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UK Productivity, 1st Quarter 2022:  With data on wages and hours worked as part of the labour market release, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published its flash estimates of productivity for the start of 2022.  The headlines show that on the preferred measure - output per hour worked - productivity fell compared to the final period of 2021 with hours worked rising more quickly than output (gross value added).

MACH 2022, the largest display of new machinery and manufacturing technologies under one roof in the UK for four years, lived up to its billing as a major catalyst for investment with scores of exhibitors reporting strong sales and positive interest in their products during the five-day event at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

Our colleagues at ECTA and Swissmem would like to remind you about the invitation to the ECTA Conference 2022 from June 30 to July 02 in Rüschlikon on Lake Zurich.

Swissmem, in cooperation with the ECTA Secretariat, will host this event and they have put together an attractive program with excellent speakers for the conference.

The 20th anniversary edition of Switzerland's most important trade fair, to be held from 14 to 17 June at Palexpo-Geneva, will see an increase in participation compared to September 2021. This year's event will be dedicated to innovation, employment, business and youth.

Foreign secretary Liz Truss has made a statement in the Commons, stating the government’s intention to introduce a bill to allow changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Truss said a settlement negotiated with the EU is preferred, but went on:  “The challenge is that this solution requires a change in the Protocol itself, as its current drafting prevents it from being implemented, but the EU’s mandate does not allow the Protocol to be changed.

The business department, BEIS, has launched a new set of webinars on UKCA and UKNI conformity assessment marking and the phasing out of CE. 

The webinars cover:

As a manufacturer of precision turned and milled components, Neida runs a successful apprenticeship scheme from manufacturing locations in Stoke-on-Trent and the Isle-of-Wight and believes that the key to closing the ever-increasing Skills Gap is getting the next generation interested in engineering.

Last summer, the government confirmed they’ll be reforming the Equality Act, putting more emphasis and pressure on employees to prove they’ve taken positive action to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

Three out of four people have reported their experiences of harassment at work. As a result, the government is increasing pressure on employers to take action. But with so many factors to consider, we understand it can be difficult to know where to start.

Once again, our CEO, James Selka and the rest of Team MALIS have decided to get on their bikes and raise much needed funds for the amazing charity Help for Heroes. 

USMTO and CTMR, March 2022:  The US Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) programme tracks orders in the US market, based on the reports from participants.  Each of the first three months of the year have been excellent and the total for the 1st quarter as a whole is +26.5% higher than the same period in 2021 and the strongest start to any calendar year since 1998.