Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
The Business Department has set out details of how it proposes to move forward with its Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, aimed at decarbonising industry, and the Green policy agenda is set to become more important in 2020.
Milan is to welcome the next edition of EMO, the world machine tool exhibition, alternately hosted in Italy and Germany and considered as the leading trade show for the operators of the world manufacturing industry. Promoted by CECIMO, the European Association of Machine Tool Industries, EMO MILANO 2021 will take place at fieramilano Rho from 4 to 9 October. Find out more in the story below.
Staying in Milan from 14 to 17 October 2020, fieramilano Rho will be the stage for the 32nd edition of BI-MU, the most important Italian exhibition dedicated to the industry of metal forming and metal cutting machine tools, additive and digital manufacturing, robots and automation, enabling technologies and subcontracting. It is the only trade show in Italy related to the sector that has a real international appeal.
MTA members Renishaw and Sandvik Additive Manufacturing are collaborating to qualify new additive manufacturing (AM) materials for production applications. This encompasses a broad range of metal powders, including new alloy compositions that are optimised for the laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) process and which provide superior material properties. Find out more within the Brief.
More than 100 young woman from across the Sheffield City Region have now been shown the huge potential of a career in engineering thanks to the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s (AMRC) #AMRCtribe campaign.
We take a global tour this week with the economic news, starting at home with the latest CBI survey results which showed an improvement in the orders situation, although the previous month had been so low that something better was almost inevitable and they note that output continues to fall at a significant pace. The latest GDP data for Europe showed a continuation of modest growth for both the Euro-zone and the EU28; perhaps the most important part of this data is that both Germany and the UK (which had been the only economies to contract in the 2nd period of the year) saw growth in Q3 and, thus, avoided a recession being called. In the US, we continue to see a decline in orders for machinery in 2019, although it is worth remembering that 2018, and August and September in particular, were very strong; demand for cutting tools still looks to have flattened-off at a high level. Finally, back in the UK we take a look at the trade data for the 3rd quarter which showed a narrowing of the deficit thanks to exports growing by more than imports.
That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news and views, until then have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.