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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.

22-23 March 2017

ILAS is back, the unique two day event that attracts international delegates and speakers to share the latest in laser material processing.  You are guaranteed to make new contacts, expand your network, find business or collaboration opportunities, meet potential employers and employees to develop your organisation or career.

The Advanced Structural Testing Centre (ASTC) of the AMRC with Boeing is working in collaboration with UK company TISICS exploring the development of materials for demanding environments, such as transport, energy and the manufacturing sectors.

Webinar: The 4IR journey – Evolving your business

01 March 2017 at 11:00am                                                                                          

The EEF webinar will explore the current practices and available solutions that manufacturers have implemented, to help improve connectivity, communication and gain greater data integrity, to remain competitive and grow in the digital future.

Earlier this month we reported on the launch of the consultation on the Government’s Industrial Strategy (Green Paper);  as one element of the MTA’s work to respond to this consultation, we have developed a survey that picks up on a few of the 35 questions posed in the Green Paper.

Intellectual Property (IP) is a strategic business asset.  If managed properly it can offer significant benefits, and provide a tool to control commercial risk.  In many businesses, however, it is unclear whose responsibility this is.  In truth, successful IP strategy begins with the recognition that taking care of IP, as with any other asset, requires everyone in a business to play their part.

A new research paper from Siemens Financial Services (SFS) examines development of pay-for-outcomes integrated financing models  With these models, payments are based on expected business outcomes Pay-to-use financing models will continue to play an important role in maintaining competitiveness and will coexist alongside pay-for-outcomes solutions

The UK Government’s 2015 manifesto committed to make ‘the Midlands an engine of growth’. The Midlands Engine is the long-term economic plan to achieve greater economic growth and productivity across the whole of the Midlands. The Department for International Trade (DIT) fully supports this aspiration and is funding this International Trade Summit to help businesses gain an understanding of how the Midlands Engine can support your international business growth.

The Knowledge Transfer Network

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 from 08:30 to 14:30 (GMT)

Sheffield, United Kingdom

UK Manufacturing Output, December 2016:  With the release of the December data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) we get, of course, both the 4th quarter and the annual data for the UK manufacturing sector and its key industries.  The headline is that, overall, manufacturing output in the 4th quarter of 2016 was +1.2% higher than in the 3rd quarter, while for 2016 as a whole, it grew by +0.7%.

The January edition of the MTA Business Survey will close early next week and although we have had a good response, more is always better!  If you have not yet sent us your figures, or if you have never responded but would like to, you can find the on-line form at (you won’t need to login to access this form).  We value the input of MTA members to what is a very useful and timely indicator o