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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.

Jack Semple, Secretary of EAMA (of which MTA is a member) reports that the Scottish government has launched a four-year, £25 million innovation fund to speed up the adoption or development of low carbon products, services, technologies or processes in manufacturing.

The Low Carbon Manufacturing Challenge Fund is administered by Scottish Enterprise and will give grants of £150,000 or more.

Flight cancellations cause disruption to workplaces With cancelled flights and delays at airports preventing employees from arriving back in the UK in time for their scheduled return to work after their holidays, we look at the implications for employers.

The US and EU issued a joint statement after a top-level meeting of the Trade and Technology Council, which was set up last year.

The two sides committed to exchange information and explore opportunities for collaboration in R&D, notably for Artificial Intelligence, telecomms beyond 5G and 6G, and quantum computing.  Common approaches towards 6G international standards are particularly relevant, they said.

EU-Japan joint statement

The EU and Japan have pledged closer geo-political and economic ties.  A joint statement issued last month, but little-reported in the UK, addresses the Ukraine crisis, calling for Russia to withdraw its troops, and pledges closer economic co-operation.

Events: NCSC Digital Lofts

Everyone can do something to improve their cyber security, you don't have to be from an IT or technical background.

The NCSC are here to help you understand what actions you can do to improve your own and your organisation's cyber security.

We are running a number of 1 hour webinars in June specifically aimed at small organisations, although anyone is welcome to join. 

T Levels 

City & Guilds in partnership with EAL have been awarded to be the delivery partner for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (The Institute) to develop the new T Level Technical Qualifications (TQs) in Engineering and Manufacturing.

The development of the TQs is underway, with first teaching of these new qualifications to take place from September 2022.  

The three TQs we are developing are:

The outcome was positive for the 2022 edition of LAMIERA, the international trade show of sheet metal forming machines tools and related technologies, which took place at fieramilano Rho from 18 to 21 May.

Jack Semple, Secretary of EAMA (of which MTA is a member) offers some comments on recent announcements by the Government, most notably the speech given by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak when he spoke at the CBI’s annual dinner last week.  He called on UK businesses to “invest more, train more, and innovate more” and said that the government’s “firm plan is to reduce and reform your taxes to encourage you to do all those things”.

Hannover, Germany
30 May – 2 June 2022

The 20th anniversary edition of Switzerland's most important trade fair, to be held from 14 to 17 June at Palexpo-Geneva, will see an increase in participation compared to September 2021. This year's event will be dedicated to innovation, employment, business and youth.