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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.

HVM Catapult are working with the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofers in Germany to take a global survey of industrial energy efficiency. They need your help. 

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator and Capacity Utilisation, April 2021:  The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for six sectors of the economy and then uses five of these (financial services is not included in the ESI) to compile its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI).  Because of the data collection periods, the month (April) is that in which the data is published but the data really refers to March - simi

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers are running a Decarbonisation in Industry day on 24th June. There’s an early bird discount available until 30th April so make sure you reserve your space if you’re thinking of attending by following the link at the end of this story.  

The CBI is conducting their annual Education and Skills Survey (TESS), sponsored by Birbeck, University of London. Against the backdrop of coronavirus and Brexit, TESS will identify business priorities on key issues like retraining and youth employment and where further support is required. Your answers will directly inform the CBI’s engagement with the government while also providing invaluable evidence for discussions across Westminster.

UK trade strategy is sharply criticised in a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade & Export Promotion, just published.

Summarising, APPG vice-chair Lord Lansley said: “There is an immediate need for clarity in the UK’s approach with international partners.”

The MTA attended ‘An Overview of the General Export Facility’ Webinar this week, hosted by UK Export Finance (UKEF) and the Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA) on 20th April. Members can access the presentation and recording via the links below.

In the coming weeks, the Department for Education (DfE) and the Strategic Development Network (SDN) are hosting a series of free webinars for employers looking at what industry placements are, how they might contribute to your workforce development in the current circumstances, and the support currently available.  

The MTA is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted as finalists in the Association Excellence Awards in two award categories. 

Please be advised that a New Work Item Proposal has been loaded to the BSI Standards Development Portal for comment. We hope this will assist in increasing awareness of the Standards Development Portfolio. Any comments received will be submitted to AMT/8 – Additive Manufacturing, for consideration when deciding the UK response to CEN.

Proposal: CEN/TC 438 N 234 Additive manufacturing of metals — Non-destructive testing and evaluation — Defect detection in parts.

The 5G campaign by mediaplanet will be launching on 28th June distributed it in the Guardian newspaper and online at