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Friday Brief

Hello from everyone at the MTA;  it has been another busy week for the Team and there is lots of news to bring you.

Before we get into this week’s articles, an advance warning that we will be sending an MTA Members News e-mail early next week (hopefully on Monday) with the outputs from the EAMA Webinar on the transition from the CE mark to the new UKCA mark - please look out for this as it will contain important information for any MTA members whose products require CE marking and there are important changes especially for UK importers.  While on the subject of Brexit, we have news this week on the recent update to the Border Operating Model, including details of a webinar on this topic that MTA members can access, and important information on how to deal with transfers of personal data with the EU post-transition.

Here at MTA we are putting the finishing touches to our new industry specific forecasts which we will be launching at our on-line seminar on Tuesday 20th October - please click on the story below for more details and a link for registration.

The economic news this week is led by the manufacturing output data that came out this morning.  On most measures, the pace of growth slowed in August and activity remains below both the levels seen at the same time last year and in the comparison between August and the pre-pandemic month of February.  Our article below explores this at a sector and industry level as well as taking a look at the GDP data for the whole economy.  We also have a quick update on the PMI figures with the final data released on Monday and we take a look at the investment and profitability data for the Euro-zone.

We are delighted to welcome a new Associate Member to MTA in the form of Keltie LLP and you can find out more about them, including a discount on their IP services, in the article below.  We also have news from other MTA members in the form of a webinar from GOM UK on the topic of metrology solutions for casting & foundry, webinars from the AMRC on cross-sector supply chain collaboration and on sustainable manufacturing and news from NPL on how MTA members can access their new Measurement for Recovery (M4R) programme.

The MTA Business Survey for September is still open and you can submit your data via the web-site at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-sep20.  The new bi-annual survey for the additive manufacturing community is also still active and the form for this is at www.mta.org.uk/additive-manufacturing-trend-survey.

Details of registration for EMO 2021, which will be held in Milan from 4th to 9th October 2021, are now available, including how to claim the “early-bird” rate which is open until 1st December 2020.

We have a piece by Jack Semple, Secretary of EAMA, looking at the speech given by Boris Johnson to the virtual Conservative Party Conference earlier this week, focusing mainly on the green agenda elements of what he had to say.

Finally this week, there is a good news story as we report on the results of the London Play charity’s Together-A-Kart 2020 competition which was held across three venues in August.  MTA was one of the sponsors of this event which brought go-kart building and racing direct to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in these challenging times.

With a final reminder to look out for the special bulletin early next week with more information about the transition between the CE mark and the UKCA mark, we will sign off by sending best wishes from all at the MTA team for a good weekend.

AMRC WEBINARS

AMRC WEBINARS

We have received details from the AMRC of two webinars that are coming up.

Cross-sector supply chain collaboration - Building on the Ventilator Challenge (webinar):  This is being held on Tuesday 20th October 2020 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.  The webinar will explore how the Ventilator Challenge accelerated innovation in unprecedented ways, demonstrating how supply chains from various sectors can work together more effectively and respond rapidly to changing customer demand.

ECONOMIC NEWS

ECONOMIC NEWS

UK Manufacturing Output, August 2020:  The headline from the latest data for manufacturing output from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows growth of +11.3% in the latest 3 months (June, July and August) compared to the previous 3 months (March, April and May).

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY AND EUROPEAN AM SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY AND EUROPEAN AM SURVEY

The MTA Business Survey for September remains open and while we have had a good response already, we would encourage MTA members to participate in this survey to help us build a good overview of activity levels in the industry.  There is an on-line form available at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-sep20 or if you would prefer a word version, please contact Geoff Noon at MTA (e-mail:  gnoon@mta.org.uk).

SPEECH BY BORIS JOHNSON

SPEECH BY BORIS JOHNSON

Jack Semple, Secretary of the Engineering & Machinery Alliance (EAMA) of which MTA is a member, has reflected on the upbeat speech given by the Prime Minister earlier in the week to the Conservative Party’s virtual conference this week and goes back to the manifesto for the 2019 general election to connect the policy to the current situation.

BREXIT UPDATE - USING PERSONAL DATA

BREXIT UPDATE - USING PERSONAL DATA

The UK has left the EU and the transition period will end on 31 December 2020.  If you are a UK business or organisation that receives personal data from the EU or EEA, you may need to take extra steps to ensure that the data can continue to flow legally as we transition to our new relationship with the EU in January 2021.

BREXIT UPDATE - BORDER OPERATING MODEL

BREXIT UPDATE - BORDER OPERATING MODEL

The UK government has published an updated Border Operating Model (BOM), which sets out the new arrangements for customs and border controls from January 2021.  The Brexit Transition Period ends at the end of this year and some new requirements will come into effect immediately, others in stages.

The updated BOM maps out intended locations of inland border infrastructure, including new lorry holding areas for carrying out checks on freight.

LONDON PLAY - TOGETHER-A-KART 2020

LONDON PLAY - TOGETHER-A-KART 2020

Due to the pandemic the London Play charity weren’t able to run their usual large event, so instead they worked with children in ‘bubbles’ at three playgrounds ensuring a fair geographical spread across London; Arc in the Park - Newham, Pearson Street Adventure Playground - Hackney and Waterloo Living Space - Southwark.

CaSE ANNUAL LECTURE 2020

CaSE ANNUAL LECTURE 2020

The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) Annual Lecture 2020 will be given by the new Chief Executive of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, on the research and innovation system: fuelling an inclusive knowledge economy.  The lecture will take place on Thursday 5th November and due to Covid-19, this year's lecture will take place online - guests will be welcomed from 3.30pm with the event commencing promptly at 4pm.

NPL MEASUREMENT FOR RECOVERY

NPL MEASUREMENT FOR RECOVERY

NPL is the UK's National Metrology Institute, with responsibilities that include developing and maintaining the national primary measurement standards.  NPL is part of the National Measurement System (NMS) which provides the UK with a national measurement infrastructure and delivers the UK Measurement Strategy on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).