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intec is one of the leading trade fairs for the metal working industry in Europe. It is the industry get-together for manufacturing technology in metal processing and automation in Production and at the same time is the largest investment goods trade fair in eastern part of Germany. intec trade visitors come from all areas of mechanical engineering and plant construction, automotive and vehicle industry, electrical/electronics industry and metal trade.

On the occasion of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) held in Brussels on 6 December and the ongoing discussion on the European Labour Authority, CECIMO would like to bring the failings of the Posting of Workers Directive to the attention of the EU Ministers responsible for Employment.

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, November 2018:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector picked up in November to 53.1;  this suggests that the 27-month low recorded in October was something of an exception (probably related to the uncertainty over Brexit), although the improvement this month only bring the index in-line with the trend we have seen for this year.  Compared to October, both output and orders increased across all the sub-sectors of consumer, i

The MTA Business Survey for November is underway and, with thanks to those who have already replied, we would encourage MTA members to take part in this valuable survey.  It provides a valuable overview of the business situation for the manufacturing technologies industry and can give a base against which to check your own situation.  The on-line form available at and we look forward to rece

The Government of Karnataka is developing an “Integrated Machine Tools Park” with state of the art Industrial infrastructure couple with an eco-friendly layout  in an extent of 530 acres of land with assistance from Department of Heavy Industries, Government of India to attract investments in the machine tools sector. It is located adjacent to the proposed Japan Industrial Park. 

The MTA are pleased to announce that Marcus Brigstocke will be providing the entertainment at next year’s Centenary Dinner, sponsored by Close Brothers. Having just finished his ‘Devil May Care’ Tour of the UK, Marcus will be joining us to celebrate 100 years of the MTA at the Westminster Park Plaza, London, on 28th February 2019.

CECIMO has created a new Additive Manufacturing (AM) committee. The new committee will be the preeminent platform to discuss EU policy challenges and opportunities in the field of AM.

During its General Assembly in Barcelona, CECIMO reported that its machine tool production is likely to see an 8% gain in 2018. The turnover of CECIMO manufacturers should reach €27.8 billion, continuing its extraordinary growth for the second year in a row and increasing our global market share from 33% to 34%. Nevertheless, weak global trade might affect foreign demand and slow down European machine tool market growth.

Lightweighting & Composites

Since battery and electric motor drive systems are less power-dense than internal combustion engine / conventional aero engines, the bodies of cars, trucks, aircraft and rail vehicles need to be made more lightweight. A considerable amount of funding is going into research in composites to achieve lower weight. Hear from leading scientists who are exploring how to speed up the uptake of the key technologies.

European Commission’s Economic Sentiment Indicator, November 2018:  The European Commission (EC) takes a range of business surveys (for the UK, it uses the CBI surveys) to construct a sectoral confidence indicator for both the Euro-zone and the EU28.  The latest figures for the overall Economic Sentiment Index (ESI) show that it fell marginally in the Euro-Zone but that there was a more substantial downturn for the EU28 as a whole.  This was because of a sharp decrease in sen