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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.

Foreign secretary Liz Truss has made a statement in the Commons, stating the government’s intention to introduce a bill to allow changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Truss said a settlement negotiated with the EU is preferred, but went on:  “The challenge is that this solution requires a change in the Protocol itself, as its current drafting prevents it from being implemented, but the EU’s mandate does not allow the Protocol to be changed.

The business department, BEIS, has launched a new set of webinars on UKCA and UKNI conformity assessment marking and the phasing out of CE. 

The webinars cover:

As a manufacturer of precision turned and milled components, Neida runs a successful apprenticeship scheme from manufacturing locations in Stoke-on-Trent and the Isle-of-Wight and believes that the key to closing the ever-increasing Skills Gap is getting the next generation interested in engineering.

The Queen’s Speech indicates the government’s programme for the coming year.  It neither commits the government to any of the bills nor restricts the introduction of other legislation - such as a bill to scrap all or part of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Commentators have widely suggested that the speech was thin on content.  However, the proof will be in the bills when published.

HM Revenue and Customs have announced that the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) will replace the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system from 31 March 2023. Services on CHIEF will be withdrawn in two stages:  

After 30 September 2022 the ability to make import declarations on CHIEF will end and you must move all your import declarations to CDS

The Government has opened phase 2 of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) for bids for grants totalling £70 million and it runs until 9th September.

Last month, CECIMO (the European group for associations representing machine tool manufacturers) and the European cluster collaboration platform co-organised a conference entitled "Engineering - Automation - Machinery: Exploring collaboration opportunities with Ukraine".  The event provided insights into the current situation in relation to the Ukrainian industries. 

During the event, they received requests in the following areas: 

CECIMO have kindly sent us an update on four funding opportunities that are approaching the deadline at the end of this month. Below you can find the funding calls in the areas of digital technologies, robotics, etc., applied to the machine tool/manufacturing sector with all the necessary information about the opening date, the deadline, the budget, the short overview and the link to each open call.

 The open calls are:

The business department, BEIS is running two business training webinars designed to raise awareness the brand new PAS 7050 ‘Bringing safe goods to market’ and the updated PAS 7100  ‘Supporting Better Product Recalls’.

To register for the training event and secure your place, click on the links below:

18th May 09:30 – 11:30

The MTA are pleased to report that exhibitors and visitors are now attending overseas trade shows to kick start their export. The MTA and EIA have therefore decided to look at the most successful shows in our sector that are approaching the deadline for applications, to ascertain whether members would like to attend these once again, as part of a UK group.


16 – 19 November 2022

Bangkok, Thailand