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Friday Brief

Good morning from everyone in the MTA team.  Unusually for recent months, there is not much news around Coronavirus to bring you other than to note that different regions of the country are being affected by local lockdowns but which all seem to have slightly different rules.  There have also been some changes in the countries both in and out of the quarantine-free travel list - you can find the list for England at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors?utm_source=b927aabc-5651-4b13-a899-9b5de8fa7b25&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate.

However, we still have a wide variety of stories to keep you up to date with news and events in a number of areas and this is led by the other hot topic at the moment which is, of course, Brexit where we have an update on the status of various trade deals;  the agreement with Japan is awaiting ratification by their parliament but should be in place by the end of this year when we leave the EU-Japan Partnership.  There is also news about the UK wanting to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the importance for the European automotive industry of a UK-EU trade deal being concluded.

The UK Government is working on a Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) which should be announced in the budget later in the Autumn and MTA wrote to the Chancellor this week setting out the need to support the manufacturing sector as it recovers from the Coronavirus outbreak and faces the end of the Brexit transition period.

We have details of webinars being put on by MTA members:

  • Atlantic Technologies have an event on 24th September to demonstrate their Salesforce and Tableau products.
  • GOM UK have two webinars on 22nd and 29th September looking at how industrial 3D metrology helps to ensure quality and identify potential advancements in plastics technology.
  • Cranfield University is launching a Manufacturing Technology and Management MSc course in January 2021 and is holding a webinar about the course on 19th October.

Also this week, Cranfield University has announced their Manufacturing and Materials Week event which kicks off on Monday 30th November;  this will be a mix of live debates, lectures, workshops and pre-recorded videos, looking at the challenges the industry faces right now, as well as how we must adapt and innovate to support future global challenges.

There is a reminder that UK companies can still access funding in EU projects and, specifically, the SME Instruments scheme to provide pan-European advanced manufacturing assistance and training for SMEs.

The economic news this week is led by the Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to hold interest rates at 0.1% and the report from the Bank’s Agents that highlights the problems in the automotive, aerospace and oil & gas extraction sectors as we go through the recovery.  We also take a look at the European industrial production numbers for July which continue to show a recovery which still has a long way to run before pre-Coronavirus levels are reached and the latest numbers on the US market for manufacturing technology and cutting tools.  There is also a note about the regional grants scheme that still operates in Scotland.

Finally this week, we report that MTA was a signatory on a recent letter sent to the Secretary of State by BSI proposing the creation of a government expert advisory group on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).  We also highlight the new EAMA (Engineering and Machinery Alliance) web-site.

We will be back next Friday with more news for the manufacturing technology industry and its customers.  Have a great weekend and stay safe.

BREXIT UPDATE - TRADE DEALS

BREXIT UPDATE - TRADE DEALS

Japan trade deal to be the UK’s first:  Negotiators have largely agreed the terms of a free trade agreement with Japan, which is expected to be the first deal done by the UK since Brexit.  The deal is expected to be signed within weeks (once it has been approved by the Japanese Parliament, at which point it is expected to be published (with a full impact assessment), and ratified.

SURFACE ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP FORUM (SELF): APPRENTICESHIP STANDARDS

SURFACE ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP FORUM (SELF): APPRENTICESHIP STANDARDS

Cranfield University is launching a Manufacturing Technology and Management MSc course in January 2021 which will satisfy the requirements of the Level 7 Materials Process Engineer apprenticeship standard that SELF has contributed to over the past two years.

Details of the course are on the Cranfield web-site at https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/materials-process-engineer-masters-degree-apprenticeship and the brochure is available below.

NEW EAMA WEB-SITE

NEW EAMA WEB-SITE

This week, EAMA (the Engineering and Machinery Alliance of which MTA is a member) launched its new web-site at http://www.eama.info/.  The redesign aims to give a clean, modern look that works well both on computer screens and also mobile phones.

From the home page you can click through and access information on a variety of policy position papers that EAMA and its members have published.

GOM UK PLASTICS WEBINARS 2020

GOM UK PLASTICS WEBINARS 2020

Member GOM shows worldwide how precise industrial 3D metrology helps to ensure quality and identify potential advancements in plastics technology.  They are running a series of informative webinars covering how experts within the plastics industry can use metrology to optimise their production processes.  In plastics process chains, 3D metrology supports and accelerates almost all areas: from determining material behaviour via toolmaking, up to series accompanying production control and trend analyses.

SME INSTRUMENT GRANT FUNDING

SME INSTRUMENT GRANT FUNDING

The ”SMEs Instrument” grants are a European Union scheme to provide substantial funding to support SMEs in the last stages of development and supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth.  The SME Instrument is for innovators with ground-breaking concepts that could shape new markets or disrupt existing ones in Europe and worldwide, especially in the framework of the Industry 4.0 revolution, and the uptake of advanced manufacturing technologies and systems.

MTA SUPPORTS BSI LETTER TO GOVERNMENT

MTA SUPPORTS BSI LETTER TO GOVERNMENT

The MTA was a signatory on a recent letter sent to the Secretary of State by BSI - you can download the letter below.  The letter proposed the creation of a government expert advisory group on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).

The letter highlighted that today many challenges faced by UK businesses in exporting to overseas markets are linked to Technical Barriers to Trade, such as regulatory issues arising from the imposition of national standards, testing and certification.

MANUFACTURING AND MATERIALS WEEK AT CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

MANUFACTURING AND MATERIALS WEEK AT CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

Cranfield University is excited to announce that it will be holding a week-long Manufacturing and Materials event later this year.  The virtual event, kicking off on Monday 30th November, promises to be bigger and more wide-reaching than previous events, bringing together industry professionals from all over the world to celebrate manufacturing and look ahead at the industry's role in a post-Covid world.

ECONOMIC NEWS

ECONOMIC NEWS

Bank of England Agents' Summary of Business Conditions - 2020 Q3:  The headline from the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee meeting this week was their warning that the rising rate of coronavirus infections and a lack of clarity over the UK's future trade relationship with the EU could threaten the economic recovery.  While they noted that much of output lost during lockdown had been recovered, the outlook remained "unusually uncertain".  Citing this uncertainty, the Bank held interest rates at 0.1% and added that it would continue its monetary support for the econom