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FRIDAY BRIEF

Welcome to this week’s packed edition of the MTA Friday Brief – please take a few minutes to check through our stories this week as, given the wide range of items, there is bound to be something of interest to you, even if it is only to find out who you can meet and where over Christmas.

In a week that has generated a number of headlines, we lead this week with information on the new tier structure which will apply in England from next Wednesday and there are links to guide you to the official advice on what you can do and where you can do it as well as the arrangements for the easing of restrictions over Christmas.  In a separate Coronavirus article, there is information about making deferred VAT payments.

We also have a couple of items on Brexit this week with a general article covering new and updated guidance items including notes on product safety and intellectual property, with the other article being some specific information around the use of pallets which will affect some members.  On the subject of Brexit, MTA has a two webinars over the next couple of weeks on the new immigration system and trading with the EU - you can find details of these on the MTA events page at https://www.mta.org.uk/events.

This leads us neatly into news of a webinar from CELIMO next Friday (4th December) - this will look at the current economic and industrial situation in Europe and the link to join the meeting is in the article below.  This is one of a range of webinars and on-line presentations that we are covering this week which include the CECIMO Additive Manufacturing European Conference, a demonstration day being run by the MTC for their POWDERCLEANSE technology in Additive Manufacturing and an EU Exit Event being run by Make UK.

We had a technical glitch with the link on our item last week about the webinar on dealing with work-related stress being organised by the Safety and Health in Engineering Partnership (SHEP);  we have now fixed this and it can be accessed via the article which we have included again this week.

The other major national news topic this week was, of course, the Government’s Spending Review.  We have summarised the main topics that will affect business but there were a wide range of announcements so we have also included some notes prepared by EAMA and between us we think that this covers everything of relevance to readers from industry.

The other economic news this week was limited to the latest results of the CBI Industrial Trends Survey and the final data on UK R&D spending in 2019 which is led by the pharmaceutical and engineering industries.

We have updated the MTA Standards Booklet - this gives pointers to the BSI committees that MTA is represented on and the work that is going on across the standards field.  Also on the technical theme, there is news this week of an ESPRC Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Proposal for research into how we maximise the value of manufacturing and manufactured assets through their entire life.

Finally, we also have details of the new EU Trade Portal that will take on extra importance for UK companies when the transition period has ended, information about the Substances of Concern (SCIP) database which the EU is adopting in the new year and which will affect some members companies exporting there and we highlight the new Made Smarter Adoption Report.

So, until we return next month (next Friday of course!), we hope you stay safe as England emerges from its month long lockdown - have a good weekend.

BREXIT UPDATE - WOODEN PALLETS

BREXIT UPDATE - WOODEN PALLETS

From 1 January 2021 all wood packaging material (WPM) moving between the UK and the EU must meet ISPM15 international standards by undergoing heat treatment and marking.  All WPM may (or probably will) be subject to official checks either upon or after entry to the EU.  Checks on WPM will continue to be carried out in the UK on a risk-targeted basis only but it is not expected that the plant health risk from WPM imported from the EU will change from 1st January 2021.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - FINANCIAL ISSUES

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - FINANCIAL ISSUES

Paying Deferred VAT

You can pay now or get ready to opt in to the VAT deferral new payment scheme.  If you deferred VAT between 20 March and 30 June 2020 and still have payments to make, you can:

  • pay the deferred VAT in full on or before 31 March 2021;
  • opt in to the VAT deferral new payment scheme when it launches in 2021;
  • contact HMRC if you need more help to pay.

To check how to pay your deferred VAT, go to https://www.gov.uk/pay-vat.

MTA STANDARDS BOOKLET - NOVEMBER 2020 EDITION

MTA STANDARDS BOOKLET - NOVEMBER 2020 EDITION

The new and updated edition of the MTA Standards Booklet is available to download below (you can also find it at https://www.mta.org.uk/standards-information).  It gives details of:

  • The BSI committees the MTA attends on behalf of the industry
  • The standards under revision in each committee
  • The development stage of each standard under revision.

This document is updated and distributed every 3 months.

EU TRADE TOOLS

EU TRADE TOOLS

There are two topics in this heading that will help companies trading between the UK and the EU after the end of the transition period.

EU trade portal

This provides a starting point for information that companies need for both exporting from the EU and importing into the EU.  It gives product-by-product information for all EU countries and for more than 120 export markets around the world on:

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING EUROPEAN CONFERENCE

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING EUROPEAN CONFERENCE

CECIMO, the European grouping for machine tool manufacturers associations, invites you to the 2020 edition of the Additive Manufacturing European Conference (AMEC), taking place online on 2nd December 2020 from 11:00 to 12:30 (CET).

The conference will bring together senior industrialists and Members of the European Parliament to discuss the future of AM.  The speakers will engage with a diverse audience representing a variety of industrial sectors from all over Europe.

SHEP WORK-RELATED STRESS WEBINAR

SHEP WORK-RELATED STRESS WEBINAR

The SHEP (Safety and Health in Engineering Partnership) work-related stress webinar 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.

According to the Labour Force Survey there were 17.9 million working days lost to work-related stress, anxiety and depression in 2019/20.  The SHEP work-related stress webinar will cover what work-related stress is, the symptoms and the actions your business can take to address it, followed by a Q&A session.

MAKE UK EU EXIT EVENT

MAKE UK EU EXIT EVENT

With the transition period set to end on 31st December, you are warmly invited to an exclusive and free conference Preparing Manufacturers for EU Exit: Trade and Immigration, which is being hosted by our colleagues at Make UK (MTA are Affiliate Members of Make UK).

MADE SMARTER MANUFACTURING REPORT

MADE SMARTER MANUFACTURING REPORT

Made Smarter is a programme backed by world-renowned businesses and the UK government which aims to connect makers to the digital tools that can transform everyday business operations.  It is delivered by the Growth Company in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, North West Local Enterprise Partnerships and North West Growth Hubs.

POWDERCLEANSE DEMONSTRATION DAY

POWDERCLEANSE DEMONSTRATION DAY

MTA member, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) are running a webinar on 3rd December (1030 to 1200) to demonstrate the benefits of using the newly developed POWDERCLEANSE technology in Additive Manufacturing.

POWDERCLEANSE technology, is a self-optimising sieving and recycling process for metal powder used in Additive Manufacturing series production, particularly in the manufacturing of safety critical, high value components.

Hosted virtually, using an interactive online platform, you will have the opportunity to:

ESPRC INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY CHALLENGE FUND PROPOSAL

ESPRC INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY CHALLENGE FUND PROPOSAL

Four Universities - Cranfield University, City University London, University of Nottingham and University of Exeter - have come together to apply to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) for funding of collaborative industrial/academic research into how we maximise the value of manufacturing and manufactured assets through their entire life.

ECONOMIC NEWS

ECONOMIC NEWS

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, November 2020:  The latest results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) suggests a dip in activity in “November” (but note that data collection was from 26 October to 12 November so the trends probably don’t have much indication from November).  Both total and export order books deteriorated a little from the October level and they remain well below the long-run average level.

UK GOVERNMENT SPENDING REVIEW

UK GOVERNMENT SPENDING REVIEW

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, delivered his spending review for the 2021/22 financial year this week.  Normally, spending reviews are “comprehensive” and cover a period of 4 or 5 years, but this announcement only covers 1 year as a result of the Coronavirus crisis which dominates the numbers in the review (there are some longer-term commitments in the statement).  In his announcement, the Chancellor had three headlines:

CELIMO ECONOMIC PRESENTATION

CELIMO ECONOMIC PRESENTATION

CELIMO (the European group for associations representing importers and distributors in our industry) will be holding an on-line webinar on Friday 4th December at 0930;  this will be an overview of the economic situation in Europe with a focus on the industrial sector - where are we and what does the recovery look like for various industries.