Friday Brief intro 11/03/2022
Good afternoon and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief. We have a lot of great stories for you today so make sure you check out all of them.
We would like to begin the newsletter with a congratulations to The MTA’s Statistician, Geoff Noon who has been working at the organisation for 35 years as of this week. Thank you for your wonderful service to The MTA Geoff.
CECIMO (the European group for trade associations representing manufacturers of machine tools and additive manufacturing, of which MTA is a member), alongside 24 other similar organisations, has signed a letter urging the EU institutions to continue to make EU trade agreements a priority, opening new markets for trade and investment and promoting rules-based free trade, including strengthening the role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Find the link to the statement in the story.
Gov.UK ‘s Apprenticeship scheme are offering support to employers. You may be able to apply for a £3,000 incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice. Check out the details on how you can apply below.
New technologies are being developed and implemented at pace resulting in rapid performance improvements in vehicles that enter the market. Steel has an obvious role to play in the further optimisation of performance, weight, and affordability. In a webinar Tata will focus on advanced steel solution for optimised e-motor performance, market dynamics, the technical basics of the material and the Tata Steel product offering. The time and date plus more information can be found in the story.
The Department of International Trade (DIT) is planning some information webinars later this month, but in the meantime, we have been offered the following advice – note that trade does not necessarily have to be with Russia (or Belarus) directly to be covered by these changes. Find out important information through a couple of links listed in the story.
An article form Made Smarter was released this week with some interesting news on Renewable Parts, based in Lochgilphead, Scotland which is a supply chain and refurbishment specialist in the wind energy industry, restoring unserviceable parts to their original ‘as new’ condition. The service offers customers quicker and more affordable access to used components in exchange for refurbishing parts for feed stock. Check out the comments and the brochure below.
BEC is pleased to offer the opportunity to coordinate a delegation of companies working in the related sectors of BIEMH and benefit from the advantages of the Hosted Buyers’ Programme. The main objective of the programme is to make the visit easier for professionals with buying capacity of the products and services shown in the trade show and offer them an interesting proposal. More details can be found below.
We received an article from The MTC on their developments for the future. Over the last 12 months, in order to precipitate further impact through growth of MTC and to satisfy our strategic objectives, they have been planning the strengthening of the MTC Leadership team. Please read through the article for more information on their future endeavours.
This week we have two new BSI standards for you. Check out both proposals in separate stories below and make sure to send your comments to our Technology & Skills Manager, Sami.
Data published this morning shows that UK manufacturing output increased by +0.8% in January although it is still a little below the pre-pandemic level. The picture is less optimistic if we drill down into the detail and among the key industries that we track each month, there are contrasting fortunes which we explore in our economic news article this week. We also take a look at the UK GDP figures which came out at the same time as well as the latest data for GDP in Europe from earlier in the week.
This week, we also have the new State of Trade report from CELIMO; this is the group of European Associations representing importers and distributors of manufacturing technology equipment, of which MTA is a member.
Finally, a reminder that the February edition of the MTA Business Survey is still open for your input via the online form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-feb22. We hope to close this by the middle of next week, so there is still time for you to get your input back to us. We have a couple of extra questions this month about the current situation in Ukraine that we would like to get feedback on, so please try to spare a couple of minutes to participate – thanks of course to those who have already replied.
Thank you for keeping up to date with us! Have a great weekend and we’ll ‘see’ you again next week!
CELIMO – the group of European associations representing importers and distributors of manufacturing technology – has released its State of Trade report along with a commentary; this is summarised here but the full version is in the document attached below. There was a strong pace of GDP growth in most countries in 2021 although this […]Read more
UK Manufacturing Output , January 2022: The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the latest output data this morning and the headline shows an increase of +0.8% in total manufacturing output compared to December 2021. However, this still leaves output of the sector -1.6% lower than its pre-pandemic level (February 2020). The monthly data can […]Read more
Please be advised that 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 AMT/010 Robotics, for consideration when deciding the UK response to ISO. Proposal: ISO/NP 22166-202 – […]Read more
Please be advised that 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 AMT/4 – Industrial data and manufacturing interfaces, for consideration when deciding the UK response to […]Read more
Over the last 12 months, in order to precipitate further impact through growth of MTC and to satisfy our strategic objectives, we have been planning the strengthening of the MTC Leadership team. Last autumn we saw the first phase of this with the appointment of Clare Pickin as MTC Operations Director and David Grailey as […]Read more
BEC is pleased to offer the opportunity to coordinate a delegation of companies working in the related sectors of BIEMH and benefit from the advantages of the Hosted Buyers’ Programme. Please find attached the promotional brochure for this edition. This programme will provide the companies with the opportunity to benefit from: – Flight and accommodation […]Read more
Do you work with employers who hired a new apprentice between 1 October 2021 and 31 January 2022? If apprentices have an apprenticeship start date between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022, employers could be eligible for the £3,000 incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice. Applications for the incentive payment close on 15 […]Read more
We understand that the Department of International Trade (DIT) is planning some information webinars later this month, but in the meantime, we have been offered the following advice – note that trade does not necessarily have to be with Russia (or Belarus) directly to be covered by these changes. Businesses should continue to check the […]Read more