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MACH 2020 is less than 100 days away and the UK’s national manufacturing and engineering exhibition is gearing up to be an excellent event.

MACH, as well as being the place to come and source manufacturing technology equipment and solutions, also has a section of the show dedicated to Education and Development. It is essential that manufacturers help the next generation understand the important role engineering plays in shaping the world around us.

GTMA is delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Arthur as Chief Technical Officer.

Alan is a highly qualified and experienced Engineering Manager, with over 35 years’ experience in supply chain management and project planning.    His commercial and international experience embraces a large range of technical disciplines and best practice in manufacturing and engineering. 

The UK faces a skills shortage in the engineering sector and, according to EngineeringUK, the country will need 1.8 million new engineers and technicians by 2025. With the industry still dominated by men, it’s essential that we attract more female engineers to fill these roles if we’re to close the gap.

Progress Rail is seeking additional support for locomotive overhaul, maintenance and engine work as they expand their portfolio in the Middle East.

This includes a recent deal signed with Egyptian National Railways (ENR), involving the supply of diesel locomotives, modernising diesel locomotives from ENR’s existing fleet and overhauling another fleet of locomotives.

Progress Rail is seeking additional support for locomotive overhaul, maintenance and engine work as they expand their portfolio in the Middle East.

This includes a recent deal signed with Egyptian National Railways (ENR), involving the supply of diesel locomotives, modernising diesel locomotives from ENR’s existing fleet and overhauling another fleet of locomotives.

UK Productivity, 3rd Quarter 2019:  Data published by the ONS shows that labour productivity (output per hour worked) was +0.1% higher than in the same period in 2018, bringing to an end a run of four quarters of contraction.  This turnaround, which covers the whole economy, was because Gross Value Added (GVA - a measure of output) rose slightly faster than hours worked.

With publication of the revised data for 2017 and 2018 from the ProdCom system by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) at the end of last year, we have prepared a sheet that updates the data tables in Basic Facts that cover machine tools, cutting tools, tool/work-holding and metrology equipment.

This is a reminder that the December edition of the MTA Business Survey - one of our slightly longer quarterly surveys - is still open for your input.  This can be done via the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-dec19.  Although December is a short month for business, it is important that we capture the trends for our industry, so if you have not done so already, please take a few minutes to fill in the survey.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is delighted to invite you to join to the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Network (EECAN) Roadshow in the UK.

The roadshow will provide UK businesses with insight, information and guidance on exporting to or investing in the EECAN. The event will highlight the EECAN as the first-choice partner for international trade and investment for the UK businesses. 

 Why attend?

Last year ended with the UK manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) falling to its 2nd lowest level in 7½ years - with the reading at 47.5, it was just ahead of the 47.4 recorded in August 2019.  Output fell at its fastest pace since July 2012 as order intake fell from both domestic and overseas clients and companies reduced their pre-Brexit (31st October edition) stocks.  This fall in output was at its sharpest in the investment goods industries, although it was a

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