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The MTA Business Survey for October was launched on Thursday.  This survey provides a valuable overview of the business situation for the manufacturing technologies industry and, in these uncertain and changing times, it is important that we get as much input as possible.  The on-line form available at and we look forward to hearing from as many MTA members as possible over the next few days

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) are pleased to announce the launch of their new podcast. The podcast will be a new regular feature of the MTA’s communication’s strategy and a way to get all the latest important news to our membership.

The podcast are hosted by the MTA’s PR and Communications Manager Tom Lane and will feature other members of the MTA and MACH teams as the series progresses.

We are delighted to confirm we have two excellent speakers for this year’s AGM, Lunch and House of Commons Reception.

The ongoing negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council to set up an EU cybersecurity certification framework will have profound implications for the future of Europe’s industrial system, European companies being the first impacted by the final design of the framework.

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, October 2018:  One of the data elements that we trailed during the forecast seminar was the CBI Industrial Trends Survey and, in particular, the questions around investment intentions.  As we anticipated, the outlook for capital spending on plant & machinery weakened significantly in this survey, falling to its lowest level since July 2009.  All three of our key sub-sectors, Transport Equipment, Machinery and Metal Products saw a significant

Last week we released our new forecasts for the UK market at our annual seminar.  We have now updated the presentations from that event with notes taken during the seminar and members can download the annotated version from the MTA web-site at;  as this is a valuable member service, you will need your user name and password to access this page.  As this is writte

European Industrial Production, August 2018:  The latest data from Eurostat shows that total industrial production in the Euro-zone increased by +1.0% compared to July and was +0.9% higher than in August 2017;  for the EU28 as a whole, the equivalent figures were +0.8% and +1.2% respectively.  Note that total industrial production includes manufacturing along with the extraction and utilities industries.

Following the success of our first event earlier this year, we are holding a second half-day workshop, delivered by Business Psychologist, Alan Bradshaw, which explores the management of common health problems and introduces a new, evidence-based approach called the ‘Health Work Toolbox'

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We released our new forecasts for the UK machine tool and cutting tool market at the Forecast Seminar held yesterday at member company, Iscar Tools Ltd.  Delegates heard Adrian Cooper, CEO and Chief Economist at Oxford Economics (OE) paint a picture of a global economy that is still growing, albeit at a slower pace than in 2017, in the face of a range of issues including increased protectionism, the Chinese Government’s attempts to re-balance its economy, over-valued equity markets, rising...

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a small fall in total manufacturing output for August;  however, we prefer to focus on the 3-month rolling trend which shows output in the latest 3 months (June, July and August) grew by +0.8% compared to the 3 months (March, April  and May), with growth of +1.5% compared to the same months last year (June, July and August 2017).  This was largely due to good months in June and July which is a theme we will return to when...