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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 Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are inviting UK manufacturing companies to complete the following survey, which will be open until 31 August 2021. 

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from IHS Markit was 55.4, just a smidgeon lower than the June figure but, as we will see as we go around the world, there is a mixture of trends behind this figure.

5PRING has launched the 5G smart manufacturing programme looking for innovators with the advanced digital technology solutions with applications in the manufacturing space.

City and Guilds will be hosting a webinar for employers on the 25th August at 9:30AM to give an introduction to the Engineering and Manufacturing T-Levels.

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering complaints about the rising costs of shipping following allegations that the industry is profiteering from the pandemic.
Freight rates generally have been higher than normal throughout the pandemic, with recent global congestion issues leading prices to soar continuously over the last few months.

The government is keen to get a better understanding of the impact of the current lorry driver shortage.  Lorries play an essential and highly regulated role in the supply chain and there have been industry predictions that the supply chain will collapse due to a shortage of drivers, caused by a number of factors.

A new website has been launched on Find apprenticeship training for your apprentice.  The site aims to improve the process: 

Standards play an important role in the economy by promoting best practice, facilitating business interaction, and providing individuals and organizations with a basis for mutual understanding that facilitates communication, manufacturing and commerce. 

The business department, BEIS, has announced £25 million in funding for academic research aimed at helping supply chains to become more productive.