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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.

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is pleased to host the launch event for MACH 2020. MACH 2020 is an important event in the manufacturing technologies community, bringing together customers and providers of machining innovation from across the world and providing the platform for attendees to share expertise and explore ways of working together.

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, November 2019:  The CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) for November (month of publication) showed an improvement in the outlook for the sector but remained generally weak.  Both total and export order books improved from the very low levels that they recorded in October but are still below their long-run average.

Global engineering company, Renishaw, is collaborating with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing to qualify new additive manufacturing (AM) materials for production applications.

From 14 to 17 October 2020, fieramilano Rho will be the stage for the 32nd edition of BI-MU, the most important Italian exhibition dedicated to the industry of metal forming and metal cutting machine tools, additive and digital manufacturing, robots and automation, enabling technologies and subcontracting. It is the only trade show in Italy related to the sector that has a real international appeal.

It will be Milan to welcome the next edition of EMO, the world machine tool exhibition, alternately hosted in Italy and Germany and considered as the leading trade show for the operators of the world manufacturing industry.

Promoted by CECIMO, the European Association of Machine Tool Industries, EMO MILANO 2021 will take place at fieramilano Rho from 4 to 9 October.

More than 100 young women from across the Sheffield City Region have now been shown the huge potential of a career in engineering thanks to the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s (AMRC) #AMRCtribe campaign.

Uncertainty over our future relationship with the EU was a key theme at the CBI annual conference in London this week, as Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson sought to make their parties’ Brexit policies crystal clear.

2020 looks like being a year in which trade in Green/’sustainable’ goods and services are subject to increased discussion.  Industries across Europe are considering proposals to introduce a ‘carbon adjustment tax’ on goods being imported into the EU; and several countries outside the EU have proposed that common standards be agreed for labelling green goods (New Zealand, Fiji, Norway, Iceland and Costa Rica.

UK GDP, first estimate for 3rd Quarter 2019:  The first estimate for the UK economy in the 3rd quarter from the ONS shows growth of +0.3% compared to the previous quarter.  The UK, therefore, avoided the recession which had been a possibility following the fall in the size of the economy in the previous quarter.  However, as this was weaker than at the same time last year, the annualised rate of growth for the UK economy fell to +1.0%, its slowest pace s

UK Manufacturing Output, September 2019:  Publication of the September figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) completes the picture for the 3rd quarter of the year and we will focus on this period with only occasional mentions of the monthly data.  The headline shows that total manufacturing output was the same as in the 2nd period of the year;  the significance of this is that it means that the sector avoided a recession by the narrowest of