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Industry Focus

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.

In conjunction with the Through-Life Engineering Services Council (‘TES Council’) and the Institute of Asset Management (‘IAM’), Cranfield University is undertaking a 2018 Maturity Assessment of through-life maintenance strategies. This questionnaire is seeking to understand physical asset management techniques and practices observed across industry segments and maintenance strategies employed.

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, June 2018:  The latest results from the CBI survey show a sharp pick-up in output over the previous 3 months following a more lacklustre start to the year.  The growth in the volume of output was at its strongest rate for the year and was mirrored in 14 of the 17 sub-sectors;  the CBI summary of the results highlights Mechanical Engineering (Machinery) as one of the main drivers of this growth, with Electronic Engineering and Metal Products also among the...

We have just released a new edition of the MTA Economic Report which you can download below.  This rounds up the latest data both for the UK economy and the industrial scene at various levels.  It is intended as a general overview of the current situation although, inevitably, as new data is released, the trends will be updated.  You can keep up with these changes via the Economic News item that appears in the Friday Brief most weeks.

The manufacturing output data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) attracted some negative headlines as they reflected a month-on-month reduction of -1.4%, the worst month since October 2012.  We prefer to focus on the 3-month rolling trend, but this fell by -0.5% (comparing February, March and April 2018 with November and December 2017 and January 2018) - this is the largest fall in this series since May 2017.  However, as we will see, the trends remain mixed between various...

Annual two-day summit, including experts from Airbus Germany, GM Global Research and Development, Thales Alena Space, University of Minnesota and  Air Force Research Laboratory Event to showcase and support business innovation in AM with presentations from entrepreneurs on pre-conference day with Innovate UK

A team of leading engineers are working together at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) to drive forward cutting-edge capabilities for manufacturing composite components in ways not currently available in the supply chain.

During its General Assembly in Mainz, CECIMO reported that its machine tool production saw an 8% gain in 2017, outpacing earlier forecasts. The turnover of CECIMO manufacturers reached €26 billion, marking an extraordinary recovery from the last year’s small loss and securing a 33% global market share. For 2018, the outlook is very optimistic: our largest producers expect a 7%-9% increase, as orders do not indicate a slowdown in sales.

If you are planning a visit to Farnborough this year, why not combine it with a VIP visit to MTA members Kyocera SGS? They are hosting an event to coincide with the Airshow and are offering not only parking and transfer to the show but complimentary tickets and breakfast too!  Places are limited, details can be found here:’

The presentations from the recent conference organised by the European Cutting Tools Association (ECTA) in Italy are available to download from the web-site.

The presentations include:

On the 31st of May 2018, the US administration has announced that additional duties on imports of steel (25%) and aluminium (10%) from the EU and other countries will be imposed.

In return, the European Union has announced that it will: