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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.

We must better anticipate the skills needs of the future and attract ICT talent to the manufacturing sector. This is what was underlined during a stakeholder session organised by CECIMO on “Manufacturing and 4.0 Skills” during EU Industry Days 2019, which gathered around 1500 participants.

The Bursa Aerospace and Defence Cluster, which comprises Bursa’s aerospace and defence companies, is arranging a fully funded inward mission to Bursa’s innovative cluster to develop UK-Turkey partnerships in defence, automotive and machining, civil aerospace and interior design. They are looking to find new UK partners and would like to meet UK companies with their members and get exposure to the capability and incentives in the region.

Recently, even astrophysicists have started taking an interest in EMO Hannover. Garching-based Dr. Theo Steininger and Dr. Maksim Greiner, former PhD students at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, have developed Artificial Intelligence (AI) software that makes use of the latest statistical analysis methods developed for astrophysics.

Women & Leadership International is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the UK’s manufacturing sector. 

The campaign is providing women with grants of up to £1,000 to enable participation in a leadership development program.  

PMI, Americas, January 2019:  Following on from last week’s reports, the PMI readings from the Americas turned out to be more positive than the rest of the world.  The USA (54.9), Brazil (52.7) and Mexico (returning to positive territory at 50.9) all managed a better reading than in December 2018 and only Canada (53.0 - its lowest since the end of 2016) saw a lower index. 

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has once again sponsored and contributed to this excellent publication, securing a copy for every member of the MTA. 

Last Friday MTA member company NCMT and the Association added their voices to the nationwide debate on the prospect of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit debate. We talked to the BBC about the impact on UK manufacturers and how they are planning for March 29th.

Dave Burley MD of MTA members NCMT and Paul O'Donnell Head of External Affairs at the MTA talked to BBC Radio 4"s PM show. You can listen from 51 minutes into the show onwards to what they had to say. 

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, January 2019:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector published this morning showed a fall to 52.8 for January;  while it is not great news, especially in the detail, it is far from the weakness that we will see elsewhere - yet!  This reading is the second weakest since July 2016 and employment fell for only the 2nd month in 2½ years, but overall the sector is still expanding.  There are signs, however, that this

We have been contacted by a consultant who is working on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to inform energy policy in the UK, particularly in manufacturing.

On the 5th March join Renishaw for an open day at their world class Innovation Centre in Gloucestershire, where leading figures in the aerospace industry will illustrate the key trends and innovative technologies that are transforming aerospace manufacturing. The day aims to lead discussions on the direction that the aerospace industry is taking, and what is expected of the supply chain in order to fulfil these ever-changing requirements in a buoyant and growing sector.