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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.

MTA CEO James Selka has recently been talking to the Future Insights Network about Greener manufacturing in the UK which, according to a report commissioned by the MTA last year, could see £20 Billion in GDP and 1 million more jobs.

The Industrial AI Summit will provide a vital opportunity to learn manufacturing best practices and hear from industry leaders, ensuring you can achieve AI success. Here are just some of the manufacturing topics that will be explored:

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Over the past year the Home Office have engaged with businesses across all sectors and nations of the UK, including some of your members, to ensure business of all sizes are aware of the new points-based immigration system. They would like to reach SMEs who may have little knowledge of, or interaction with, the immigration system, to ensure they are fully aware of what the new system means for them and they understand how it will operate.

The Institute of Export and International Trade are pleased to offer MTA members a discounted course on new customs declaration services. This advanced course will instruct delegates in how to complete customs declarations and ensure customs compliance through the online Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) and its replacement, the Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has today (12 May) welcomed this week’s Queen’s Speech, which reinforced the UK’s commitments to becoming a global science superpower, taking advantage of the UK’s departure from the European Union, and strengthening our energy security as we transition to a net zero future. 

The MTA has followed and supported The Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring programme. It is focused on the development of simple, low cost digital devices and systems that improve the effectiveness of operations of small manufacturing companies.

Manufacturers have demonstrated over many years their commitment to apprenticeships, and we know apprenticeships in the UK manufacturing sector can address the yawning skills gap we face. However, the profound impact of the pandemic means less than half of manufacturers have recruited an engineering or manufacturing apprentice in the last 12 months. 

T Levels are new a high-quality, alternative to A-levels for young people, once they've completed their GCSEs. 

T Levels are alternative to A-levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19-year-old courses. T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help young learners progress into skilled employment, higher education or apprenticeships. 

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from IHS Markit came in at 55.8 for April, although not all of the data was available when this was published on Monday.  It indicates another improvement on an already strong rate of expansion for the sector across all of the elements but there are notes of caution around the continued supply-chain pressures which are boosting the reading when they are a negative at the moment and record...