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Prime minister Boris Johnson says he will double public R&D spending to £18 billion by 2025, to off-set the loss of EU funding after Brexit.  His pledge, during intensive political campaigning in the West Midlands, has highlighted uncertainty over the extent of future UK involvement in EU-led projects, including the Horizon Europe, the seven-year, £100 billion programme due to start in 2021. 

The MTA technical team recently attended the ISO TC39 SC2 meeting for the development of standards for the test conditions for metal cutting machine tools. The meeting was held in the UK for the first time since 2013 at the BSI headquarters in Chiswick, London. The meeting was well attended, with 11 countries represented, and with MTA members, the University of Huddersfield and Renishaw, representing the UK position during the various discussions.

Smart IoT, taking place 11th-12th March 2020 at ExCeL London, is excited to announce a partnership with the MTA (Manufacturer’s Technology Association) at the show next March. This underlines the manufacturing and industrial focus within the show, which is led by high level content and key solution providers.

BEAMA Contract Price Adjustment Service:  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?

Manufacturing PMI, October 2019:  We reported last week on the small improvement in the UK PMI reading in October, although it remains below the crucial 50 level.  This was mainly driven by a further round of stock-building, with orders, output and employment in the sector all falling in October.

The October edition of the MTA Business Survey is still running and we would encourage all MTA members to participate.  The on-line form is available at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-oct19 and as we go through the Election campaign, it will be important that we can track the latest situation in the manufacturing technology sector.  With thanks to those who have responded already, we look forward to hearing from more of you ove

On the 13th & 14th November 2019, Romi UK will be hosting the ‘Blue Circle Event’. With Romi stock machines on sale and technical seminars at their Rugby showroom.

Evidence is showing the government that the biggest skills problem among small and medium-sized manufacturers is in leadership and management.

Clare Porter, head of manufacturing at the Business Department (BEIS), told a conference this week that this is the number one skills gap: ‘That is what companies themselves say they want support with,’ she said.

MTA has a meeting with officials at the Business Department (BEIS) on Rules of Origin next Thursday, part of an on-going engagement.  The Rules will be of considerable significant for our sector in the UK’s trade negotiations with the EU and other countries.  Members who wish to comment ahead of the meeting are invited to email public.affairs@mta.org.uk

EURIS, a group set up by trade associations representing industrial product suppliers to advise the government on the potential impacts of Brexit, has written to key advisors in the main political parties ahead of the general election, re-iterating key Brexit messages.

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