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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.

Three and a half years after the referendum, the United Kingdom left the European Union on January 31st, turning Brexit into a reality. But the relationship between the two sides remains largely undefined, and the remainder of 2020 — the transition period — will be critical in negotiating a trade agreement. Governments on both sides are attempting to lead intense negotiations as they struggle with the constraints and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to ensure an effective EU response to the coronavirus crisis that would pave the way to a fair socio-economic recovery, the European Commission published a recovery plan for Europe. CECIMO welcomes the EU Recovery plan - Europe's moment: Repair and Prepare for the Next Generation and we believe that a full recovery of the Machine Tool industry is essential to repair and revitalize the European Single Market.

Earlier in the month, when he announced the extension of the Job Retention, or Furlough, Scheme to October, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that he would expect employers to start paying something towards it from the beginning of July. That something seems likely to be 20% of an employee’s salary, the Government will continue to pay 60% so the employee will continue to receive 80% up to a cap of £2,500. It is worth noting that NIC and pension contributions are likely to have be restarted too

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will put in place a series of measures to amend insolvency and company law to relieve the burden on businesses during the coronavirus outbreak and allow them to focus all their efforts on continuing to operate. The Bill has three main aims; the first two relating to the insolvency regime and the third to corporate governance:

The National Cyber Security Centre was set up by the government in 2016. Among its tasks are supporting businesses and Covid 19 has made that even more important as criminals have sought to take advantage of so much business activity  moving online. You may find some of the links below useful


From Tuesday 26 May 2020, small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, will be able to apply to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees.  

The Warwickshire Manufacturing Alliance is seeking to engage with organisations who are either existing manufacturers and suppliers of medical grade PPE or organisations that have the potential to diversify and manufacture medical grade PPE (with advice and guidance if required to achieve specification).

CECIMO is organizing a webinar on “Latest developments on the use of IoT technologies in manufacturing production” on 19 May at 11.00 am (CET).

The purpose of this webinar is to improve the production process with the implementation of current and future IoT technologies. The webinar will also tackle the challenges that companies face when adopting the most appropriate IoT technologies for their needs.

UWR will participate in the simulated F3 CUP – and you can watch it live online

While we wait for any news of the racing season resuming, UWR will be participating in the UK Sim F3 Challenge during May and June 2020.

This simulated F3 racing competition features more than 30 drivers, meaning a jam-packed grid, across 6 rounds of driving at virtual versions of some of the most iconic circuits in the UK.

Why would I take part?

To identify areas of opportunity in your current operations to improve efficiency. To understand how easy it is for your customers to trade with you. For some independent advice on how to utilise technology and automation to save time and cost

 What’s the aim?