcomings.  It made the admissions in a response last week to a report by the House of Commons’ international trade committee, which highlighted the problem.

But committee chair Angus Brendan MacNeil said the government has completely ignored the committee’s request that it address investment that is ‘driven by aggressive asset-stripping or tax avoidance’.