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Innovate UK has issued an update on funding opportunities, not only for projects, but also for potential networking and collaboration opportunities:

On Thursday 13th August, from 1pm to 2pm, our Friends at the AMRC are organising a talk looking at the role that machine vision will play as manufacturing makes increasing use of automation.

Flash PMI for Manufacturing, June 2020:  The Purchasing Managers Index figures will be out at the start of next week but the initial flash figures point to the low point having been passed.  Although the UK manufacturing flash PMI for July has come out at 53.6, this hides a stronger improvement in output with the sub-heading for this element reaching 59.8 which is the highest for 32 months.  While the PMI measures month-on-month change rather than levels, it is clear that the

Our colleagues at Oxford Economics have taken a look at which industries are best placed to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak globally.  This analysis is entirely focused on the industries and does not look at national factors which will also apply.  The slides from this presentation are attached to this article and we hope that these notes will help members to understand the analysis.

The CBI have launched the latest round of their suite of surveys covering the various sectors of the economy.  If you can spare a few moments, they would appreciate the input from as many companies as possible.  Please select the link to the survey appropriate to your company structure - most MTA members will be either manufacturing or distribution (for companies that are importers) but we have also listed the service sector survey which we have completed as MTA in case this is more...

UK Manufacturing Output, May 2020:  The data for manufacturing output from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that activity in the latest 3 months (March to May 2020) was -18.0% lower than in the previous 3 months (December 2019, January and February 2020) and -19.9% down on the same period a year earlier (March to May 2019).  Although we will focus on the 3-month moving trends in the rest of this note, it is worth noting that manufacturing output in May was +8.5

EURIS is issuing advice to members to allow for early planning for the undesired outcome of a no-deal Brexit. Much of the advice will still be useful and some necessary under most FTA scenarios too.  We would advise all member companies to review our checklist and act on the recommendations set out below.

Surface Engineering Leadership Forum (SELF): Apprenticeship Standards.

Over the past 2 to 3 years, members of the Surface Engineering Leadership Forum team have been involved in several trailblazer groups, to help put together apprenticeship standards for engineers employed within the surface coatings and surface engineering disciplines.

Lloyds Bank invites you to join a live broadcast: Business as Unusual, taking place on Wednesday 29th July at 10:30am - 11:15am.  The broadcast is designed to support the recovery phase of COVID-19.

Hosted by broadcast journalist Bridgid Nzekwu, the panel of speakers includes:

Please find a link below to Standards Update Booklet which provides the following information:

·       The BSI committees the MTA attends

·       The standards under revision in each committee

·       The development stage of each standard under revision.