Skip to main content

Friday Brief Archive

2021

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2020

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 34

Week 33

Week 13

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2019

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 34

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 07

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2018

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 34

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2017

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2016

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 34

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2015

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

2014

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

2013

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 34

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 02

Week 01

2012

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 15

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Friday Brief Intro

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday brief.

Tuesday this week saw a national day of reflection, marking one year since lockdown began. We have all experienced the massive change in the way business and the industry operates and we want to take this opportunity to remind all Members that the MTA is always here to help. We have a number of connections and if we can’t help directly, we can always point Members in the right direction. Members also have access to our free business support line provided by Croner on any employment law questions they may have, details below.

On a similar theme, MTA Associate Member, Citation, is running a free webinar specifically for manufacturing businesses, to address some of the key issues facing the sector – from COVID-related considerations to broader challenges surrounding HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety.

A reminder that the free workplace testing offer was been expanded to all firms in England and the deadline for registering interest is the end of this month. The government says that regular testing is a vital part of its plan to ease restrictions.  However, the scheme is free only until the end of June. Firms will have to pay from that date if they continue with workplace testing. You can register via: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/free-rapid-tests-for-all-businesses-for-regular-workplace-testing.

We’ve recently been able to help an MTA member in obtaining  visas for engineers coming from overseas following the change in rules post-Brexit. If you’re experiencing difficulties in this area, we encourage you to get in touch to see how we can help.

Whilst we’re on an international theme, we have details of the 4 major trade and investment hubs to support growth across the UK which the Department for International Trade will be establishing. Check out the announcement from International Trade Secretary below for further details.

CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies, of which the MTA is a Member, kindly invites you to join their webinar on “Repairing with Additive Manufacturing: An opportunity to boost industrial sustainability”, which will take place on Wednesday 14th April. Details on how to register are in the story below.

The Made Smarter Innovation Network are hosting a series of 12 webinars across April, May and June, showcasing the journeys of manufacturers who have been innovative in their adoption of digital technologies to improve performance, alongside digital technology providers creating innovative solutions to aid the manufacturers journey. Find out about which ones are relevant to your business and register for free via the link in the story below.

Our lead economic story this week is the latest results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey which, while it shows an improved performance for the manufacturing, cannot really be said to be that positive either.  Having said that there are some encouraging signs that activity could pick up over the next few months.  The flash estimates from the manufacturing PMI data do, however, paint a positive picture with the index at historically high levels in the UK, Euro-zone (led by Germany but spread across the region) and the USA.

The latest data from the USA on orders for manufacturing technology show that although lower than in December 2020 (which was an exceptional month), this year has started above the pre-pandemic levels of January 2020.  The cutting tool market is, however, still on a downward swing as it tends to lag behind the investment driven data for machinery.  Finally in this section we take a look at the UK trade data by industry and highlight the 2020 trends for the key customers of MTA members.

Finally this week, there are details of a new HSE virus scam which we have been made aware is circulating. The virus is in an email purporting to be from the HSE to arrange an appointment for an inspector to make a site visit.  When the attachment is opened, it can bring down the company’s IT system, including its manufacturing machines, and the system has had to be rebuilt. Make sure you make your teams aware if they regularly receive information from the HSE.

Keep an eye out in today's Guardian for a Supply Chain Innovation supplement- the digital campaign features a story from our CEO James Selka at  https://bit.ly/3vH2M1o.

That is all this week, we’ll have more industry news next week ahead of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Until then, have a good weekend.

TRUSS ANNOUNCES CREATION OF 4 MAJOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT HUBS TO SUPPORT GROWTH ACROSS THE UK

TRUSS ANNOUNCES CREATION OF 4 MAJOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT HUBS TO SUPPORT GROWTH ACROSS THE UK

Four major new trade and investment hubs will be established in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the North-East of England to boost trade and investment and level-up the country, the International Trade Secretary announced earlier in the week.

‘HSE’ virus scam

‘HSE’ virus scam

Members are alerted to the risk of a potentially catastrophic virus scam that is linked, fraudulently, to the Health and Safety Executive. The virus is in an email purporting to be from the HSE to arrange an appointment for an inspector to make a site visit. It provides a date and time and has a form to completed in an attachment.  When the attachment is opened, it can bring down the company’s IT system, including its manufacturing machines, and the system has had to be rebuilt. The scam has been reported it to the police.

Repairing with Additive Manufacturing: An opportunity to boost industrial sustainability

Repairing with Additive Manufacturing: An opportunity to boost industrial sustainability

CECIMO – the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies – kindly invites you to join their webinar on “Repairing with Additive Manufacturing: An opportunity to boost industrial sustainability”, which will take place on Wednesday 14th April from 12:00 to 13:00.

Advice Line from Croner

Advice Line from Croner

We would like to take the opportunity to remind you of one of the many free services you have access to as part of your MTA Membership. 

Attached are the details for Advice Line which is in partnership with Croner for all our members to seek professional advice regarding all aspects of employment law. 

We have dedicated representatives who can assist with any questions you may have and provide document templates.  They can cover all aspects of employment law and provide support through any process if required. 

Manufacturing webinar: resource planning and key legal updates

Manufacturing webinar: resource planning and key legal updates

MTA Associate Member, Citation, is running a free webinar specifically for manufacturing businesses, to address some of the key issues facing the sector – from COVID-related considerations to broader challenges surrounding HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety.

During this free 60-minute webinar, they’ll take a deep dive into some key updates and talking points, including:

VISAs for engineers

VISAs for engineers

We have become aware that there is the potential for problems in getting UK temporary work visas for engineers and other technical staff coming from abroad, for example to commission or maintain equipment.

Should you experience what appears to be an unreasonable refusal by the Home Office or similar problems, we encourage you to get in touch, in confidence.  We will then ensure that the issue is raised appropriately with government.

Economic News

Economic News

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, March 2021:  The latest report from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) shows an improved outlook for the manufacturing sector.  Although output volumes were flat in the three months to March (see below), this is the strongest outturn since May 2019 (long before Covid-19 had even been heard of).  Output increased in 8 of the 17 sub-sectors covered by the CBI;  they note that growth led by the electronic engineering and plastic products groups was off-set by declines in paper, printing & media and aerospace.