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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.

UK Manufacturing Output, August 2019:  The latest manufacturing output data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)  has been subject to the extensive revision (or perhaps more accurately a re-write of history) that we discussed last week in our piece about the UK National Accounts.  An initial reading suggests that while most of the numbers have changed, the trends remain broadly similar to the pre-revision estimates except, of course, that we now have an extra month o

This week the MTA hosted a seminar at Factory 2050, part of the AMRC in Sheffield, giving Members of the MTA and BTMA an opportunity to see the Legacy Project. This joint endeavour between the MTA and AMRC, first demonstrated at MACH 2018, retrofitted a legacy milling machine and lathe with Industry 4.0 sensors.

Robotics, automation and cybersecurity technologies are critical to the factories of the future. The TRINITY opening event on “Robotics for agile and competitive manufacturing” gave concrete examples of how these technologies can help to increase productivity, agility and make lot size one economically feasible.

UK National Accounts and Investment, 2nd Quarter 2019:  With publication of the quarterly national accounts, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirmed (for now at least) that the UK economy contracted by -0.2%;  however, some extensive revisions, mostly to levels rather than trends, means that the annualized rate has edged up to +1.3% (from +1.2% in the previous estimate).

We launched the September edition of the MTA Business Survey earlier in the week.  This is one of our slightly longer quarterly surveys that covers a couple of structural topics such as employment and constraints on business, alongside the usual benchmark measures of confidence, orders, sales and inquiries.  While we usually get a good number of members participating, we can always do with more, so please take a couple of minutes to respond (with thanks to those members who have already...

Brexit continues to dominate politics and overshadowed everything else during the Party Conference season. This week saw the long-awaited publication of the Prime Minister’s new plan. Most of the attention has been focussed on the proposals for Northern Ireland, which will be leaving the Customs Union, along with the rest of the UK, but pretending to be in the Single Market for the purposes of Goods.

PMI, UK, Euro-zone and global, September 2019:  There was a small improvement in the UK Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector in the latest reading, but the index remains below the 50 point that marks the boundary between contraction (<50) and expansion (>50) of activity in the sector.  Within the overall index, a further weakening of orders, output and employment is hidden by an improvement in stocks of purchases and input buying volumes that may

One of the UK’s leading industrial air filtration and extraction specialists is investing in a new distribution centre in Shropshire to help it meet growing demand for its products.

Filtermist International, which is part of the Absolent Group, has taken on a 30,000 sq ft unit just a few minutes walk away from its purpose-built Headquarters on the T54 Business Park in Telford.

Trade fair builds on successful previous event

Market-leading sliding head lathe manufacturer Star GB announces its most advanced open house event yet from 8th - 10th October at their Technology Centre in Derby.

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