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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.

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken the opportunity to conduct a reshuffle which has been considerably more wide ranging than expected. The announcements seem to be very much in line with his Government’s stated aim of leaving the EU on the 31st of October come what may.

Start-ups are sought after. Many established companies are looking to make contact and cooperate with them and/or invest in them. Thomas Staufenbiel, one of the three founders of Gestalt Robotics GmbH in Berlin, is just such a sought-after businessman. At EMO Hannover, the company is presenting its tailor-made automation and artificial intelligence (AI) software on the start-up stand of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in Hall 9.

The HSE are hosting an event on the 24th July 2019 at their Science and Research Laboratories in Buxton (https://www.hsl.gov.uk/about-us/location) looking at Designing out CNC Machine Metalworking Fluid Mist Inhalation Risks.

European Industrial Production, May 2019:  The latest set of data from Eurostat shows that total industrial production - this is manufacturing plus extraction and utilities activity - in the Euro-zone increased by +0.9% compared to April, but that level was still -0.5% lower than in May 2018.  For the EU28 as a whole, the trends were +0.8% and +0.4% respectively as there was a marked divergence between the two areas a year earlier.

We recently launched our biennial survey of charges made by members for service engineer visits;  we sent this only to the type of companies likely to have this service, but we may have missed someone who would like to participate in this survey.  Also, you may have missed the e-mail or it has gone to someone to an old e-mail address - where companies replied in 2017, we have used those contacts.

This week MTA members the University of Wolverhampton launched the Composite & Additive Layer Materials Engineering Research & Innovation Centre (CALMERIC) project. CALMERIC is designed to support SME engineering and manufacturing companies based in the counties of Shropshire and Staffordshire.

During their centenary year WES is collaborating with the Royal Academy of Engineering to survey engineers about their career experiences through an Engineering Census. This census will compare the experiences of women engineers with that of their male counterparts to understand the barriers to progression and retention that affect both women and men. 

Siemens Financial Services (SFS) has released a new research paper examining how UK manufacturers can more easily implement energy optimisation solutions to reduce energy usage with the help of innovative financing methods.

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, on Monday July 8th opened the country’s first R&D test bed facility dedicated to helping UK manufacturing develop digital solutions to drive innovation and productivity in their companies.

Background on working groups

The UK5G Advisory Board (UK5G AB) has decided to create a number of working groups (WG), covering the following subject areas:

Local Enterprise Partnerships & SMEs

Connected Places

International

Testbed & Trials review

Manufacturing

Creative Industries

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