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EU car sales better in June

Statistics from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) show EU passenger car registrations in June totalled 947,722 units, a 22.3% decline on the same month 2019. The June figure showed a slight improvement on May, which saw a drop of 52.3% across the EU compared with last year. The ACEA says, although dealerships opened for […]


HSE urges businesses to be Covid-secure

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is calling for businesses in Great Britain to make sure they’re COVID-secure. The HSE says its inspectors are out and about, putting employers on the spot and checking that they are complying with health and safety law. Being COVID-secure means being adaptable to the current guidance and putting measures […]


Eurozone PMI shows mixed manufacturing fortunes

The final IHS Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI® for June came in slightly higher than the earlier flash report,  reading 47.4 (Flash 46.9 May 39.4). However, it means index has yielded a contraction reading for 17 successive months.  Across the Eurozone intermediate and investment goods sectors continued to contract, but consumer goods production returned to growth. While all […]


UK Manufacturing stabilises in June

The final IHS Markit/CIPS Manufacturing PMI® for June read 50.1, unchanged from the flash report earlier in the month, and marginally above the no-change 50 mark. However, CIPS is careful to council caution over the sector’s performance in coming months. UK manufacturing output rose slightly for the first time in four months during June, as factories restarted, […]


Airbus announces 15,000 workforce reduction

On 30th June Airbus announced plans to adapt its global workforce and resize its commercial aircraft activity in response to the Covid-19 crisis.  The “adaptation” is expected to result in a reduction of around 15,000 positions no later than summer 2021. Consultations have commenced with a view to reaching agreements for implementation starting in autumn 2020.  […]


Responding, Resetting, Reinventing UK Manufacturing

In its first detailed analysis of the Covid-19 impact on UK manufacturers, Make UK’s special report sets out the challenges ahead for the sector. The report explores: the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on UK manufacturers so far; how each sub-sector has been affected; an international comparison of the manufacturing response to Covid-19; the key […]


CBM highlights importance of industry stimulus packages and urges Government to review loans if sector is to sustainably recover

Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM) members have called for industry stimulus packages and a review of the viability tests on Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans (CBILS). More than 200 companies from the fasteners, forgings, pressings, cold-rolled and sheet metal products sector believe if these measures are adopted that it will give industry the best possible opportunity […]


Public-sector procurement from 1 January 2021

If you access the public procurement system then please be aware that as of 1 January 2021 a new e-notification service called Find a Tender will be used to post and view public sector procurement notices. Public Procurement notices will nee to be published through Find a Tender. This will replace the requirement to publish […]


UK Manufacturing decline eases slightly in May

The IHS Markit / CIPS Flash UK Manufacturing PMI® for May read 40.6, up from April’s survey record low of 32.6 but still substantially in the contraction zone. Production volumes dropped sharply in May (the production index read 34.9) and the overall pace of decline was the second-fastest since February 2009. Around 54% of manufacturing […]

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