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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.

The Design and Prototyping Group of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing has developed a unique hybrid 3D printing process that allows electrical, optical and structural elements to be introduced throughout an additively manufactured component during the build process.

‘THREAD’ is a patent-pending process, which means components can now be manufactured with in-built, continuous connectivity and additional functionality passing through the X, Y and Z axes.

Profitability of UK Companies, 4th Quarter 2016:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports that profitability (the net rate of return calculated as the economic gain - profit - as a share of capital used in production) of manufacturing companies improved to 12.7% in the final quarter of 2016.  This compares to 11.8% in the previous quarter and 10.3% recorded for the 4th period of 2015, but is lower than the rate in both the 1st and 2

The NEC has won its first international award after securing the 2017 UFI Operations and Services Award. UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, offers awards as a platform for sharing best practices and honouring outstanding activities within the exhibition industry, with the Operations and Services Award focusing on the best exhibition industry initiatives to enable a perfect customer journey to and in the venue.

Would you like your company or research institute to take part in collaborative R&D projects with potential European partners on Technology that could greatly benefit your company? Then you should consider joining the SMART Advanced Manufacturing EUREKA cluster.                                                 

On the 25th of April, Mazak are hosting a specialist event, at their European Technology Centre, ideal for UK gear manufacturers. Held in conjunction with Sandvik Coromant and Renishaw, the ‘Get in Gear’ event will showcase state-of-the-art technologies used throughout the complete gear cutting process, from concept and design through to manufacture, measurement, and even repair using additive manufacturing.

●          Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) recognised at Boeing’s Supplier of the Year Awards

●          The AMRC was honoured in the Innovation category of Boeing’s annual Supplier of the Year awards in Dallas, Texas

●          It’s the second time the AMRC has been honoured, previously receiving an award in 2011 in the best International (Technology) category

When the Prime Minister announced a snap election on Tuesday, it was a genuine surprise to even the most avid watchers of Westminster. Her repeated denials that she was pIanning any such thing and the lack of any leaks to that effect caught most commentators, and the vast majority, of MPs on the hop. In hindsight, it makes perfect sense to take advantage of the weakness of the opposition to secure a bigger majority for potential troubles ahead.

Cranfield University are launching Manufacturing Director’s Programme (MDP) on the 27th of April jointly with Cranfield School of Management. This is a new programme and builds on current strategic leadership and manufacturing competencies so that one can better manage uncertainty and risk whilst driving the agenda for innovation and productivity improvements. For more details please see the attached documents.

At less than half the length of some recent budgets, that published on Wednesday by the Chancellor Philip Hammond clearly aimed to be pretty low key. That is in line with both his reputation as ‘Spreadsheet Phil’ and his declared intention that this should be the last such budget in the Spring.

UK Manufacturing Output, January 2017:  The overall headlines from the data on manufacturing output released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) depended crucially on whether you looked at the month-on-month trend or the 3-month moving average.  Compared to December 2016, total manufacturing output fell by -0.9%, but the 3-month moving average showed growth of +2.1% - the latter is the strongest growth rate since May 2010 when the economy was emerging from the d