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Our colleagues at ECTA and Swissmem would like to remind you about the invitation to the ECTA Conference 2022 from June 30 to July 02 in Rüschlikon on Lake Zurich.

Swissmem, in cooperation with the ECTA Secretariat, will host this event and they have put together an attractive program with excellent speakers for the conference.

The 20th anniversary edition of Switzerland's most important trade fair, to be held from 14 to 17 June at Palexpo-Geneva, will see an increase in participation compared to September 2021. This year's event will be dedicated to innovation, employment, business and youth.

Foreign secretary Liz Truss has made a statement in the Commons, stating the government’s intention to introduce a bill to allow changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Truss said a settlement negotiated with the EU is preferred, but went on:  “The challenge is that this solution requires a change in the Protocol itself, as its current drafting prevents it from being implemented, but the EU’s mandate does not allow the Protocol to be changed.

The business department, BEIS, has launched a new set of webinars on UKCA and UKNI conformity assessment marking and the phasing out of CE. 

The webinars cover:

As a manufacturer of precision turned and milled components, Neida runs a successful apprenticeship scheme from manufacturing locations in Stoke-on-Trent and the Isle-of-Wight and believes that the key to closing the ever-increasing Skills Gap is getting the next generation interested in engineering.

Last summer, the government confirmed they’ll be reforming the Equality Act, putting more emphasis and pressure on employees to prove they’ve taken positive action to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

Three out of four people have reported their experiences of harassment at work. As a result, the government is increasing pressure on employers to take action. But with so many factors to consider, we understand it can be difficult to know where to start.

Once again, our CEO, James Selka and the rest of Team MALIS have decided to get on their bikes and raise much needed funds for the amazing charity Help for Heroes. 

USMTO and CTMR, March 2022:  The US Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) programme tracks orders in the US market, based on the reports from participants.  Each of the first three months of the year have been excellent and the total for the 1st quarter as a whole is +26.5% higher than the same period in 2021 and the strongest start to any calendar year since 1998.

UK Manufacturing Output , March & 1st Quarter 2022:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published data on manufacturing output for March and, therefore of course, the 1st quarter;  we will focus mainly on the quarterly series with occasional references to the latest month.  Please bear in mind that the “pre-pandemic level” is Q4-2019 for the quarterly series and February 2020 for the monthly data.

Delegates at the presentation of the Spring update of our forecasts for the machine tool and cutting tool market this week heard Andy Goodwin, Chief UK Economist at Oxford Economics set out a fairly gloomy picture for the UK economy overall in 2022.  Having said that, it is not going to be a complete disaster and we are likely to avoid a recession as despite the likelihood of a negative figure for the 2nd quarter, the factors behind that also suggest that Q3 should be positive.