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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.

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?

Six months after being hailed a ‘game changer’ for the North Wales economy, the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Cymru is playing an essential role in an unfamiliar game, helping save lives as a production facility for thousands of vital medical ventilators.

Since the launch of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) last month, it has already seen a significant number of changes as it evolves and develops to deliver timely and targeted support to SMEs across the UK.

The world machine tool exhibition, promoted by CECIMO, the European Association of Machine Tool Industries, that, after 6 years, will be back in Milan from 4 to 9 October 2021 at fieramilano Rho.

Purchasing Managers’ Index for Manufacturing - UK, April 2020:  Today is a holiday in many countries, especially Europe, so there is limited data available.  We do, however, have the UK figures which confirm the flash data that was released last week with the overall manufacturing PMI falling to 32.6 although this is mitigated to some extent by a modest reduction in stocks of purchases and a record lengthening of supplier delivery times;  these two elements of the PMI calcula

Knowing the future, or at least having a reasonable idea of what it might look like, is vital for any business and MTA has been running a targeted forecasting service for its members for around 40 years.  We now have bi-annual forecasts for the UK market for machine tools and cutting tools, supported crucially by the outlook for the key end-user sectors as well as the UK economy overall.  Alongside this is the Global Machine Tool Forecast, also bi-annual, which looks at the trends for 26...

We are launching the April edition of our Business Survey today.  Just in case you don’t get the e-mail for some reason the on-line form is available at  As in the past couple of months, there are a couple of extra questions to track activity in the current crisis.

We are seeking your help to spread the word about our free e-Learning offer for industry

The challenges brought about by the current remote working environment have created an unprecedented change in the way the workforce across the UK are operating, with full-time remote activity a reality for many. As a result of the new ways of working, online learning platforms have rarely been more important for skills development.

Experience the trade fair feeling up close!

Applications for the next six-month leaders programme run by the Royal Academy of Engineering close on May 11.  The programme is for the founders, managing directors and chief executives of engineering and technology SMEs (but not consultancies), with plans to scale-up the business. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.  It is open to both engineers and non-engineers.