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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.

Prodrive’s innovation initiative, The RAPID Challenge returns for 2021 and applications are now open. The focus on hardware start-ups remains and they have many new partners contributing to our biggest prize package yet worth £75K 

After a year of cancelled events due to the pandemic, we are delighted to inform you that EPHJ (formerly EPHJ – EMPT – SMT) will take place this year.

Please find attached the new CECIMO Economic and Statistical Toolbox for the first quarter of 2021.

UK Quarterly National Accounts and Investment, 1st Quarter 2021:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the detailed analysis of the data of the 1st quarter of 2021 - this shows a small downward revision so that the UK economy is now estimated to have contracted by -1.6% (the first estimate was -1.5%) compared to the previous quarter and is -8.8% (formerly -8.7%) lower than a year earlier.

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from IHS Markit eased down to 55.5 in the latest iteration of this survey.  As we will see in our travels around the world, Europe has the strongest PMI read

The Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA - of which MTA is a member) has responded to questions from the business department (BEIS) about the awareness and readiness of UK manufacturing companies relating to the UKCA mark rules which come fully into force from January 1 next year.  The points made by EAMA included: 

BSI is running a FREE webinar on 14 July at 14:00 - 16:00 UK time to discuss the challenge and highlight the issues of how the UK is banning the sale of new combustion-engine vehicles from 2030, but this is only half the story.  

A webinar to explain the government’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio is being presented by the business department, BEIS and the Knowledge Transfer Network, KTN.   

Established in 2019, new MTA Member Loopcycle is a product traceability platform that redefines the management, recovery and resale of valuable secondary products, driving integrity within the reuse marketplace. 

The MTA have partnered with @MediaplanetUK on a 5G campaign this week which was launched both online and in the Guardian. A link to the campaign which includes a piece by our CEO James Selka can be found at