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FRIDAY BRIEF

Good morning and welcome to the last Friday Brief of January - where has the month gone!  We hope that you find something of interest among the news items this week.

Over the last few days, we have been running our MACH2022 preview, the highlight of which was a series of 7 on-line seminars;  these are now available to view and the details are in the article below.

For our recurring themes of Brexit and Covid-19, our articles this week are a reminder of some links on important aspects of both of these topics.  For the Coronavirus update there is a reminder about the travel exemptions for engineers although it is important to note that these do not apply to the countries which have the new travel ban.  On Brexit, there are some updated links from HMRC, including some detailed topics.

We have information about the new investment support plan that has been put into place in Italy - this will be especially relevant for anyone exhibiting at EMO in October.

Closer to home, EAMA (the Engineering and Machinery Alliance), of which MTA is a member, has a new Chairman - he will be familiar to most MTA members as it is our former President, Mark Ridgway OBE, DL.  Also in the news this week is a tie-up between the AMRC and the Turing Institute who will work together to identify opportunities for artificial intelligence (AI) adoption in manufacturing, accelerate research collaboration and boost skills development.

In the economic news this week we take a look at the production data for the automotive industry that SMMT released this week;  it will be a couple of weeks before we get the value based data for this industry (and others) from the ONS but this is a first look at what was a record-breaking year (for all the wrong reasons!) for this important customer industry.  We also cover the latest data on profitability in the UK (an important driver for investment), the Economic Sentiment index published by the European Commission (which includes the new capacity utilisation figures) and the trends in the US market for manufacturing technology and cutting tools.

Finally, in the economic news article we note the latest report on grants agreed under the Scottish system for Regional Assistance;  however, this scheme has now been closed to new entrants and we will update members on what replaces it as soon as that is announced.

We have news of two new webinars being organised by SHEP (Safety & Health Engineering Partnership) - these will cover product marking and safety around welding fumes & metalworking fluids.  The meetings theme is continued with news of the Made Smarter Conference - more details in the article below.

Finally this week, there are two new work proposals from the Information Security, Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Committee at BSI;  one covers the use of smart meters and the other is around more general cybersecurity frameworks.

Until we return in February - i.e. next Friday - the MTA team wishes you a restful weekend and please stay safe.

NEW CHAIRMAN FOR EAMA

NEW CHAIRMAN FOR EAMA

The Engineering and Machinery Alliance, of which MTA is a member, has announced that Martin Walder, who has served as chairman for the past 12 years, is stepping down from that position.  This coincides with his appointment to a new, international role within Schneider Electric, that of VP Industry - Automation Europe.  Martin will be retaining links with EAMA, as vice‐president of the alliance.

SHEP WEBINARS

SHEP WEBINARS

Following the success of the ‘Work-related Stress’ webinar SHEP ran in December, two further free of charge webinars have been arranged on the following topics:

BSI NEW WORK PROPOSAL - SMART METER SECURITY

BSI NEW WORK PROPOSAL - SMART METER SECURITY

A New Work Item Proposal has been loaded to the BSI Standards Development Portal for comment.  We hope this will assist in increasing awareness of the Standards Development Portfolio.  Any comments received will be submitted to IST/33 - Information security, Cybersecurity and privacy protection, for consideration when deciding the UK response to CEN.

BSI NEW WORK PROPOSAL - CYBERSECURITY

BSI NEW WORK PROPOSAL - CYBERSECURITY

A New Work Item Proposal has been loaded to the BSI Standards Development Portal for comment.  We hope this will assist in increasing awareness of the Standards Development Portfolio.  Any comments received will be submitted to IST/33 - Information security, Cybersecurity and privacy protection, for consideration when deciding the UK response to CEN.

MADE SMARTER MANUFACTURING CONFERENCE

MADE SMARTER MANUFACTURING CONFERENCE

A Manufacturing Conference for manufacturers by manufacturers

The Made Smarter Conference will be a celebration of manufacturing, technology and the impacts Made Smarter has made across the North West.  You can see how 1200 makers are working with Made Smarter to adopt the latest digital technologies and the benefits the technology is bringing to their business.

ECONOMIC NEWS

ECONOMIC NEWS

UK Automotive Industry Output, 2020:  The headline figures published this week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) shows that UK car production fell to 920,928, the lowest figure since 1984.  They note that manufacturing operations were severely disrupted throughout the year, with lockdowns and social distancing measures restricting factory output, but Brexit uncertainty, which continued until Christmas Eve, and depressed market demand in key export destinations also played their part.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Travel restrictions:  Members will be aware that this is a changing situation with the UK Government tightening the travel restrictions.  You can get the latest information on this at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors.  The exemptions have been updated and some jobs have been removed from the list - engineers installing or servicing machinery and equipment remain on the list but it is worth checking back at

MACH 2022 PREVIEW DRAWS TO A CLOSE

MACH 2022 PREVIEW DRAWS TO A CLOSE

Whilst MACH 2022 Preview Week is drawing to a close, it doesn’t mean you can’t still access the great content we’ve had this week.

You will be able to access the system from now right the way up until the show.  This means you can check out our ever growing A-Z of exhibitors and search by product type.  Once you create an account, you’ll be able to favourite these and access recordings of all of the great seminars we’ve had this week.

The seminars available to access are as follows:

NEW AGREEMENT TO ADVANCE RESEARCH AT INTERSECTION OF AI AND MANUFACTURING

NEW AGREEMENT TO ADVANCE RESEARCH AT INTERSECTION OF AI AND MANUFACTURING

The Alan Turing Institute and the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) have signed an agreement to work together to identify opportunities for artificial intelligence (AI) adoption in manufacturing, accelerate research collaboration and boost skills development.  The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will draw on their considerable research and development skills across manufacturing, data science, machine learning and AI.