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The MTA Business Survey for August is underway with the on-line form available at  We hope that as many MTA members as possible will take part in this survey as it provides a valuable counter-point to official data and other wider surveys - with thanks to those who have replied already, we look forward to hearing from you.

The MTA is sponsoring and exhibiting at the upcoming Design & Technology Association’s event - training the next generation of designers and engineers. This launch has been timed to coincide with The Conservative Party Conference which runs next door at Birmingham ICC complex from 30th September to 3rd October.

European Commission’s Economic Sentiment Indicator, August 2018:  The European Commission (EC) takes a range of business surveys (for the UK, it uses the CBI surveys) to construct a sectoral confidence indicator for both the Euro-zone and the EU28.  The latest figures for the overall Economic Sentiment Index (ESI) show that it edged down in the Euro-Zone but was stable for the EU28 as a whole.  Although this continues a trend that has been running since the start of the year,

As you may be aware, the MTA have recently started an Additive and Digital Technical Committee. The first meeting for this committee concluded that the MTA should look at promoting these technologies to the UK supply chain aiding their uptake and adoption.

UK Manufacturing Output, 2nd Quarter 2018:  As promised last week, we take a deeper dive into the data for manufacturing output that was released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  Starting with the headline, manufacturing output was -0.9% lower than in the previous quarter, but +1.4% higher than a year earlier (Q2-17).  However, the more volatile monthly trend is interesting because there was a very weak figure in April and the month-on-month growth we

We have just launched the MTA Business Survey for July - you can access the on-line form at;  if you are about to head off on holiday, hopefully you can find a few moments to complete this today or, if you are reading this having returned, please dig out the e-mail from all those unread messages and let us have your input in the next couple of days.  We look forward to hearing from yo

UK Productivity, 1st Quarter 2018:  The ONS recently released a whole raft of data on productivity, with the headline being an improvement of +0.9% in output per hour (the best way to measure productivity) compared to the 1st period of 2017 for the whole economy;  for the manufacturing sector, productivity was +0.7% better than a year earlier.  The ONS notes that this is still slower than the typical pre-recession rate of productivity growth.

The MTA Business Survey for June is currently underway and you can access the on-line form at - this is one of our slightly longer quarterly surveys, but we hope that this will not put you off.  With thanks to those who have replied already, we would like to encourage all MTA members to participate in this important project which gives us a quick overview of the state of the market for manuf

The manufacturing output data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) attracted some negative headlines as they reflected a month-on-month reduction of -1.4%, the worst month since October 2012.  We prefer to focus on the 3-month rolling trend, but this fell by -0.5% (comparing February, March and April 2018 with November and December 2017 and January 2018) - this is the largest fall in this series since May 2017.  However, as we will see, the trends remain mixed between various...

The MTA Business Survey for May will be closing on Monday, but there is still time to get your return to us if you have not done so already.  The data about the manufacturing technology sector from this survey complements more wide-ranging information, so it is important that we get a good reflection of the trends in our sector by maximising the response.  You can access the on-line form at -