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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.

CECIMO has just published new ‘Guidelines for CE marking on metal working milling machines’. This is the third publication in a series of guidelines aimed at supporting market surveillance authorities, customs authorities and economic operators to assess the conformity of machines with existing European product safety law.

The MTA Business Survey for August is still open for your replies, but we will be closing this towards the end of next week before heading off for EMO.  With thanks to those who have already responded, we would like to encourage as many MTA members as possible to contribute to this survey.  You can access the on-line form at - we look forward to hearing from you.

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, August 2017:  The UK manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) improved to its highest level for 4 months and the second highest in over 3 years at 56.9;  the faster rate of expansion was spread across all of the product categories.  Output increased at its fastest rate for seven months and although the home market was the main source of growth in orders, new export business also remained robust, with the weakness of Sterling being reported as boos

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The additive manufacturing (AM) industry is thriving. The global value of the AM market is expected to triple between 2004 and 2018, and hit 17.9 bn EUR by 2021. Applications in the aerospace and medical sectors have reached already industrial series production, while industries like the automotive are moving beyond prototyping functionalities.

During EMO, CELIMO (the European group for Associations representing importers and distributors in our sector) will be holding an International meeting which will feature presentations on the economic and market situation in Europe, Japan, India and the USA and, perhaps most importantly, following this with a reception a buffet lunch which presents an excellent opportunity for networking with colleagues and potential new contacts in the industry.

The August edition of the MTA Business Survey has just been launched and we would encourage all MTA members to take part in this survey which provides a valuable tracking of activity across our sector.  The on-line form is available at - we look forward to your input, whether you are regular responders or this will be the first time you have taken part in the survey.

UK GDP, Investment and Productivity, 2nd Quarter 2017:  The second estimate of UK GDP from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirmed that the economy grew by +0.3% compared to the previous quarter and the annualised growth rate was also unchanged from that in the first release at +1.7%.

An autonomous robotic solution for improving process time and health and safety during the manufacture of cardboard boxes has been developed by the Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG) of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

The system was developed for The Cardboard Box Company, an SME based in Accrington that designs, prints and manufactures bespoke corrugated packaging solutions for industrial, retail or promotional displays.

Midlands manufacturers can see the latest in inspection and condition monitoring at Materials Testing 2017, which takes place from 5-7 September in Telford, UK.

The biennial event, which returns to the Midlands, is the world’s most comprehensive exhibition of non-destructive testing (NDT), materials testing, condition monitoring and diagnostic technologies.