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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.

University of Wolverhampton Racing continued their dominant form at Donington Park, securing three P2’s from three races, and 2nd place in the championship behind the 2018 winner, Cian Carey. 

Production managers in manufacturing often have to ask themselves: should we continue with conventional machining and coolant lubricants, or do dry machining or minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) represent viable alternatives? Several factors influence this decision. In Part 1 of this two-part series of technical articles being published in the run-up to EMO Hannover 2019, lubrication system experts and scientists give their assessment.

So, Brexit hit yet another deadline at yet another European Summit and yet again the issue was fudged. The Prime Minister is stuck outside a meeting room in Brussels while the remaining 27 discuss the possibility of her getting a deal of some sort passed. Whatever your views, it’s not a great look for British diplomacy. However, we will now see the UK remain in the EU until the 31st of October.

UK Manufacturing Output, February 2019:  The headline data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed total manufacturing output grew by +0.3% in the three months to February (December 2018 and January and February 2019 compared to September, October and November 2018) but this is mainly attributed to increases in the pharmaceuticals (which is often volatile) and food & drink industries (where strong export sales of Scotch Whisky have led the way).  Compared to

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Join the MTC for their Focus on Metrology event on 3 July 2019 to discover the art of the possible – and how it can benefit manufacturers.

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, March 2019:  The headline of the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector this week appeared to be good news with an increase to 55.1, its highest level for just over a year.  Companies saw increases in both output and new orders, which led to an increase in employment following two months when this has fallen.  However, all the evidence is that this is driven by stock-piling, either within companies or by their customers, as a he

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, March 2019:  The headline of the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector this week appeared to be good news with an increase to 55.1, its highest level for just over a year.  Companies saw increases in both output and new orders, which led to an increase in employment following two months when this has fallen.  However, all the evidence is that this is driven by stock-piling, either within companies or by their customers, as a he

The MTA Business Survey for March was launched at the start of the week.  This is one of our slightly longer quarterly surveys, but we hope that won’t put you off.  The on-line form available at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-mar19 and we would encourage all MTA members to participate as it provides a unique insight into the fortunes of the manufacturing technology sector.

The Brexit situation is currently as fluid as the stuff which is at the time of writing (afternoon of the 4th April) is currently flowing through the ceiling of the House of Commons. Yesterday Parliament voted to mandate the PM to ask for an extension to the Article 50 Period.

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