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Advanced Manufacturing is a dynamic, globalised, sector which is constantly evolving. Much of that evolution is as a consequence of technological change which is happening at a faster rate than ever before. Manufacturing Technology that change right across sectors and in companies of all sizes. The MTA exists to help its members transform the manufacturing world.

UK Manufacturing Output, December, 4th Quarter and 2018:  The manufacturing output data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reflects the impact of a number of factors on the sector in the latter part of 2018.  In this report we will focus on the quarterly and annual data.  The overall trend for the manufacturing sector showed a fall of -1.0% for the 4th quarter, although thanks to some better figures earlier in the year, the annual tota

28 February 2019 12:30

Join the EEF policy team as we take you through the latest Brexit developments and reveal the practical implications for Trade, Customs issues, Tariff costs, EU and mobile UK workers.

We must better anticipate the skills needs of the future and attract ICT talent to the manufacturing sector. This is what was underlined during a stakeholder session organised by CECIMO on “Manufacturing and 4.0 Skills” during EU Industry Days 2019, which gathered around 1500 participants.

The Bursa Aerospace and Defence Cluster, which comprises Bursa’s aerospace and defence companies, is arranging a fully funded inward mission to Bursa’s innovative cluster to develop UK-Turkey partnerships in defence, automotive and machining, civil aerospace and interior design. They are looking to find new UK partners and would like to meet UK companies with their members and get exposure to the capability and incentives in the region.

Recently, even astrophysicists have started taking an interest in EMO Hannover. Garching-based Dr. Theo Steininger and Dr. Maksim Greiner, former PhD students at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, have developed Artificial Intelligence (AI) software that makes use of the latest statistical analysis methods developed for astrophysics.

Women & Leadership International is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the UK’s manufacturing sector. 

The campaign is providing women with grants of up to £1,000 to enable participation in a leadership development program.  

PMI, Americas, January 2019:  Following on from last week’s reports, the PMI readings from the Americas turned out to be more positive than the rest of the world.  The USA (54.9), Brazil (52.7) and Mexico (returning to positive territory at 50.9) all managed a better reading than in December 2018 and only Canada (53.0 - its lowest since the end of 2016) saw a lower index. 

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has once again sponsored and contributed to this excellent publication, securing a copy for every member of the MTA. 

Last Friday MTA member company NCMT and the Association added their voices to the nationwide debate on the prospect of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit debate. We talked to the BBC about the impact on UK manufacturers and how they are planning for March 29th.

Dave Burley MD of MTA members NCMT and Paul O'Donnell Head of External Affairs at the MTA talked to BBC Radio 4"s PM show. You can listen from 51 minutes into the show onwards to what they had to say. 

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, January 2019:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector published this morning showed a fall to 52.8 for January;  while it is not great news, especially in the detail, it is far from the weakness that we will see elsewhere - yet!  This reading is the second weakest since July 2016 and employment fell for only the 2nd month in 2½ years, but overall the sector is still expanding.  There are signs, however, that this