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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.

Delivered directly by their expert engineering team at the home of the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing, this face-to-face course will provide you with knowledge of the associated principles, processes, materials and design approaches of additive manufacturing.

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As you know MTA has been working with our partner trade associations within EURIS to promote the interests of our industry in Brexit negotiations. We have had considerable success in getting political attention to the specific needs of product manufacturers, as seen in many of the terms of the recent Chequers agreement and resulting White Paper.

The World Cutting Tool Conference takes place every 3 years and the next edition will be held in Germany from 26th to 29th June 2019 (the meeting will be held in Tegernsee, near Munich).  The programme will include technical visits, conference sessions with “high ranking speakers” and networking opportunities with delegates from across the world attending.  The announcement brochure - which includes a few more details - can be downloaded below.

UK GDP, 2nd Quarter 2018:  With the new publishing calendar, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published a raft of industry related data alongside the first estimate of GDP for the 2nd quarter of 2018 this morning.  Our timescales mean that this article focuses mainly on the GDP data and we will give more details of the manufacturing, investment and trade data next week.

University of Sheffield have put out a Request for Quotation, the AMRC are looking to purchase a metal additive manufacturing system. Below you can find the details of the specification they are looking for.  

II.2.3) Place of performance

Main site or place of performance: 

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Rotherham, South Yorkshire

II.2.4) Description of the procurement

Manufacturing 2075 is a one-day symposium focusing on the long term global manufacturing challenges.

The event will start with a set of keynotes from manufacturing thought leaders, social science experts, educationists and technology innovators followed by a series of brainstorming sessions to capture delegate imaginations. We will publish a post-symposium report to stimulate a long-term manufacturing research and education debate in the UK and around the world. 

There is still just time to get your return for the July edition of the MTA Business Survey back to us if you have not done so already - it will be closing early next week.  This is a valuable survey as it provides an early overview of the manufacturing technology sector which complements more wide-ranging information which we report in the Friday Brief.

ENGINEERS have turned up the volume on additive manufacturing to collaborate with a high-tech audio company to develop parts for some of its luxury products.

A team from the Design and Prototyping Group at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) were approached by local firm Wilson Benesch to use its additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities to realise a selection of new titanium components.

It is with great sadness we have to announce Dugard company Chairman Bob Dugard passed away peacefully at Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton on the 5th of August after a long illness which he fought in his typical “never give up” fashion. His wife Margaret was at his bedside when he slipped away, our heartfelt condolences go to her, children Charlotte, Martin, Paul, step daughter Kathryn and all those close to him.