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Friday Brief

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

As companies really start ramping up their activity as the Coronavirus begins to recede, BSI has just released version 1 of their safe working guidelines for UK companies. The guidelines provide a framework for companies looking to create a safe working environment for their employees during the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines provide information on: planning one-way systems and actions to mitigate the risks where this is not possible; Implementing processes to stagger arrival and departure times to reduce crowding at entry and exit points; how to check how effective safety measures and controls are - as well as actions to take to improve or change them if they aren’t effective. The Guidelines are downloadable from the story below.

The UK Government this week published regulations introducing a 14 Day Quarantine Period for those entering the UK. The introduction of quarantine was a feature of discussions at the start of the pandemic but the announcement a couple of weeks ago that it was to be introduced on the 8th of June was something of a surprise; industry and other stakeholders were not consulted and we have expressed serious concerns about the plans. Find out full details in the story below.

The Government has put out clarification around the use of 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing technologies for the manufacture of medical devices and PPE. They are not new guidelines and will come as no surprise to any manufacturer who was involved in medical equipment before the crisis – rather they seem to be aimed at new entrants into the market who might not be fully aware of the need to comply with safety regulations for these products. See the story below for full details of this.

We also have further updates on the Government’s Covid-19 Apprenticeships guidance, published against a backdrop of likely falls in recruitment.

On Thursday 18 June, at 9am, the Department for Education and the Strategic Development Network are hosting a webinar for employers, giving an update on industry placements and T Levels, how they might contribute to workforce development and detailing the support now available for employers looking to offer Industry Placements.

John Patsavellas of Cranfield University, and a long-time friend of the MTA, and Dr Oke Okorie from Exeter University are working together to gather and distil the “lessons learnt” from the experiences of the manufacturing sector during the pandemic. Please see below and take a few minutes to answer the questionnaire and help with the research.

The latest edition of the MTA Business Survey is now open for your input via the web-page at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-may20 - we would encourage members to take a couple of minutes to participate, fast feedback is so important in times like these.

The May results for the manufacturing sector across the 25 countries and 2 regions that we track mostly showed an improvement on the April figures but remain deep in negative territory.  Only 4 countries saw a further decline in their PMI reading in May while China, reflecting its earlier position in the crisis, was the only country to register above the crucial 50 level.  However, this has highlighted a new conundrum in the PMI data and especially in the output element;  most countries reported a further fall in output which is strange given that April was so bad but in at least some places and there had been an element of re-opening in May that does not seem to have been picked up in the month-on-month change reports that make up the PMI.

Our colleagues at Oxford Economics have just released their latest round of forecasts for the UK economy and its industrial sectors.  In general this is a little weaker than we had anticipated when we released our new forecasts for the machine tool and cutting tool markets at the end of April but not yet at the full downside scenario.  You can access the slide pack through the story section this week and we add some notes in the article to read alongside the pictures.

We round up the other economic news from May, covering manufacturing output and GDP figures for both the UK and Europe, the results of the CBI Industrial Trends Survey and the European Commission’s Economic Sentiment Index, the latest indicators on the US market for manufacturing technology and cutting tools and the data-pack for the Contract Price Adjustment Service that we subscribe to on behalf of MTA members.

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

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Manufacturing Output, March 2020:  The most recent set of output data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) completes the picture for the 1st quarter of the year;  of course, most of this was before the Covid-19 lockdown occurred towards the end of March but there were already some signs of weakness.  The main headline was that manufacturing output fell by -1.7% compared to the 4th quarter of 2019 and by -6.0% over the level of a year earlier (Q1-19).

Quarantine Regulations Published

Quarantine Regulations Published

The UK Government this week published regulations introducing a 14 Day Quarantine Period for those entering the UK. The introduction of quarantine was a feature of discussions at the start of the pandemic but the announcement a couple of weeks ago that it was to be introduced on the 8th of June was something of a surprise; industry and other stakeholders were not consulted and we have expressed serious concerns about the plans.

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing in the Covid 19 Crisis

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing in the Covid 19 Crisis

At the time, a few weeks ago, when medical shortages were very much in the news there were a number of stories about people and organisations putting 3D Printers to use, particularly in making PPE. It was really encouraging to see the adaptability of the technology and the ingenuity of those using it. However, with the most pressing shortages seemingly past, Government has put out clarification around the use of 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing technologies for the manufacture of medical devices and PPE.

BSI Safe Working Guidelines

BSI Safe Working Guidelines

BSI has recently released version 1 of their safe working guidelines for UK companies. The guidelines provide a framework for companies looking to create a safe working environment for their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As an example the guidelines provide information on the following areas:

Webinar – Industry Placements and T-Levels

Webinar – Industry Placements and T-Levels

The advent of T-Levels has raised many questions from MTA Members, many of whom are invested in traditional apprenticeships, the key topic of conversation has centred particularly on the effective provision of T-Level Industry Placements.

Over the last two years, many employers have acted as trailblazers for T-Levels and have been offering industry placements described by the DfE as “an extended period of structured time that a student spends in the workplace, developing real skills and making a meaningful contribution to the organisation”

Survey - “Pivoting” of the Manufacturing sector in response to the pandemic

Survey - “Pivoting” of the Manufacturing sector in response to the pandemic

John Patsavellas of Cranfield University, and a long-time friend of the MTA, and Dr Oke Okorie from Exeter University are working together to gather and distil the “lessons learnt” from the experiences of the manufacturing sector during the pandemic, which included some excellent and altruistic examples of response to the national “call to arms” for ventilators, face-shields and other products and services in need.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

The MTA Business Survey for May is still open and while ther4 has been an encouraging response it is always good to get more, especially in these challenging business conditions.  The on-line form available at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-may20 and, with thanks to those who have responded already, we hope that as many MTA members as possible will take a couple of minutes to participate.

PURCHASING MANAGERS’ INDEX

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PURCHASING MANAGERS’ INDEX

The May reading of the UK Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for manufacturing showed an improvement from the very low level in April (32.6) but at 40.7 it still indicates a significant contraction in activity in the sector.  Alongside this, the output element of the index continues to fall sharply and while at first glance this is understandable, it highlights a conundrum in the way that the PMI is calculated.

UK MACRO AND INDUSTRY FORECAST UPDATE

UK MACRO AND INDUSTRY FORECAST UPDATE

Our colleagues at Oxford Economics (OE) have updated their forecasts for the UK economy and for the major industry groups.  This update also includes some analysis of the regional economy although this is very high level and of little direct relevance to MTA members.  The slide pack from this update can be downloaded from the MTA web-site Members Area at https://www.mta.org.uk/members-area/mta-forecast-documents and we offer the following notes to help explain the charts.