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The MTA is delighted to invite you to attend Manufacturing Data Summit Europe as a complimentary guest, on 1st-2nd June 2021.

This is a unique invitation for Digital, IT & Innovation leaders across Europe to come together, hone their skills and join forces with 100’s of experts who are leading digital transformation initiatives across the manufacturing industry.

Flash Purchasing Managers Index, May 2021:  The flash Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for manufacturing in the UK released this morning accelerated to 66.1 - this is its highest level since the survey began in January 1992.  There were significant increases in output, orders and employment and a return to growth for the stocks of components element, but the index also continues to be inflated by a further lengthening of supply chains.  So far, these only seem to be leading to

UK Manufacturing Output, 1st Quarter 2021:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows that manufacturing output increased by +2.1% in March (compared to February) but because of a weak month in January, there was a quarter-on-quarter fall of -0.7% compared to the 4th period of 2020 and output was -1.7% lower than a year earlier (Q1-20).  On a quarterly basis, the pre-pandemic marker is taken to be the 4th quarter of 2019 - compared to this benchmark, total manufactu

The April edition of the MTA Business Survey was launched on Tuesday;  please take a couple of minutes to participate in this survey - you can do this by using the on-line form which is available at

European GDP, 1st Quarter 2021:  The preliminary flash estimate from Eurostat shows Euro-zone GDP falling by -0.6% compared to the final period of 2020;  as this follows a reduction of -0.7% between Q3 and Q4 last year, the Euro-zone has entered a 2nd phase of the recession usually referred to as a “double-dip”.  For the EU as a whole, the Q1-21 GDP trend was -0.4%, so this too is in a double-dip recession.

Welcome to our newest Associate Member; Loopcycle.  

Following the release of our updated forecasts a fortnight ago, this week saw our Spring Economic Presentation for MTA members.  The focus of this was to take members through the new forecasts as well as to provide an update to the economic situation in the UK.

The MTA will be hosting a webinar on Manufacturing Technology for Electric Vehicles on 6th May at 11am. 

With the growth in manufacturing of electric vehicles in the UK, this webinar will examine the key technologies necessary to continue to grow and how you can be involved. 

Please be advised that a New Work Item Proposal has been loaded to the BSI Standards Development Portal for comment. We hope this will assist in increasing awareness of the Standards Development Portfolio.  

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, April 2021:  The CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) results published this week show a strong pick-up in optimism in manufacturing (this was also seen in the latest MTA Business Survey) - this improved at its fastest pace since 1973.  This survey was carried out between 24th March and 14th April so we will refer to the three months period covered by most questions as 1st quarter.