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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 National Accounts and Investment data, 4th Quarter 2018:  In the UK National Accounts published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK economy was estimated to have grown by +0.2% compared to the previous quarter.  Despite an upward revision to growth in the 3rd quarter (to +0.7%), the growth rate for 2018 as a whole was unrevised at +1.4% which along with 2012, is the slowest growth this decade.

Major players from across the automotive industry, including Jaguar Land Rover and Westway Nissan, today launched a new initiative to help service leavers and veterans take up jobs in the sector motor industry.

Backed by the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Foundation, ‘Mission Automotive’ will help veterans with specialist skills find jobs in a range of roles across the automotive sector, including in engineering, manufacturing, infrastructure and logistics.

On show at EMO Hannover 2019 – Sensor technology is a key mechanical engineering component

£9 million commitment to support SME apprenticeships by 2022 is the largest financial support offered by the UK Plc through the government backed Apprenticeship Levy scheme Lloyds Bank productivity initiative launched to support UK SMEs train apprentices in their businesses, building the skills they need for the future Lloyds Banking Group will recruit and train a further 1500 apprentices by 2020 as part of its Helping Britain Prosper Plan 

As additive manufacturing (AM) comes of age, EU policy and regulations are becoming more and more relevant for the industry. Market access, product compliance, certification requirements and many other issues play a bigger role than ever before in influencing the growth of this sector.

With the prospects of the UK exiting the European Union without Deal in place seemingly rising this week, one area where MTA members companies will want to make sure they are prepared is in Export Control.

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Two key themes regarding the future of manufacturing are access to appropriate technology and how to develop a team with the appropriate skills to meet the current and future needs of the business – including team members who have grown up with advanced technology and want to use it to drive innovation and product ability improvements within businesses.

The organisers of the Industry 4.0 Summit & Expo 2019 (10-11 April) in Manchester are offering MTA members a 30% discount on the 2-day summit fee. (The Expo is free to attend if you pre-register.)

After a week in which the Prime Minister went down to the second worst parliamentary defeat in History, lost the loyalty of the Cabinet, lost control of her whipping operation and lost her voice, Theresa May is still standing and is in better position than she has been for months.