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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.

Between April and May 2021, CECIMO organized the second round of its European Additive Manufacturing Survey, which aims to assess key market trends in the Additive Manufacturing (AM) sector.

We don’t normally report on the data for car sales (actually registrations) but there are a couple of striking things in the latest data on new vehicles that are published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT). 

UK Manufacturing Output, May 2021:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the manufacturing output data for May at the end of last week.  Following “no change” in April, there was a marginal reduction in May but our preferred measure of the 3-month rolling trend showed that total manufacturing output in the latest 3 months (March, April and May 2021) was +1.5%...

Onward, a think-tank campaigning for “mainstream conservatism”, has called on the government to produce a national plan for manufacturing. 

Prodrive’s innovation initiative, The RAPID Challenge returns for 2021 and applications are now open. The focus on hardware start-ups remains and they have many new partners contributing to our biggest prize package yet worth £75K 

After a year of cancelled events due to the pandemic, we are delighted to inform you that EPHJ (formerly EPHJ – EMPT – SMT) will take place this year.

Please find attached the new CECIMO Economic and Statistical Toolbox for the first quarter of 2021.

UK Quarterly National Accounts and Investment, 1st Quarter 2021:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the detailed analysis of the data of the 1st quarter of 2021 - this shows a small downward revision so that the UK economy is now estimated to have contracted by -1.6% (the first estimate was -1.5%) compared to the previous quarter and is -8.8% (formerly -8.7%) lower than a year earlier.

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from IHS Markit eased down to 55.5 in the latest iteration of this survey.  As we will see in our travels around the world, Europe has the strongest PMI read

The Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA - of which MTA is a member) has responded to questions from the business department (BEIS) about the awareness and readiness of UK manufacturing companies relating to the UKCA mark rules which come fully into force from January 1 next year.  The points made by EAMA included: