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UK Manufacturing Output, April 2019:  The headlines from the manufacturing output data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) earlier this week very much depend on which series you look at.  On our preferred measure of rolling three months trends, total manufacturing output in the latest 3 months (February, March and April 2019) was +1.2% higher than the previous three months (November and December 2018 and January 2019) and +1.0% higher than the same period a

We will be closing the May edition of the MTA Business Survey on Monday, so there is still time to get your return back to us if you have not done so already (with thanks to those members who have replied).  The on-line form at is open and we look forward to hearing from you.

Racing cars and robots are taking over the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) for the Primary Engineer celebration to recognise the region’s budding young engineers.

The University of Sheffield AMRC teamed up with a national not-for-profit organisation Primary Engineer last year to develop local teachers’ engineering skills and inspire children to see themselves as the problem-solvers and innovators of the future.

Robotics and automation are among the key technologies for ensuring lasting international success. Cobots interact directly with humans and give manufacturing companies a competitive edge in the market. At EMO Hannover 2019, trade visitors will find countless automation solutions and collaborative robots aimed at enhancing productivity.

The EURIS Taskforce, a body of trade organisations representing UK manufacturing worth £148 billion in turnover and with 1.1 million employees, has today written to all Conservative leadership candidates to highlight that no-deal should not be an option in the Brexit debate. 

A no-deal Brexit would cause severe damage to UK manufacturing and risks huge job losses as the impact on trade will be too hard to bear for many companies.

Already in 2019, many changes have taken place in the world of employment law. Several important changes occurred earlier this year in April, including a rise in minimum wages and pension contributions, payslip laws, and pay reporting, to name a few.

With further new developments and changes to come in the near future, it’s important to know how to adapt to and comply with these laws to protect your business and avoid risk.

Location: Factory 2050, AMRC, Sheffield

Date: 10/10/19

Time 10:00 – 15:15

Price: Free for MTA Members

MTA are co-hosting an event with the AMRC to give our members another chance to see the joint project, first demonstrated at MACH 2018. The project saw legacy machine tools retrofitted with sensors to provide accurate data about operating condition and performance, given by embracing Industry 4.0 technology.

The MTA recently met officials at the Department for Education to discuss how Trade Associations can reduce & focus communications and assist MTA members to engage with and benefit from T-Levels.

The manufacturing sector plays a significant role in the UK economy. As measured in the national accounts, it provides over 2.7 million jobs, makes up 49 percent of UK exports, and contributes 66 percent of all UK R&D business expenditure (Office for National Statistics, 2018). However, based on current measurements, manufacturing contributes only around 10 percent to national GDP, apparently dwarfed by the services sector which makes a 70 percent contribution to GDP.

The MTA Business Survey for May was launched at the start of the week.  We would encourage all MTA members to take a couple of minutes to submit your data so we can build an accurate picture of the general level of activity in our sector.  As you will see from the economic news this week, we are firmly in a period of uncertainty that is likely to last at least until the end of October, so it will be important that we have an up to date view of the sector.  The on-line form is available at...