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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.

Talent Retention Solutions (TRS) has launched its new Aviation Skills Retention Platform.

This platform has been created to support skills retention within the UK Aviation industry. It is designed to help talented individuals showcase their experience and expertise while helping businesses find the skills they need. Aiding redeployment and recruitment, skills retention and retraining activities across the aviation sector.

UK Manufacturing Output, December 2020:  Publication of the December figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also brings us the data for both the 4th quarter and for 2020 as a whole.  The headlines show that manufacturing output grew by +0.3% in December and by +3.3% for the 4th quarter (compared to the previous quarter) but that output of the manufacturing sector as a whole contracted by -9.9% compared to 2019.

The MTC invite MTA members to join them for their Digital Demonstration Day as part of the SHARK project on 25th February, 9:00am - 12:30pm.

For those looking to attend EMO Milano as exhibitors from 4-9th October 2021 you only have a few days left to register.

The deadline for the early bird rate expires this Sunday (14th February).

Register your company to EMO Milano 2021 within February 14th, 2021 and you will benefit from the special ‘Early bird’ rate of €341/sq.m instead of €359/sq.m.

NPL’s new Mechanical Test Facility enables the early uptake of new materials that supports industrial innovation and aligns with the government’s green recovery programme, boosting jobs, generating economic impact and developing new skills.

NPL has opened its state-of-the-art multi-million-pound Mechanical Test Facility (MTF) which is equipped with a comprehensive suite of the latest Instron mechanical test machines, as part of a valued partnership.

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from IHS Markit eased slightly in January but at 53.5 it remains positive and is still at a relatively high level historically.  This article only refers to the PMI for the manufacturing sector.

European GDP, 4th Quarter 2020:  Eurostat has published a preliminary estimate of GDP for the final period of last year (the UK data will be out next Friday).  This shows that GDP in the Euro-zone fell by -0.7% compared to the previous quarter giving an estimate for 2020 of a decline of -6.8%.  For the EU as a whole, the quarter-on-quarter trend was -0.5% with a fall of -6.4% for the year.

UK Automotive Industry Output, 2020:  The headline figures published this week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) shows that UK car production fell to 920,928, the lowest figure since 1984.  They note that manufacturing operations were severely disrupted throughout the year, with lockdowns and social distancing measures restricting factory output, but Brexit uncertainty, which continued until Christmas Eve, and depressed market demand in key export des

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, January 2021:  The latest results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) shows that manufacturing activity remains weak with output volumes in the 3 months to “January” flat and total new orders falling.  The data collection period for this survey ran from mid-December to mid-January, so the trends identified mainly cover the 4th quarter of 2020, with January being the month of publication.

UK Manufacturing Output, November 2020:  The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that manufacturing output was +0.7% higher than in October and over the latest 3 months (September, October and November) output was +4.7% higher than in the previous 3 months (June, July and August).  However, output in the latest 3 months was -5.5% lower than in the same months of 2019 and the level in November was only 95% of where it was in February.