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Friday Brief

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.

MANAGING EMPLOYEES WITH COVID - FREE GUIDE FOR MTA MEMBERS

MANAGING EMPLOYEES WITH COVID - FREE GUIDE FOR MTA MEMBERS

MTA Associate Member Citation has produced a free guide for MTA members on how to managing employees with COVID symptoms or who’ve tested positive.

As COVID cases continue to rise, making sure you know exactly what to do should an employee present coronavirus symptoms is vital to protecting your business and people.  Although many organisations are now set up for their teams to work from home to minimise the risk of infection in the workplace, there are many that can’t facilitate this arrangement.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - JOB SUPPORT SCHEME

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - JOB SUPPORT SCHEME

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictions.  While this is unlikely to affect MTA members unless there is a move to a much more widespread lockdown, there is some information as to how the scheme will work which will, presumably, also apply to those using the JSS to support part-tine working.

The following are some edited bullet points, taking out those references that specifically apply to the extended scheme:

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - JOB RETENTION SCHEME

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - JOB RETENTION SCHEME

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) comes to an end on 31st October and 30th November 2020 is the last day you can submit claims for periods ending on or before 31st October 2020.  After this date you will not be able to submit any further claims or add to existing claims.  There is more information about doing that at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/calculate-how-much-you-can-claim-using-the-c....

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NEW ALERT LEVELS

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NEW ALERT LEVELS

The “live” news on Covid-19 this week has, of course, been the announcement of the new 3-tier system by the Prime Minister on Monday with the subsequent controversy around whether certain areas should be in Tier 3 (very high).  The main implications for business are around the hospitality sector (and it soften forgotten supply chain) and won’t have much bearing on MTA members other than the general advice to work from home if you can and to ensure that work places are operating in a Covid-secure way.  It is interesting that the advice around continuing to operate is missing from the details

BREXIT UPDATE - BORDER OPERATING MODEL & INTRASTAT PROCEDURES

BREXIT UPDATE - BORDER OPERATING MODEL & INTRASTAT PROCEDURES

This week, the EAMA webinar was on the topic of the new Border Operating Model - in essence, how the UK is going to operate its border with the European Union although, ironically, it excludes the only land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  Again we will bring you the details from this next week once we have had a chance to process all the information but there are a couple of areas where we do have some information.

MADE SMARTER TECHNOLOGY ACCELERATOR - OPPORTUNITY TO GET INVOLVED

MADE SMARTER TECHNOLOGY ACCELERATOR - OPPORTUNITY TO GET INVOLVED

The Made Smarter Technology Accelerator is a national match funded programme looking to push forward and increase the adoption of new technologies by UK industry.  It is being delivered by the Digital Catapult and funded by UKRI through the Industry Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).  The programme is looking to work with both UK manufacturers and the UK’s leading digital technology innovation community with the aim of developing cutting edge technology solutions to manufacturing industry challenges.  The manufacturing industry challenges will be set within five core themes, as follows:

INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY COUNCIL

INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY COUNCIL

The Government’s Industrial Strategy Council is tasked with providing impartial and expert evaluation of the government’s progress in delivering the aims of the Industrial Strategy.  It is an independent advisory group led by Andy Haldane, the Chief Economist at the Bank of England, and comprised of leading men and women from business, academia and civil society.

WORKPLACE STRESS WEBINAR - CASE STUDY NEEDED

WORKPLACE STRESS WEBINAR - CASE STUDY NEEDED

The Safety and Health in Engineering Partnership (SHEP) will be hosting a Workplace Stress webinar on 25th November 2020 which is designed to help SMEs effectively identify and take measures to reduce work-related stress - this is particularly important given the current circumstances we all find ourselves in.

The session will include a speaker from the Health and Safety Executive’s Stress Policy Team and the organisers would also like to include a case study of an engineering SME that has successfully tackled work-related stress within their organisation.

WEBINAR: BOOST YOUR EFFICIENCY

WEBINAR: BOOST YOUR EFFICIENCY

MTA Member SCHUNK understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time.  To make things a little easier, they are offering a free webinar to help you boost your revenue by reducing machining costs.  They will share over 75 years of experience in reducing machining setup time in their upcoming webinar which will help anyone look into reducing production costs.  You can join SCHUNK on 29th October at 2pm to hear from their experts on simple, effective and value for money ways to reduce setup time for machining.

Economic News

Economic News

Euro-zone Industrial Production, August 2020:  Data released this week by Eurostat saw a slowing of the growth rate compared to the previous couple of months;  although this is seasonally adjusted, there may still be an element of the holiday season behind this.  Total industrial production in the Euro-zone was +0.7% higher than in July with growth on the same basis of +1.0% for the whole of the EU.  However, compared to a year earlier (August 2019), output was -7.2% lower in the Euro-zone and down by -6.2% for the EU.