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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.

Bank of England Agents Report and Inflation Report, February 2017:  The latest summary of business conditions by the Bank of England’s Agents shows that manufacturing output had remained “moderate”.

This is a quick reminder to MTA members, especially those involved in the tooling part of our industry, about the annual conference being organised by ECTA - the European Cutting Tools Association (this is a grouping that covers national associations who represent manufacturers of cutting tools).  The event this year is being held in Italy in the spectacular location of Stresa on Lake Maggiore.

The EURIS Task Force has welcomed the publication of the UK Government’s technical note on International Agreements during the Implementation Period for providing greater clarity on the Government’s intentions for this time-period.

This week the MTA received a thank you letter from the Assistant Private Secretary of the Prime Minister, for our supportive letter backing the Year of Engineering campaign.

The initial letter from the MTA, its member and associates, highlighted the UK’s world-wide reputation for engineering ingenuity and is at the forefront of technological break throughs that are shaping the world we live in.

Guests are invited to join the HP 3D Printing team for an exciting day at the MTC facilities, with special guest speakers Mark Barrington from Jaguar Land Rover and FDM Digital Solutions’ CEO Graeme Bond, hosted at the Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC).

UK Manufacturing Output, 4th Quarter 2017:  Publication of the December data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) of course means that we get both the 4th quarter and full year trends for the UK manufacturing sector and its industries.  The headline figure shows manufacturing output increased by +1.2% in the 4th quarter and by +2.9% for the year as a whole.  In 2017, UK manufacturing output was at its highest level since 2007.

The MTA Business Survey for January is still open for your responses; while we have had a reasonable number of replies so far, more is always better, so we would encourage you to get your data and opinion back to us as quickly as possible.  The on-line form at is still open - we look forward to hearing from you.

What is a PIA? When are they required under GDPR? And how to integrate them into planned (or existing) project activities as part of privacy-by-design and overall privacy management.


o Introduction to BSI Cybersecurity and Information Resilience

o Overview of GDPR

o What is a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)?

o PIA Requirements under GDPR

o PIAs in the context of overall privacy-by- design and GDPR compliance

CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industry, and EPMA, the European Powder Metallurgy Association, signed an agreement, which aims at promoting additive manufacturing through diversified actions.

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, January 2018:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector moved down to its lowest level since July 2017, but with the reading at 55.6, it still implies a significant rate of expansion of activity in the sector and is a long way above the long-run average.  The PMI is a composite index of 5 measures of activity and part of the reason for the lower figure is an acceleration of input costs.