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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.

Robotics and automation are among the key technologies for ensuring lasting international success. Cobots interact directly with humans and give manufacturing companies a competitive edge in the market. At EMO Hannover 2019, trade visitors will find countless automation solutions and collaborative robots aimed at enhancing productivity.

The EURIS Taskforce, a body of trade organisations representing UK manufacturing worth £148 billion in turnover and with 1.1 million employees, has today written to all Conservative leadership candidates to highlight that no-deal should not be an option in the Brexit debate. 

A no-deal Brexit would cause severe damage to UK manufacturing and risks huge job losses as the impact on trade will be too hard to bear for many companies.

Already in 2019, many changes have taken place in the world of employment law. Several important changes occurred earlier this year in April, including a rise in minimum wages and pension contributions, payslip laws, and pay reporting, to name a few.

With further new developments and changes to come in the near future, it’s important to know how to adapt to and comply with these laws to protect your business and avoid risk.

The MTA recently met officials at the Department for Education to discuss how Trade Associations can reduce & focus communications and assist MTA members to engage with and benefit from T-Levels.

The manufacturing sector plays a significant role in the UK economy. As measured in the national accounts, it provides over 2.7 million jobs, makes up 49 percent of UK exports, and contributes 66 percent of all UK R&D business expenditure (Office for National Statistics, 2018). However, based on current measurements, manufacturing contributes only around 10 percent to national GDP, apparently dwarfed by the services sector which makes a 70 percent contribution to GDP.

Join the MTC on the 27th June to help promote diversity and celebrate International Women in Engineering Day and the 100th anniversary of the Women in Engineering Society.

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, May 2019:  After the run of positive data from the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector generated by stock-building in the first 4 months of the year, May saw the first reading below the crucial 50 level since July 2016 - that month was the first data collection period after the Brexit referendum.  In their News Release, IHS Markit, who compile the PMI’s, note that both new orders and employment have fallen and that stockpilin

Prototype parts have been developed by the University of Sheffield AMRC for a company aiming to disrupt the mechanical power transmission market with its redesign of the roller chain - producing one that promises to be more durable, lightweight and low maintenance.

Conventional roller chains, and the toothed wheel sprockets that drive them, are used on everything from bicycles and cars to printing presses and ships.




The IOA Noise and Vibration Engineering Group together with HSE will run this meeting in London to encourage low noise design inside and outside the factory. 

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator, May 2019:  The European Commission’s (EC) Economic Sentiment Index (ESI) increased in the Euro-zone but was only flat in the EU28.  The improvements were, inevitably therefore, mainly in Euro-zone countries with a sharp recovery in France and significant pick-ups for both Italy and Spain, although Germany only saw a modest improvement compared to April.  The weaker position of the EU28 is due to a sharp deterioration in the ES