Its Friday, so welcome to our weekly round-up of news and events for and about the manufacturing technology sector. We would encourage you to take a few minutes to check through the items as we are sure that there will be something that affects you and your company.
We start this week with a reminder that there is still time to register for the MTA Forecast Seminar which is being held on-line this year. It will be on Tuesday 20th October, from 1000 to 1200 and you can get more details and register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mta-forecast-seminar-2020-tickets-123490771221.
We also have to add an apology; last week we promised the details from the CE/UKCA mark webinar hosted by EAMA. However, we did not receive the recording of the webinar until yesterday (Thursday) - you can view this at https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/kjs5K09X0vYosknRYdrUHj7-G_7yH1GrywbrXcvax-a3yZDfn_I7UEDR9qE96K2shY9fJGUweXUOrzA.1KxHClRUO4oesjkF?autoplay=true&startTime=1602150616000 - and unfortunately, BEIS are refusing to release the slides that were used during the webinar (and they are not entirely clear on the recording). As a result, it will take quite a bit of work to produce a summary of the current situation, but we hope to include that in next week’s Friday Brief.
While on the theme of Brexit, there is a brief news story about the latest update of the Border Operating Model with a particular focus on the changes to the Intrastat data collections system. While many of the border operating issues will mainly affect freight forwarders - and we would recommend that you talk to your contractor to check on their plans to avoid disruption at the start of 2021 - there are implications in terms of paperwork, especially for companies that are importing goods from the EU won’t have had to deal with this before.
This week has seen a lot of activity on the Coronavirus situation and we have three items on this topic covering the new 3-tier system for England (and the equivalent arrangements in the devolved nations), the Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which ends on 31st October and the new Job Support Scheme (JSS) that will replace it.
We have negotiated with CBI to provide free of charge access (tickets are normally £550+VAT) to their annual conference at the start of November for MTA members and there are details of how to access this below.
There is also news of a variety of webinars being organised by MTA members, including:
- Citation have an event on managing employees with Covid-19
- Seiki Systems are running a session giving an introduction to planning and scheduling software
- Schunk’s webinar will show how to boost efficiency by reducing set-up times
Mission Motorsport, a charity that MTA has supported, have released details of how they plan to replace their usual Race of Remembrance this year and there are details of how you, either as an individual or a company, can get involved in the article below.
Other articles this week cover a range of topics including a consultation being run by the HSE on guidance for use of Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride) and how to get involved with the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator which is a national match funded programme looking to push forward and increase the adoption of new technologies by UK industry.
We also have details of two new reports issued by the Government’s Industrial Strategy Council on “Effective policy approaches to sectoral issues”. Also in the news this week, the Safety and Health in Engineering Partnership (SHEP) is holding a Workplace Stress webinar on 25th November 2020 and is looking to include a case study of an engineering SME that has successfully tackled work-related stress within their organisation.
Finally, it was a quite week for economic news with only the European industrial output data being released. This showed a slowing of growth in August although this may reflect a more concentrated holiday period that has not been fully accounted by the seasonal adjustment of the data.
So, from everyone in the MTA Team, can I wish you a safe and restful weekend and we will be back next Friday with more news and updates for MTA members.