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This week saw the MTA AGM take place on Tuesday 3rd December at Cutlers’ Hall Sheffield.

The event was attended by a number of MTA members and this year featured three presentations on the theme of business improvement as well as a small table top exhibition from some of our associate members.

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator & Investment Survey, November 2019:  The European Commission’s (EC) Economic Sentiment Index (ESI), which is constructed from a combination of 5 sector confidence indicators, increased a little in the Euro-zone and more strongly in the EU28 in November.  In the Euro-zone, this was mainly driven by improvements in confidence among consumers and the retail trade sector which outweighed a sharp fall for construction, while ind

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has awarded the James Watt International Gold Medal for 2019 to Sir David McMurtry, the co-founder and Executive Chairman of global engineering company, Renishaw. At a ceremony at The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, UK, on November 21st, 2019, Sir David was recognised for his outstanding contribution to mechanical engineering.

The Conservative Party has pledged in its election manifesto that there will be no extension of the Brexit transition period beyond 2020, prompting renewed fears over the terms under which the UK will leave the EU.  A 1-to-2 year extension is possible under the new Withdrawal Agreement but would have to be agreed by July 1st 2020.  The concerns over the Tory pledge are captured in an article here:

Corporate tax credits have become one of the significant battlegrounds in the general election, albeit less widely reported. The Conservatives pledge a slight increase in the RDEC (Research and Development Expenditure Credit) to 13% and to review of definition of R&D so that it encompasses data/cloud expenditure that is invested in innovation.

Labour, by contrast, pledge a review of corporate tax reliefs and specifically the scrapping of RDEC and the Patent box relief.

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is pleased to host the launch event for MACH 2020. MACH 2020 is an important event in the manufacturing technologies community, bringing together customers and providers of machining innovation from across the world and providing the platform for attendees to share expertise and explore ways of working together.

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, November 2019:  The CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) for November (month of publication) showed an improvement in the outlook for the sector but remained generally weak.  Both total and export order books improved from the very low levels that they recorded in October but are still below their long-run average.

Global engineering company, Renishaw, is collaborating with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing to qualify new additive manufacturing (AM) materials for production applications.

From 14 to 17 October 2020, fieramilano Rho will be the stage for the 32nd edition of BI-MU, the most important Italian exhibition dedicated to the industry of metal forming and metal cutting machine tools, additive and digital manufacturing, robots and automation, enabling technologies and subcontracting. It is the only trade show in Italy related to the sector that has a real international appeal.

It will be Milan to welcome the next edition of EMO, the world machine tool exhibition, alternately hosted in Italy and Germany and considered as the leading trade show for the operators of the world manufacturing industry.

Promoted by CECIMO, the European Association of Machine Tool Industries, EMO MILANO 2021 will take place at fieramilano Rho from 4 to 9 October.