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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 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. 

An intelligent, low-cost tooling insert, embedded with smart sensors, has been developed to deliver in-process condition monitoring that reduces machining stoppages and improves productivity for UK manufacturers.

The prototype device, developed with Innovate UK funding, allows a machine tool operator to determine the condition of a cutting tool without manual inspection and is the first ‘plug and play’ system of its kind with no process learning time required on installation.

The expansion of the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) from £200,000 to £1m kicked in at the start of January 2019. This will make investing in new equipment at MACH 2020 more cost-effective for most visitors. Between 1 January 2019 and 1 January 2021, businesses can invest up to £1m annually in qualifying “plant and machinery” assets and obtain 100% tax relief.

Following on from the very successful Gold Award Dinner dance event, held in May of 2018. The Chairman is delighted to announce that MMMA and ISME are getting together again in 2019. As there will be no golden award, the event is the’ Metal Bashers Ball’ to be held on Friday 17th May 2019.

Venue Copthorne Hotel, Merryhill, Dudley

After dinner speaker, Professor Carl Chinn, (ISME Gold medal) who will be talking about local Brummie gangsters the ‘Peaky Blinders’

In the event of no deal Brexit, the EU REACH Regulation will be brought into UK law by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. The Act replicates REACH in the UK whilst making the changes necessary to make it work outside of the EU. The key principles of the EU REACH Regulation, including its fundamental principle of ‘no data, no market’, and its provision for Only Representatives (ORs) will be maintained.

Machinists are getting used to the new terminology. Tool manufacturers and their users are now familiar with digital twins, the cloud and the smart evaluation of Big Data. All this is happening in response to the "Industrial Internet of Things IIoT" – one of the key themes of EMO Hannover 2019. 

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