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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 data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this week showed the expected recovery in output in May, but there is an indication that all is not well in that the increase in total manufacturing output was +1.4% compared to April with that month having seen a fall of -4.1%.  While the decline in April was blamed largely on the automotive shutdowns that were moved from the Summer in case of delays in the supply chain because of Brexit, it is clear that there was also an...

UK GDP, monthly estimate for May 2019:  The ONS also publishes the monthly output data for the services and construction sectors from which the monthly estimate for GDP is built-up.  The rolling 3-month growth rate to May was +0.3% - this is the second consecutive slowing of growth since the peak of +0.5% in March (the April figure was revised up slightly).

The June edition of the MTA Business Survey will remain open for a few more days so if you have not done so already, please go to the secure on-line form at - we look forward to hearing from you.  This is one of our slightly longer quarterly surveys, but we hope that will not put you off.  Sentiment appears to be cooling and it will be important that we maintain the overview of the market si

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, June 2019:  There is very little good news in the manufacturing sector Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data this month.  The UK index fell to 48.0 which is below the post-referendum dip from July 2016 and the weakest since February 2013.  Stock levels at both manufacturers and their clients, which were increased in anticipation of Brexit on 29th March, remain high and this has led to a scaling back of output and new orders, with both domestic

The HSE are hosting an event on the 24th July 2019 at their Science and Research Laboratories in Buxton ( looking at Designing out CNC Machine Metalworking Fluid Mist Inhalation Risks.

Singapore has been a driving force for global innovation for many years, referred to as ‘a mini Silicon Valley’ by Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman.

The University of Wolverhampton has secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to deliver a ‘Composites & Additive Layer Materials Engineering Research & Innovation Centre’ (CALMERIC).

The specialist project is being run by the University’s School of Engineering at the Telford Innovation Campus. 

CECIMO organises on 17 September 2019

the “International Conference on Additive Manufacturing”.

It will take place at EMO Hannover 2019 from 09:30 till 12:30.

Industrial processes can either be digital or sustainable – at least that is the belief of many who have not yet given the issues involved the consideration they deserve. But the VDMA Technology Forum at EMO Hannover will be proving the opposite: applied sensibly and judiciously, digitalisation can even increase sustainability. Four companies whose digital solutions are helping to make the production and use of tools more sustainable offer their insights.

‘Be brave, try new things and don’t be afraid to ask questions’.

That’s the advice Nuclear AMRC researcher and Great British Bake Off winner Rahul Mandal gave to a room full of girls at the launch of #AMRCtribe campaign on Tuesday (June 25).