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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.

On show at EMO Hannover 2019 – Sustainability and lightweight construction are firmly anchored in mechanical engineering.

Intelligent lightweight solutions are increasingly gaining ground in machine tool construction. The main focuses are on new geometries and materials as well as simulation and 3D printing. Exhibitors at EMO Hannover will be showing how products can be designed and manufactured to meet lightweight and sustainability criteria based on a range of examples.

The manufacturing sector can become more sustainable thanks to new technologies. CECIMO Conference on “Advanced Production Technologies for Circular Manufacturing” indeed proved how additive manufacturing, laser technologies, digital and other advancements help saving resources and contribute to circular economy. On the other hand, policymakers should continue supporting industry in its effort, also in the next political cycle.

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, May 2019:  Manufacturers responding to the latest edition of the CBI survey said that output growth was at a similar pace to the previous month in “the 3 months to May” (data collection was actually between 25th April and 13th May, so it should really be the 3 months to April).  The growth rate was significantly above the long-run average, although weaker than we saw during 2017/18.

The LEAP Expo 2018, organized by Messe Muenchen Shanghai Co., Ltd, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Machinery Sub-Council, and Chinese Optical Society-Laser Processing Committee, was held successfully in Shenzhen Convention Center on Oct. 10-12 in South China.

MSP look to tackle the industry challenge of machining the perfect part with an expert-led Technical event on the 5th June.

There is an established tradition of young entrepreneurs presenting their new business models at EMO Hannover. CellCore, a company founded by Andreas Krüger and two of his colleagues at the end of 2016, is one of the exhibitors on the joint start-up stand supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Their business model is based on biomimetic engineering in which highly efficient natural structures, optimised by evolution over millions of years, are imitated (mimesis).

A business whose software is changing the way the manufacturing industry operates around the world has joined a pioneering new project to encourage women to re-train in the digital sector.

MSP has become a partner of the newly-launched TechUP project, which will give 100 women across the North and Midlands the chance to pursue opportunities in the digital and tech sector by learning new skills.

Yamazaki Mazak has released dates for its specialist ‘Manufacturing Solutions NOW’ Open House in June at its European Technology Centre in Worcester.

The Open House, which will run from the 11th to 13th June and will include 22 machines in total, will focus on entry-level machines, Siemens control and laser-cutting; and feature guest talks from representatives from McLaren Applied Technologies and Concorde.

This week saw the MTA at the Farnborough for the second Internet of Manufacturing Conference. CEO James Selka’s talk on Wednesday about new technology changing manufacturing was well received, as was a talk on Tuesday given by Graham Malley of the Made Smarter team. Graham was able to update his audience about the progress of the Made Smarter initiative, both nationally and in the pilot that is being run in the North West of England.

This week MTA CEO James Selka DL joined a panel discussion on Factories of the future: Transforming Manufacturing with industry 4.0 at the UK edition of the Internet of Manufacturing conference. The two-day conference took place at Farnborough exhibition and conference centre and saw a fantastic line up of speaker over the two days. 

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