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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.

UK Productivity, 3rd Quarter 2019:  Data published by the ONS shows that labour productivity (output per hour worked) was +0.1% higher than in the same period in 2018, bringing to an end a run of four quarters of contraction.  This turnaround, which covers the whole economy, was because Gross Value Added (GVA - a measure of output) rose slightly faster than hours worked.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is delighted to invite you to join to the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Network (EECAN) Roadshow in the UK.

The roadshow will provide UK businesses with insight, information and guidance on exporting to or investing in the EECAN. The event will highlight the EECAN as the first-choice partner for international trade and investment for the UK businesses. 

 Why attend?

Last year ended with the UK manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) falling to its 2nd lowest level in 7½ years - with the reading at 47.5, it was just ahead of the 47.4 recorded in August 2019.  Output fell at its fastest pace since July 2012 as order intake fell from both domestic and overseas clients and companies reduced their pre-Brexit (31st October edition) stocks.  This fall in output was at its sharpest in the investment goods industries, although it was a

Two model apprentices, who won big at the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre’s annual awards, have returned from the trip of a lifetime touring Boeing’s state-of-the-art factories in Portland and Seattle.

Mary Stickland and Craig Horton, who are both from Rotherham, earned the opportunity to spend eight days in Oregon and Washington by winning the Siddall Achievement Award in March 2019.

The UK-Africa Investment Summit Manufacturing Event 

14 – 15 January 2020

The UK-Africa Investment Summit (UK-AIS) Manufacturing Event is a unique opportunity for UK companies to learn more of the possibilities of investing in manufacturing operations in Africa and to raise African governments’ awareness of UK investor needs. 

In November 2019, at the STEM Inspiration Awards, Stephen Pickles, Process Development Technician at global engineering technologies company Renishaw, won the Inspirational Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Technician Award. Pickles, who works at the company’s Miskin site in South Wales, was praised for his dedication to STEM education outreach.

UK National Accounts and Business Investment, 3rd Quarter 2019:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the UK National Accounts this morning and revised upwards the estimate for GDP growth to +0.4% (it had been +0.3%).  There was also an upward revision, of the same magnitude, in the annualised rate which is now put at +1.1%.  There are also some small revisions to previous quarters back to the start of 2018 and these mean that the growth rate for 2018

With less than five months to go until the doors fling open to the UK’s national manufacturing and engineering  event MACH 2020, visitor registration page is now live at

James Selka, MTA CEO said “I would encourage all exhibitors to start contacting their customers and directing them towards the MACH 2020 website to register. The countdown to MACH 2020 starts here.”

Queen’s Speeches, it turns out, are like busses. You wait for what seems like ever for one and then two come along at once. There was two and a half years between the May Government’s only one, after the 2017 General Election, and Boris Johnson’s first in October. That was held against a backdrop of the forced recall of Parliament and a looming Brexit deadline with the PM assailed from all sides. This week’s event was a bit different.

One of the world’s most prestigious research and development groups has been given the green light to build a dedicated facility in the North West of England which will boost Lancashire’s reputation as one of the UK’s most innovative regions for advanced manufacturing and act as a powerful magnet for inward investors.