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Frankfurt am Main, 15 April 2019. – Should we continue with classic machining and coolant lubricants, or do dry machining and minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) represent viable alternatives? From a technology point of view, it is important to consider material properties and machine performance, but plant costs, energy and health aspects increasingly need to be included in any assessment of the overall process.

European Industrial Production, February 2019:  Data published by Eurostat shows that total industrial production in the Euro-zone was -0.2% lower than in January and compared to February 2018 it fell by -0.3%.  In the EU28, output was unchanged on January and +0.3% higher than a year earlier.

The MTA is supporting Europe’s International Trade Fair for Tool, Pattern and Mould Making, taking place in Stuttgart.

Full information can be found on the Moulding Expo website (

Rahul Mandal – Nuclear AMRC research associate and Great British Bake Off winner – enthused a packed audience of young people at South Yorkshire’s annual Get Up To Speed with STEM event with inspiring talk about the close links between the science of engineering and the art of baking.

His message to the more than 3,000 school pupils gathered at Magna in Rotherham was this: "If you can do baking, you can do science and engineering and if you're doing engineering, then you can bake.”

The MTA is pleased to announce the Annual Members' Golf Day will be on Wednesday 29th May 2019 and will be returning to The Leicestershire Golf Club.

Format for the day:

BSI would like to inform you and your organization of the development of PAS 6010, 6011 & 6012 on Additive Manufacturing.

A PAS is a sponsored, fast-track informal standard that is developed through a consensus-building process facilitated by BSI Standards Limited. A PAS should not be regarded as a BS, EN or ISO standard.

The development of PAS 6010, 6011 & 6012 has been sponsored by Innovate UK.

In response to growing threats posed by Industry 4.0 and the development of Smart Factories, the MSc course in Cyber-Secure Manufacturing is provided for industry engineers/managers to help protect their systems and machines against cyber threats.

University of Wolverhampton Racing continued their dominant form at Donington Park, securing three P2’s from three races, and 2nd place in the championship behind the 2018 winner, Cian Carey. 

Production managers in manufacturing often have to ask themselves: should we continue with conventional machining and coolant lubricants, or do dry machining or minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) represent viable alternatives? Several factors influence this decision. In Part 1 of this two-part series of technical articles being published in the run-up to EMO Hannover 2019, lubrication system experts and scientists give their assessment.

So, Brexit hit yet another deadline at yet another European Summit and yet again the issue was fudged. The Prime Minister is stuck outside a meeting room in Brussels while the remaining 27 discuss the possibility of her getting a deal of some sort passed. Whatever your views, it’s not a great look for British diplomacy. However, we will now see the UK remain in the EU until the 31st of October.