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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.

Guests are invited to join the HP 3D Printing team for an exciting day at the MTC facilities, with special guest speakers Mark Barrington from Jaguar Land Rover and FDM Digital Solutions’ CEO Graeme Bond, hosted at the Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC).

UK Manufacturing Output, 4th Quarter 2017:  Publication of the December data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) of course means that we get both the 4th quarter and full year trends for the UK manufacturing sector and its industries.  The headline figure shows manufacturing output increased by +1.2% in the 4th quarter and by +2.9% for the year as a whole.  In 2017, UK manufacturing output was at its highest level since 2007.

The MTA Business Survey for January is still open for your responses; while we have had a reasonable number of replies so far, more is always better, so we would encourage you to get your data and opinion back to us as quickly as possible.  The on-line form at is still open - we look forward to hearing from you.

What is a PIA? When are they required under GDPR? And how to integrate them into planned (or existing) project activities as part of privacy-by-design and overall privacy management.


o Introduction to BSI Cybersecurity and Information Resilience

o Overview of GDPR

o What is a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)?

o PIA Requirements under GDPR

o PIAs in the context of overall privacy-by- design and GDPR compliance

CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industry, and EPMA, the European Powder Metallurgy Association, signed an agreement, which aims at promoting additive manufacturing through diversified actions.

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, January 2018:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector moved down to its lowest level since July 2017, but with the reading at 55.6, it still implies a significant rate of expansion of activity in the sector and is a long way above the long-run average.  The PMI is a composite index of 5 measures of activity and part of the reason for the lower figure is an acceleration of input costs.

The awards are now in their sixth year and continue to provide an opportunity to highlight the talent and enterprising manufacturing skills that the region has to offer. Last year’s winners included Siemens, Jaguar Land Rover, Slingco, Magnesium Elektron, Milliken, Linco, Laila’s Fine Foods, Crawford Healthcare, Evoke Creative and WEC Group.

There is no cost to entering the awards and we have eleven categories in total available:

UK GDP, 4th Quarter 2017:  The preliminary estimate published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this morning put growth in the UK economy at +0.5%;  this is slightly faster than many commentators had been expecting.  This means that the UK economy grew by +1.8% in 2017 (compared to 2016) - again, just a little ahead of expectations, but the slowest annual rate since 2012.

Wednesday 7th March 2018 - 09:00 – 13:30


09:00 – 09:30 – Registration + Coffee

09:30 – 09:45 – Welcome / Introduction to GF (Martin Spencer)

09:45 – 11.00 – GF MS New technology (Benjamin Paganelli)

- Laser Texturing: Introduction to GF surface texturing capabilities, for both decorative and

functional applications.

- Microlution: High precision micro-machining with ultra-short pulsed laser.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) are looking to establish a closer working relationship with the British Standards Institute (BSI). As part of that, we are looking to offer all MTA members access to a number of standards for free. A potential list of standards has been drawn up by the MTA’s Technical Committee, this potential list is shown below.