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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.

Evidence is showing the government that the biggest skills problem among small and medium-sized manufacturers is in leadership and management.

Clare Porter, head of manufacturing at the Business Department (BEIS), told a conference this week that this is the number one skills gap: ‘That is what companies themselves say they want support with,’ she said.

MTA has a meeting with officials at the Business Department (BEIS) on Rules of Origin next Thursday, part of an on-going engagement.  The Rules will be of considerable significant for our sector in the UK’s trade negotiations with the EU and other countries.  Members who wish to comment ahead of the meeting are invited to email

EURIS, a group set up by trade associations representing industrial product suppliers to advise the government on the potential impacts of Brexit, has written to key advisors in the main political parties ahead of the general election, re-iterating key Brexit messages.

BSI has launched PAS 1040: Digital Readiness – Guide to Adopting Digital Technologies in Manufacturing.  Publicly available specifications (PAS) are intended to speed up standardisation in a sector. PAS 1040 is free to download here:

STEELFAB 2020 takes place in Sharjah, UAE (13-16 January). As the Middle East’s largest exhibition for Metalworking, Metal Manufacturing and the Steel Fabrication Industries, it is a good opportunity to meet new customers and partners, as well as reinvigorating existing relationships.

Visitors are from Oil+Gas, Construction+Fabrication, Aerospace, Automotive, Shipbuilding, Medical, White Goods, etc.

Showcase your exhibition content to millions

The 2020 edition of Future Engineering Ireland (FEI) will take place on 29-30th January at CItyWest, Dublin and there are a few stands remaining in the zone.

UK Finance, the trade association for the banking industry, has launched a campaign linked to Brexit called ‘Let’s Talk Business’.  It is aimed mostly at SMEs and has a 10-point checklist, with subjects including supply chains, cross-border banking, VAT and staffing:   Comment welcome at

The Intellectual Property Office has produced guidance for businesses and organisations holding EU trademarks after the UK leaves the EU. 

The UK is to have a general election on December 12. One important result is that the new government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill will not be subject to scrutiny in any detail before the election.  As in today’s newspapers, Donald Trump has made various comments about the election and has suggested that the government’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU would scupper a good deal with the US.