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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.

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from IHS Markit accelerated slightly in February to stand at 53.9, although there was an overall easing in new orders. Encouragingly, the investment goods sector showed the fastest rate of expansion. This article only refers to the PMI for the manufacturing sector.

Firms can now compare business bank accounts using a new online resource which is impartial and advertisement-free.

British business invests less in research and development than similar nations, says business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.  And “investment is concentrated in major players in just a few sectors”, he says.

These are, perhaps, the most striking comments in a policy paper seeking to develop a UK R&D roadmap. 

The MTA have been approached by ETA Technology who are exploring opportunities with companies where possibilities for mutual collaboration exist. 

ETA Technology designs and manufactures high-end special purpose machines for automobile, aerospace, shipbuilding, defence and rail industries. As part of their global expansion strategy, they are on the lookout for establishing Sales & Service Partners in some of the most important markets across the world.  

Over the past year, businesses in the UK have adjusted to new ways of working and are using the internet more than ever before. According to a report from the Centre for Economic Performance, more than 60% of businesses are using new technologies since the beginning of the pandemic. This is happening in almost all industries – including Manufacturing.

As a theme partner at last month’s Emerging Tech Fest 2021, MADE Cymru hosted a round table discussion with a number of industry experts to talk about how manufacturers in Wales have had to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic, and how some have indeed thrived.

As a Member of the MTA, you automatically get to enjoy the benefits of affiliate membership of Make UK. They are inviting MTA Members to join them on Wednesday 17th March at 08:30 - 09:30 for an event: Successfully Accessing Grant Funding.  

Businesses across the country want to take advantage of future opportunities for the sector such as the Net Zero and Levelling Up agendas. But how do you successfully access public funding? Why should you apply for grant funding? 

European Industrial Output, December 2020:  The data published by Eurostat covers industrial production and, while most of this is manufacturing activity, it also includes the output of the extraction and utilities industries.  Total industrial production in the Euro-zone in December fell by -1.6% compared to the previous month, with the EU as a whole seeing a month-on-month decline of -1.2%.  Comparing the latest figures with December 2019, industrial production decreased by

The government has announced an additional £8 million funding for SME manufacturers under what it is calling the Made Smarter Adoption programme.

The funding is limited to firms in the North-west, the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber and the West Midlands.  It is focused on adopting digital technology at up to 1,000 companies.

CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies, organized the first of what is intended to be a biannual survey of trends in the European market for the additive manufacturing (AM) industry.

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