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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.

From 1 January 2021, the UKCA mark became the conformity assessment for newly manufactured goods being sold in the Great Britain (GB) market, replacing the CE mark(for second hand goods see paragraph 5.9). This document provides a brief overview of what UK companies need to do to continue using the CE marking, to sell into the Europe(EU)and Northern Ireland(NI)markets, as well as adopt the UKCA mark, to sell into the GB market. Please find the document attached.

The UK has signed a new trade agreement with Australia, the first deal negotiated from scratch since leaving the European Union.

The year 2021 was extremely positive for the Italian industry of machine tools, robotics and automation, which reported double-digit increases for all key economic indicators. This trend should continue even in 2022, the year when all the ground lost in 2020 should be recovered.

A remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) is affecting multiple versions of the Apache Log4j 2 library. The NCSC is aware that scanning for this vulnerability has been detected in the UK and exploitation detected elsewhere.

The World Trade Organisation has launched an online platform Trade4MSMEs for companies to find trade information to help them engage in exporting and importing.

The Trade4SMEs website is targeted at micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and allows small businesses to access a diverse range of trade information brought together from a variety of sources.

The latest newsletter from Made Smarter gave an update on their innovation and leadership programmes.

Uncovering the new £20m Made Smarter Innovation competition –

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from IHS Markit edged down fractionally but it has been around its current level since August.  It continues to point to a healthy expansion of activity in the sector globally although we are seeing the “false-positive” effect from the way in which the calculation treats suppliers delivery times.

The Home Office launched a new Skilled Worker Eligibility Checker (SWEC) tool. This interactive tool will enable applicants and employers to immediately see if vacancies are eligible for a Skilled Worker visa.

UKCA mark – still a live issue

The UK’s transition to adoption of the UKCA mark remains a live issue for government and for industry.  Government continues to seek information from industry, aware of problems relating to testing and lack of awareness, especially among overseas companies selling in to the UK. 

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