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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.

With MACH 2018 just around the corner and the fact that the government has declared next year as the ‘Year of Engineering’, we would like to gain the support of all our members and exhibitors by championing this project.

We would like to ask you to sign the below letter on behalf of your company to pledge your commitment to promoting engineering as a career.

During its meeting held on 22 November 2017 in Brussels, the CECIMO General Assembly elected Dr Roland Feichtl as President of CECIMO for a period of two years.

Succeeding in this role Mr Luigi Galdabini, Managing Director at CESARE GALDABINI S.p.A., Dr Feichtl has been entrusted with the responsibility of leading the European Association that represents more than a third of the world machine tool (MT) production.

Monday saw the publication of the Government’s long awaited Industrial Strategy White Paper. This follows on from the Consultative (Green) Paper that was published in January. That paper outlined ten pillars that the Government then saw as key organising principles. This week’s paper, subtitled Building a Britain fit for the future, was different with broader headings such as ‘Ideas, People and Places.

The CECIMO General Assembly, which took place in Brussels on 22nd November, announced that CECIMO machine tool production is expected to register a 2% annual growth in 2017 and reach 24.4 billion euro, rebounding from the last year’s drop slightly below 24 billion. While the world production volume dropped by -2.4%, CECIMO based companies kept the sales downturn at -1.7% in 2016, coping better with the geopolitical distress and maintaining our global market share at a strong 35.6%.

Wednesday saw the second Budget of the year with the Chancellor hoping for a better reaction that attended the first which unravelled as it became clear that he hadn’t factored in political reaction to raising National Insurance Contributions. That was before the snap election removed any scope for politically difficult decisions.

A £4m state-of the-art training hub was officially opened last week, with bosses urging other manufacturers to step forward to avoid a skills drain caused by the uncertainty of Brexit.

UK Manufacturing Output, 3rd Quarter 2017:  With publication of the September figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) we have the data for the 3rd quarter of the year and we will focus on this rather than the monthly trend.  Total manufacturing output grew by +1.1% compared to the previous quarter and was +2.8% higher than in the 3rd quarter of 2016.

We have updated the files on the MTA web-site with the presentations given by John Walker and Jeremy Leonard at our recent forecast seminar - these now include notes that were taken during their talks which give some more flavour around the slide, especially for those members who were not at the event.

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust has conducted its annual award of prestigious Scholarships to future leaders of the engineering profession. A record 413 sixth form Scholarships have been awarded this year at Ceremonies in London and Edinburgh.

This half day workshop will take place on 14th December, in Leamington Spa. The event offers practical guidance and advice for manufacturing businesses that are looking to growth by diversifying. It will cover what you need to know for Operational Fitness for Diversifying, what Quality Standards you will need to consider and what Marketing you will need to carry out to reach and engage with your target markets and audiences.