Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
MACH 2020 is the ideal platform for industry and academia to come together to share new ideas and solutions to move manufacturing forward. We’re pleased to launch the extensive seminar programme that will be part of the exhibition. You will be able to hear from some of the leading minds in the fields of manufacturing and advanced engineering. The full listing of the seminars and registration to attend them, can be found over at https://www.machexhibition.com/visit/seminar-programme.
Staying with MACH 2020, the MMMA will be hosting their specialist Metalworking Village within the exhibition, providing a fantastic opportunity for their members to show off their skills, services and technologies to visitors across UK manufacturing. Find out more in the story below.
Don’t forget to invite your customers and register your staff to attend this year’s show, taking place from 20th – 24th April at the NEC in Birmingham. Register here https://www.machexhibition.com/visit/visitor-registration#/.
Yesterday, a report launched by the Manufacturing Commission, the research arm of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Manufacturing, which is chaired by Lord Bilimoria and supported by the MTA, called for further government action to level up manufacturing at a local and regional level. Find out more and read the report below.
The Minister for Business and Industry says technologies being developed by the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) are crucial to reducing the environmental impact of air travel and enabling the government to reach its target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Nadhim Zahawi MP made the comments during a speech at AMRC Cymru in Broughton where he also called the UK the ‘home of innovation and enterprise in aerospace’. Find out the full story within the Brief.
The latest CBI survey showed an easing of the negative trends for both orders and output which suggests that there may have been some improvement since the Election, but we are still some way off declaring a recovery. The Economic Sentiment Index produced by the European Commission also showed an improvement (for the 2nd month running) but the industrial confidence element of this, although better, remains by far the weakest of the 5 sectors that they cover. The US market for manufacturing technology ended last year with a fall of -17% compared to 2018, although that was an excellent year, so the overall level is not a disaster (we don’t yet have the equivalent tooling data). Finally, this week, we have the CELIMO State of Trade Report available to download - this gives an overview of the European economy and the market trends for machine tools and cutting tools.
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.