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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.

A new list of harmonised standards under the Machinery Directive was published on 19 March 2019. The list withdrew the references of three standards on mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic presses (EN 692, EN 693 and EN 13736). The withdrawal of references was done without foreseeing any transition period.

The BSI Standards Conference & Awards is an opportunity to enable cross-sector knowledge sharing and networking.

The new government is going full steam ahead with preparations for trade negotiations early in the new year, anticipating that, with an overall majority, its Withdrawal Agreement Bill will be passed quickly into law and the UK will leave the EU.  It is important that it has a clear view of what matters most to business sectors, for example in terms of Rules of Origin, and the MTA will be engaging further with officials. 

Prime minister Boris Johnson says he will double public R&D spending to £18 billion by 2025, to off-set the loss of EU funding after Brexit.  His pledge, during intensive political campaigning in the West Midlands, has highlighted uncertainty over the extent of future UK involvement in EU-led projects, including the Horizon Europe, the seven-year, £100 billion programme due to start in 2021. 

The MTA technical team recently attended the ISO TC39 SC2 meeting for the development of standards for the test conditions for metal cutting machine tools. The meeting was held in the UK for the first time since 2013 at the BSI headquarters in Chiswick, London. The meeting was well attended, with 11 countries represented, and with MTA members, the University of Huddersfield and Renishaw, representing the UK position during the various discussions.

Smart IoT, taking place 11th-12th March 2020 at ExCeL London, is excited to announce a partnership with the MTA (Manufacturing Technologies Association) at the show next March. This underlines the manufacturing and industrial focus within the show, which is led by high level content and key solution providers.

BEAMA Contract Price Adjustment Service:  Do you have long-term contracts, either with customers or suppliers?  Have you thought about incorporating something in the contract that allows you to adjust the price according to changes in input costs?

Manufacturing PMI, October 2019:  We reported last week on the small improvement in the UK PMI reading in October, although it remains below the crucial 50 level.  This was mainly driven by a further round of stock-building, with orders, output and employment in the sector all falling in October.

The October edition of the MTA Business Survey is still running and we would encourage all MTA members to participate.  The on-line form is available at and as we go through the Election campaign, it will be important that we can track the latest situation in the manufacturing technology sector.  With thanks to those who have responded already, we look forward to hearing from more of you ove

On the 13th & 14th November 2019, Romi UK will be hosting the ‘Blue Circle Event’. With Romi stock machines on sale and technical seminars at their Rugby showroom.