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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.

The MTA is a member of the EURIS task force, a group of Trade Associations acting as a representative body providing industry views to the UK government on the potential impacts of the changing relationship between the UK and EU, especially in respect of Standards and Regulation.

UK Manufacturing Output, May 2017:  There were some mixed messages in the latest manufacturing output data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  Total manufacturing output in the latest 3 months (March, April and May 2017) was -1.1% down on the figure for the previous 3 months (December 2016 and January and February 2017), but was +0.9% higher than the same period a year earlier (March, April and May 2016).  Although the ONS point to “widespread weakness across the

The Department for International Trade (DIT) London Region and ERDF's Global Growth Project in collaboration with the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames are inviting London SME's to a full day event about trading with the USA.

Why attend?

The formal launch of the EPSRC Future Metrology Hub takes place on Wednesday 13th September.

The day will be an opportunity to hear from and network with a variety of industry and academic partners, learn more about the Hubs research plans, and find out about how the Hub will be engaging with and supporting the UK industrial and academic communities over the next seven years.

Wednesday and Thursday of this week saw the 12th Annual Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing International Conference hosted by the University of Nottingham. The event has grown from small beginnings to become one of the global ‘must attend’ events for these emerging technologies with hundreds of delegates from across the world.

In April 2017 the first cohort of military veterans successfully completed their training and started work as part of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re: Start program ( 

On September 1st 2017, Raconteur will publish a 16-page B2B report in The Times newspaper on Future of Manufacturing in association with MTA. 

The full media kit for the project, including the editorial synopsis, readership figures, ROI and rate card can be downloaded here:

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PMI, UK and Euro-zone, June 2017:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector fell again to stand at 54.3 in June (56.3 in May) and many of the headlines picked up on this trend.  However, this is slightly misleading because this reading still implies a healthy level of growth for the manufacturing sector and it remains significantly above the long-run average.  Both production and new orders grew, although at a slower pace than in May, and price pres

The MTA Business Survey for June, which is one of our slightly longer quarterly surveys, has been running all week and we already have a good response.  However, we want to encourage as many MTA members as possible to participate as this survey provides a valuable indicator of the health (or otherwise) of the manufacturing technology sector.  You can access the on-line form at - we look forw

Earlier this week the MTA were represented at a meeting of a number of trade association and officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to discuss Brexit. The Government is looking for evidence on some of the technical challenges that would be posed to trade if/when the UK leaves the single market.