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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.

21st January 2019 at the MTC, Ansty Park, Coventry

Organised by the Surface Engineering Leadership Forum (SELF)

The Surface Engineering Leadership Forum (SELF) is working to support UK Materials and Manufacturing industries on the transformation journey to become world beating in the application of Industry 4.0 principles and tools.

The EURIS Taskforce, a body of trade organisations representing UK manufacturing worth £148 billion in turnover, has today written to the Prime Minister for the second time to reinforce that no-deal should not be an option in the Brexit debate.

A no-deal Brexit would cause severe damage to UK manufacturing and risks huge job losses as the impact on trade will be too hard to bear for many companies.

On the 12th of December, CECIMO met several officials from the DG Trade of the European Commission to discuss the upcoming Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the US. Based on the discussed, the negotiations will focus on non-tariff barriers, rather than tariffs. The scope of this agreement will be limited to industrial goods and services and machinery is a key sector.

The MTA has been working with the Institute of Export (IoE) to help businesses to up-skill in readiness for the UK’s 29th March exit from the European Union.  We are pleased to inform members that the IoE are running courses in association with HMRC to offer this help. MTA members will be able to access these at a discount and obtain help to apply for HMRC grants to pay for part of the training. 

As 2018 has turned into 2019 the politics of Brexit have, if anything, become even more fraught. With the Article 50 Deadline of March 29th fast approaching and still little sign of a political solution planning for an exit by the UK without a Deal is becoming ever more timely. Over Christmas the Government published a document to help companies to do this. A copy is attached.

EU negotiators on Monday agreed on CO2 emission rules for cars and vans, as the Austrian presidency of the EU defied expectations and brokered a compromise.

But the deal has already been branded as both “insufficient” by green campaigners and “unrealistic” by the car industry.

According to an agreement reached by the European Parliament and the 28 EU member states late last night, CO2 emissions from new cars will have to decrease by 37.5% by 2030 and 31% for vans.

Entire aircraft wing assemblies could be transported by intelligent, autonomous robots at the vast Airbus production facility in North Wales following a collaborative research project with engineers at the AMRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Group.

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, December 2018:  The latest edition of the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) showed a further acceleration in output growth in the 3 months to December and is at its fastest since July.  Output expanded in 15 of the 17 sub-sectors covered by the ITS with, encouragingly, the fastest growing of these including Mechanical Engineering (alongside Food & Drink and Chemicals).  However, respondents to the ITS do expect output to slow somewhat over t

CECIMO has decided to go forward with a meaningful description change that best reflects the industry the Association serves.

Machine tools are indispensable in any smart factory of the future. At the same time, fresh opportunities for innovation are constantly arising from the blurred line between the physical and digital worlds and the emergence of new technologies. This was the impetus for discussing a better description for the industry that CECIMO represents.

Join the EEF 19 February 2019 for EEF's National Manufacturing Conference and Dinner at the QEII Centre, London and the London Hilton on Park Lane.