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In a time of industrial and trade uncertainty, the MT sector continues to perform well, as production stands at more than 28 billion in 2018. In the meantime, CECIMO has following closely the review process of the Machinery Directive, the most important legislation for the machinery sector.

Economic outlook and trends: an uncertain future after a period of strong growth.

Engineering firms are to be asked about their skills training, in a ground-up research project supported by the MTA.  The focus will be on small and medium-sized companies that are taking positive steps to train, outside the formal, government-funded apprenticeship system.

The MMMA ‘Metalworking’ Village is FULL, filling the largest area the Association has ever taken at MACH, this is a fantastic achievement, with 25 members exhibiting. The Metalworking Village covers 650 square metres, one of the largest areas of any exhibitor at MACH. Demonstrating, Technologies, services and products across many sectors of UK Manufacturing.

UK Production Data, 2018 revised:  The Office for National Statistics collects what we refer to as “production” data under the system known as ProdCom.  The figures are actually for the sales of UK made goods, so it is production net of stock changes held by the manufacturer, but we keep the short-hand title for ease of reference.

PMI, UK, Euro-zone and global, November 2019:  October had seen a small improvement in the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector, largely as a result of stock-building ahead of the Brexit deadline at the end of that month.  With that having passed, the under-lying conditions were unchanged and the subsequent de-stocking meant that the PMI reading fell back to 48.9 - this is now the seventh consecutive month of negative (below 50) figures.  Orders, ou

The November edition of the MTA Business Survey has been underway since the start of the week but we would like to take this opportunity just to remind you to let us have your input.

This week saw the MTA AGM take place on Tuesday 3rd December at Cutlers’ Hall Sheffield.

The event was attended by a number of MTA members and this year featured three presentations on the theme of business improvement as well as a small table top exhibition from some of our associate members.

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator & Investment Survey, November 2019:  The European Commission’s (EC) Economic Sentiment Index (ESI), which is constructed from a combination of 5 sector confidence indicators, increased a little in the Euro-zone and more strongly in the EU28 in November.  In the Euro-zone, this was mainly driven by improvements in confidence among consumers and the retail trade sector which outweighed a sharp fall for construction, while ind

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has awarded the James Watt International Gold Medal for 2019 to Sir David McMurtry, the co-founder and Executive Chairman of global engineering company, Renishaw. At a ceremony at The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, UK, on November 21st, 2019, Sir David was recognised for his outstanding contribution to mechanical engineering.

The Conservative Party has pledged in its election manifesto that there will be no extension of the Brexit transition period beyond 2020, prompting renewed fears over the terms under which the UK will leave the EU.  A 1-to-2 year extension is possible under the new Withdrawal Agreement but would have to be agreed by July 1st 2020.  The concerns over the Tory pledge are captured in an article here: