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Friday Brief Intro (01/10/2021)

Good afternoon and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief. Who’s ready for a great October? With less webinars and more live events, the industry is buzzing again! 

First off today, the MTA have some exciting news. The Manufacturing Technologies Association announce new Engineering Supply Chain Show to launch alongside MACH 2022 at NEC, Birmingham. The Engineering Supply Chain Show is a new exhibition where engineering and manufacturing buyers go to find world-class suppliers, exclusively in the UK engineering and manufacturing supply chain. Check all the details in the press release that went out earlier this week. 

As you may know EMO starts next week and the MTA will be exhibiting at EMO next week in Milan in Pav.4 stand no B33. Exhibitors and visitors to the show are welcome to visit the stand to say hello to one of the team. 

We now have a new link to register for our Annual General Meeting so make sure you book your tickets through the link in the story below. 

MTA Associate Member Accruent are running an online roundtable discussion on Green Manufacturing on Thursday 28th October at 10am. During this roundtable, they will explore the different perspectives of worldwide industry experts regarding the impact of new environment demands in the manufacturing industry. Find the story below for more info. 

All businesses, including intermediary bodies and training providers, can now review funding pledges from levy paying businesses. The governments new service supports businesses to access important apprenticeship funding – helping them to create more apprenticeship opportunities so more people can get the jobs they want. More information can be found in the story. 

With only a month to go before INDEX™20 opens its doors for the first time since 2017, around 750 exhibitors have confirmed their presence. INDEX™20 will be a true celebration of what the industry can create, and a demonstration of the glorious future ahead. Stay up to date with what will happening with the story below. 

The new UK National Security & Investment Act 2021 comes into effect fully from 4 January 2022. The Act gives the government powers to scrutinise and intervene in acquisitions that may pose national security risks. Find out more in the story. 

UK Export Finance has published a climate strategy for 2021-2024, as it increases its focus on projects that advance net zero. There’s lots to read in the article that can be found below. 

The headline news this week is the Purchasing Managers’ Index data for September. In the UK and most of Europe it is a case of a lower reading than in August while remaining firmly in positive territory but with some exceptions - for example, Switzerland and especially Sweden saw an increase in the PMI from what were already very high levels.  The picture in Asia is more mixed but both China and the ASEAN region recovered to exactly 50.  We don’t yet have the data for the Americas as this comes out this afternoon so there will be an update next week. 

The other major item of economic news this week is the UK national accounts data for the 2nd quarter which, perhaps most importantly, gives us the detailed industry breakdown for investment.  This is the time of year when the ONS re-bases its economic data series and this has resolved most of the problems that we were seeing in the investment data;  the latest figures show that the recovery is still underway but that we are not yet back to the pre-pandemic levels.  We also take a look at the revised GDP data which has seen the estimate of growth for the UK economy in the 2nd quarter revised up significantly to +5.5%, although this still leaves the economy -3% smaller than before the current crisis began.  Also in the economic news item, we have the economic sentiment data from the European Commission which shows a levelling off, although at a high level in historical terms, for the industry sector. 

In a separate article, we report on the latest Economic & Statistical Toolbox from CECIMO.  This includes updated figures for orders, as well as relevant macroeconomic figures from the OECD, ECB and the European Commission, among others which reflect a further improvement in European manufacturing in 2nd quarter of 2021.  It also has a new section on machine tool customer sectors. 

We will be launching the MTA Business Survey for September today;  please take a couple of minutes to complete this important survey - the on-line form will be available at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-sep21

Thank you for keeping up to date with us and we’ll ‘see’ you again next week! Have a great weekend!

MTA announce new Engineering Supply Chain Show to launch alongside MACH 2022

The Engineering Supply Chain Show is a new exhibition where engineering and manufacturing buyers go to find world-class suppliers, exclusively in the UK engineering and manufacturing supply chain.

Organised by The Manufacturing Technologies Association and being hosted at the NEC in April 2022, this show-within-a-show is part of the MACH exhibition but sits as a separate 3-day event. Running from 5-7th April 2022, The Engineering Supply Chain Show will have its own location and entrance in Hall 7 – directly alongside MACH.

CECIMO ECONOMIC & STATISTICAL TOOLBOX

CECIMO ECONOMIC & STATISTICAL TOOLBOX

CECIMO - the European grouping of associations for machine tool manufacturers - has published its Economic & Statistical Toolbox covering the 2nd quarter of 2021. The information which broadly goes to the end of the 2nd quarter is spread across 6 themes covering historical data for the sector, demand, investment, business climate, general indicators and, new from this edition, related sectors. This new section currently has data on the European automotive, aerospace and metals industries.

The MTA's Annual General Meeting

The MTA's Annual General Meeting

The MTA's Annual General Meeting will be held on 8th December 2021 at Church House in Westminster, London. 

Following the AGM & lunch there will be a reception at The House of Commons hosted by Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield. 

The 3 course lunch will also feature Professor Anand Menon as the keynote speaker. 

Green Talks Roundtable

Green Talks Roundtable

MTA Associate Member Accruent are running an online roundtable discussion on Green Manufacturing on Thursday 28th October at 10am. 

During this roundtable, they will explore the different perspectives of worldwide industry experts regarding the impact of new environment demands in the manufacturing industry. 

INDEX™ and the Nonwovens Industry: A Vital and Fruitful Partnership

INDEX™ and the Nonwovens Industry: A Vital and Fruitful Partnership

With only a month to go before INDEX™20 opens its doors for the first time since 2017, around 750 exhibitors have confirmed their presence. This exceeds numbers from 2017, clearly demonstrating the relevance of INDEX™20 as the go-to event for first-hand knowledge of new developments in filtration, transportation, construction, hygiene, medical and packaging.  As always there will be a huge range of end-uses, including long-life durable and single-use applications.  

BEIS - Advanced Materials

BEIS - Advanced Materials

The new UK National Security & Investment Act 2021 comes into effect fully from 4 January 2022. The Act gives the government powers to scrutinise and intervene in acquisitions that may pose national security risks. It also provides businesses and investors with predictable, legally defined timelines and processes for decisions on acquisitions. 

PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX FOR MANUFACTURING

PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX FOR MANUFACTURING

The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing in the UK fell back in the latest reading but at 57.1 it is still indicting a significant expansion in activity in the sector. However, there are some notes of concern in that both output and new orders increased at the slowest pace since February and supply chains delays along with shortages of both materials and labour also contributed to this trend. At the sub-sector level, investment goods had the highest PMI, with both consumer and intermediate goods falling to only a little above the crucial 50 level.

ECONOMIC NEWS

ECONOMIC NEWS

UK Quarterly National Accounts and Investment, 2nd Quarter 2021: This week saw the publication of the quarterly National Accounts for the 2nd quarter but more importantly, it is also the point in the year when the Office for National Statistics (ONS) rebases its economic data - in this case from 2018 prices to 2019 as the base year. This complicates the analysis of the situation because, especially in the detailed figures, it often gives rise to some significant revisions to the data series.