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The MTA offers a wide range of services to our members: Marketing, Grants for Training and Apprenticeships, Representation, Networking and Information. You can find out more about what we and our members have achieved together.

This week we have two new proposals from BSI for Members who may wish to comment, the first is on Guide to the Sustainable Design and Application of Robotic Systems and the second is on Additive manufacturing - Non-destructive testing.

Proposal: Guide to the Sustainable Design and Application of Robotic Systems.

Please find a link below to Standards Update Booklet which provides the following information:

· The BSI committees the MTA attends

· The standards under revision in each committee

· The development stage of each standard under revision.

This document is updated and distributed every 3 months and is available on our website at www.mta.org.uk/standards.

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.

We launched the February edition of the MTA Business Survey at the beginning of the week. We would encourage all MTA members to take part in this survey – you can do this by using the on-line form which is available at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-feb21 or if you we can send you a word version - for this, please contact Geoff Noon at MTA (e-mail: gnoon@mta.org.uk).

Do you have long-term contracts, either with customers or suppliers? Have you thought about incorporating something in the contract that allows you to adjust the price according to changes in input costs?

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, February 2021:  The latest report from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) shows that manufacturing activity has deteriorated over the last month although the hit was less than in previous lockdowns.  It is worth noting that although the report refers to February, data collection took place between 27th January and 12th February so the trends identified are more likely to be the three months to January (November 2020 to January 2021).

The MTA’s advice line (provided by Croner) has recently had a number of call on how to support staff who are juggling working from home and home-schooling schedules.

To help to address this, they have created a new resource (attached) with different options you can consider, and how their advice line can help further.

Don’t forget you can access the Croner helpline free of charge through your MTA membership by calling 0844 561 8133

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has written to fabricated metal businesses across GB to check that they are managing the risks of welding fumes and metalworking fluids.

Inspectors will be checking that businesses are complying with the guidance to manage the risk of respiratory diseases. If your business receives a letter, you should respond as soon as possible and by 24 March at the latest.

The January edition of the MTA Business Survey will be closing early next week but there is still time to let us have your input by using the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-jan21.

Following our virtual round table earlier in the week, we wanted to remind members of the funding options available both in the current economic climate and beyond.

The MTA have created a dedicated page on their website which we intend to add further details to over the comings weeks. You can view this week’s round table on this page as well as links to key sites and contact details for speakers.

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