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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 additive manufacturing (AM) industry is thriving. The global value of the AM market is expected to triple between 2004 and 2018, and hit 17.9 bn EUR by 2021. Applications in the aerospace and medical sectors have reached already industrial series production, while industries like the automotive are moving beyond prototyping functionalities.

During EMO, CELIMO (the European group for Associations representing importers and distributors in our sector) will be holding an International meeting which will feature presentations on the economic and market situation in Europe, Japan, India and the USA and, perhaps most importantly, following this with a reception a buffet lunch which presents an excellent opportunity for networking with colleagues and potential new contacts in the industry.

The August edition of the MTA Business Survey has just been launched and we would encourage all MTA members to take part in this survey which provides a valuable tracking of activity across our sector.  The on-line form is available at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-aug17 - we look forward to your input, whether you are regular responders or this will be the first time you have taken part in the survey.

UK GDP, Investment and Productivity, 2nd Quarter 2017:  The second estimate of UK GDP from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirmed that the economy grew by +0.3% compared to the previous quarter and the annualised growth rate was also unchanged from that in the first release at +1.7%.

An autonomous robotic solution for improving process time and health and safety during the manufacture of cardboard boxes has been developed by the Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG) of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

The system was developed for The Cardboard Box Company, an SME based in Accrington that designs, prints and manufactures bespoke corrugated packaging solutions for industrial, retail or promotional displays.

Midlands manufacturers can see the latest in inspection and condition monitoring at Materials Testing 2017, which takes place from 5-7 September in Telford, UK.

The biennial event, which returns to the Midlands, is the world’s most comprehensive exhibition of non-destructive testing (NDT), materials testing, condition monitoring and diagnostic technologies.

UK Manufacturing Output, 2nd Quarter 2017:  With the release of the June data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) we get the figures for the full quarter and this note will focus on this data rather than the monthly trends.  Total manufacturing output was -0.6% lower than in the previous quarter, but was +0.2% above the level of a year earlier.  The ONS attributes the fall mainly to Transport Equipment, but as we will see later, there are reasons behind thi

MTA members may think they do not have any intellectual property (‘IP’) in software or computational methods they have created. However, this is not always the case. Software is patentable. Additionally, copyright and confidential information in software may provide valuable commercial property and opportunities.

During EMO, CELIMO (the European group for Associations representing importers and distributors in our sector) will be holding an International meeting which will feature presentations on the economic and market situation in Europe, Japan, India and the USA and, perhaps most importantly, following this with a reception a buffet lunch which presents an excellent opportunity for networking with colleagues and potential new contacts in the industry.

MetLase, a joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Unipart Group, has become the latest member of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), bringing its world leading technology to the partnership.   

The company has joined AMRC following a recent collaboration in which it developed a set of 14 fixtures for the assembly of complex parts. 

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