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BSI has launched PAS 1040: Digital Readiness – Guide to Adopting Digital Technologies in Manufacturing.  Publicly available specifications (PAS) are intended to speed up standardisation in a sector. PAS 1040 is free to download here:

STEELFAB 2020 takes place in Sharjah, UAE (13-16 January). As the Middle East’s largest exhibition for Metalworking, Metal Manufacturing and the Steel Fabrication Industries, it is a good opportunity to meet new customers and partners, as well as reinvigorating existing relationships.

Visitors are from Oil+Gas, Construction+Fabrication, Aerospace, Automotive, Shipbuilding, Medical, White Goods, etc.

Showcase your exhibition content to millions

The 2020 edition of Future Engineering Ireland (FEI) will take place on 29-30th January at CItyWest, Dublin and there are a few stands remaining in the zone.

UK Finance, the trade association for the banking industry, has launched a campaign linked to Brexit called ‘Let’s Talk Business’.  It is aimed mostly at SMEs and has a 10-point checklist, with subjects including supply chains, cross-border banking, VAT and staffing:   Comment welcome at

The Intellectual Property Office has produced guidance for businesses and organisations holding EU trademarks after the UK leaves the EU. 

The UK is to have a general election on December 12. One important result is that the new government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill will not be subject to scrutiny in any detail before the election.  As in today’s newspapers, Donald Trump has made various comments about the election and has suggested that the government’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU would scupper a good deal with the US.

MTA chief executive James Selka is speaking at a conference on supporting high value manufacturing, and the future of international trade. Other speakers include MTA board member Rosa Wilkinson, communications director at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and Clare Porter, head of manufacturing at the business department, BEIS.  The event is in London on December 12.

UK Manufacturing PMI, October 2019 - STOP PRESS:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK Manufacturing sector, published this morning, showed an improvement compared to recent months but, at 49.6, it remains in negative territory.  IHS Markit, who compile the data, note that output, new orders and employment all fell in the month but there is evidence of some stock-building and purchasing activity ahead of what was supposed to be the Brexit date at the end of the mont

The MTA Business Survey for October has just been launched.  Just in case you did not get the e-mail for some reason, you can find the on-line form at - we look forward to hearing from you.