Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
We are only 3 weeks’ away from the MTA Annual Dinner 2020, to be held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, and we still have a few tables up for grabs if you wish to attend. The Annual Dinner is a staple of the MTA calendar and great opportunity to bring manufacturing technology providers from across the UK together. If you’re interested in securing at table, please follow this link to the MTA website and find out more https://www.mta.org.uk/event/mta-annual-dinner-2020. Our team are waiting to take your call.
Over the last two MACH exhibitions (2016 and 2018) over 5000 students have attended the show and found out first-hand about the wonders of modern manufacturing. Students the length and breadth of the UK have come and had guided tours of the exhibition and taken part in ‘hands on’ activities. If you’re interested in getting schools in your area to attend the show, please get in touch with our Education and Development Manager Mike Falconer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Staying with MACH 2020, Social Media is an increasingly important place to get your messages heard, so check out the story below and find out how your company can engage with MACH across social media platforms.
We will be closing the MTA Business Survey for December on Monday but there is still time to file your return - the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-dec19 is still open. With thanks to those who have already replied, we hope that as many members as possible will take part this month.
There’s an opportunity for you if you would like to, quickly, find out about the potential benefits of 3D printing and hear about the range of technologies, applications and case studies it has been applied to. The Knowledge Transfer Network is starting a UK tour of presentations on 3D Printing, giving early morning sessions for firms wondering if the technologies could be relevant to them. Dates and registration links can be found in the story below.
The EU Green Deal is to integrate EU Industrial policy into the EU climate policy ambitions. Climate action is increasingly treated as an integral part of the EU's foreign and trade policy agenda. The European Commission promotes the notion of “climate neutrality” and zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Find out what this means for industry below.
Staying with Greener manufacturing the AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre are hosting an event on Sustainability: the 5th industrial revolution? on 12th February. At the event you will hear a range of views including HM Government, GKN, Factorylux, Textile Centre of Excellence and High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The Forum events cover a range of topics of relevance to manufacturing businesses, offering insight into current and emerging technologies and supply chain issues. More information and registration links can be found in the story below.
Both the UK and European output data were published this week and neither made particularly good reading. November was a weak month in the UK and, as a result, manufacturing output fell by -0.8% when comparing the latest 3 months with the same period immediately beforehand. The main problem seems to have been in the pharmaceutical industry (this is often quite volatile) but automotive also had a bad month with evidence that companies made plans to reduce activity in case of a no-deal Brexit at the end of October. In the Euro-zone, there was a marginal improvement in industrial production in November, but the level remains well below where it was a year earlier. Staying on the continent, Eurostat data suggests that business investment is just about on an upward trend if the very unusual figure for the 2nd quarter is ignored, but that profitability remains low by recent standards. The European Commission’s analysis of sentiment surveys showed that industry confidence in the Euro-zone was stable in December but weakened for the EU28 as a whole. Finishing back with UK figures, the ONS estimate for GDP shows growth of only +0.1% for the 3 months to November with that month itself showing a fall of -0.3%; this points to little or no growth being likely for the final quarter of the year - we will get this data in the 2nd week of February.
That’s it 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.