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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.

Machinists are getting used to the new terminology. Tool manufacturers and their users are now familiar with digital twins, the cloud and the smart evaluation of Big Data. All this is happening in response to the "Industrial Internet of Things IIoT" – one of the key themes of EMO Hannover 2019. 

Do you want to solve an issue that is impacting your productivity and sales? It might be a problem with product reliability, manufacturability/cost of product or product lifetime.

Book onto one of our briefing events to hear more about the A4I programme in advance of the £4m competition opening in February.

Do you want to solve an issue that is impacting your productivity and sales? It might be a problem with product reliability, manufacturability/cost of product or product lifetime.

Book onto one of our briefing events to hear more about the A4I programme in advance of the £4m competition opening in February.

Government’s official guidance on trading with EU under No Deal is here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/767811/Partnership_pack_prepare_for_no_deal_changes_at_border__Third_edition_.pdf  

After the upheavals of last week, this week has seen less sound and fury in Parliament but plenty of plotting as all sides in the Brexit debate struggled to demonstrate their strengths. It seems to have been a bad week for advocates of a second referendum or a soft Brexit Norway relationship (who managed to fall out with each other).

Last week saw the MTA host a pavilion at the National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition in Dublin for the first time. The pavilion, under the MTA’s own brand Future Engineering Ireland, saw 16 companies attend the one day event which attracted over 4,000 visitors.

European Industrial Production, November 2018:  The data published by Eurostat makes gloomy reading with total industrial production (mostly manufacturing, but also including the output of utilities and extraction industries) falling by -1.7% compared to October for the Euro-zone and by -1.3% for the EU28.  Looking back 12 months to November 2017, Euro-zone industrial production fell by -3.3%, with a reduction of -2.2% in the EU28.

The EURIS Taskforce, a body of trade organisations representing UK manufacturing worth £148 billion in turnover, is calling for an extension to Article 50 following the result of last night’s Brexit vote.

EURIS is concerned that the outcome of the vote increases the chances of a no-deal Brexit, which would cause severe damage to UK manufacturing and risk huge job losses as the impact on trade would be too hard to bear for many companies.

In response to feedback from employers, the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) have developed new products for employers about off-the-job training and guidance supporting young apprentices.

Off-the-job training

Brexit continues to tie the Government and Parliament alike up in knots. This week the Prime Minister lost a vote on her Deal but won one on the Confidence of the House in her Government. So, we are at a Parliamentary impasse. There is a majority in the House for leaving the EU as per the Referendum and there is a majority for not doing so without a Deal in place. The latter fact has made many commentators, and certainly the markets, more positive about avoiding a No Deal Brexit.

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