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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 comprehensive review of the performance of Britain’s manufacturing sector in 2016 was launched at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on Thursday 15 December to 90 people across manufacturing, government and academia.

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) has strengthened its relationship with one of Europe’s foremost research technology bodies – the Danish Technological Institute (DTI).

Both organisations have been working together for the past 12 months on a pan-European automation project called ROBOTT-NET with partners in Germany and Spain, and as a result of this, the MTC and DTI have signed a ‘letter of intent’ signalling greater collaboration.

Next week should see the publication of a consultation, or Green Paper on the Government’s approach to Industrial Strategy. This was a commitment that the Prime Minister made even before she became party leader and will be a step towards fulfilling the full name of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department. Some of the themes that it will address are likely to be familiar; promoting R&D and Skills for example.

UK Manufacturing Output, November 2016:  The headline figures on the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) pointed to a sharp rise in output in November, but this was largely due to a return to production of the Buzzard oil field following a period of maintenance.  However, manufacturing activity did pick up in November following a weak October;  this means that manufacturing output in the last 3 months (September, October and November 2016) was +0.2% high

We have been asked by EAMA, an umbrella association of which MTA are members to canvas  opinion amongst our membership on the effect BREXIT will have on the UK supply chain. Please download the attached word document and once completed return to the MTA’s Head of External Affairs Paul O’Donnell via email at

Message from EAMA regarding the Survey     

Scarborough UTC opened its doors in October 2016. Alongside core GCSEs and A Levels in subjects such as English, maths and science, students of Scarborough UTC can study Level 2 and Level 3 technical qualifications in engineering and product design.

CECIMO are currently running a digitisation campaign with the objective being to accelerate the uptake of digital solutions provided by the European machine tool industry. They aim to do this by capturing a number of case studies showing where machine tool manufacturers has provided a digital solutions for customers. They would ideally like the digital solutions to cover a variety of sectors (i.e. automotive, aerospace, medical, other machinery industry…).

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, December 2016:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector reached a 30-month high of 56.1 with both output and new orders growing strongly with business coming from both domestic and overseas customers;  these trends were spread across the sub-sectors.  Although price pressures remain a drag, these eased in line with the settling of the exchange rate.  Employment in the sector grew for the 5th consecutive month.

Researchers from the Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre are working with a former soldier who caught a devastating disease in Afghanistan to develop an advanced mobility aid that could change the lives of millions of disabled people.

Corporal Phil Eaglesham contracted Q Fever – also known as Helmand Fever - during active service in Afghanistan.

Silverstone Innovation Centre NN12 8GX

17 January 2017 from 08:30 to 16:30

With the Exporting is GREAT campaign continuing into 2017, the Export Hub is on its way to Silverstone Park with an Express Export Programme.