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It seems that you can't write anything about Brexit, without the situation changing almost immediately. You would have thought that the constant flux might have resulted in some hint of resolution; but no, the UK Government seems no closer to striking a deal with its European counterparts than it did when Article 50 was triggered back in 2017, and the spectre of crashing out of the EU with no deal draws ever closer. Little wonder then that business optimism is taking a dive as the only certainty continues to be uncertainty.

You can read about the latest CBI Quarterly Industrial Trends Survey, which suggests business optimism in the quarter to January has fallen sharply, with export prospects dropping at the fastest rate since the financial crisis, and the knock on effect this could have on investment in digital transformation initiatives.



Charlotte Stonestreet
CDA Editor
cda@western-bp.co.uk
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LATEST NEWS
Industry pessimism could delay digital transformation

Latest CBI Survey reveals spending on plant & machinery, training and innovation all expected to be lower in the year ahead.

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Two thirds of SMEs more concerned about cyber-attacks than 12 months ago

Businesses in the UK are more concerned about cyber-attacks now than they were a year ago, according to the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer research.

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Interroll adds new German site

To accommodate growing customer and user demand for conveyors and sorters, as well as for additional products, Interroll is developing a new factory in Kronau, Germany, with a production area of approximately 15,000 square meters. The company is investing a total of around €40 million in stages, and completion of the factory is planned by the end of 2020.

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New Chair for UK Industrial Vision Association

Allan Anderson has been confirmed as the new chairman of UKIVA (UK Industrial Vision Association). Anderson, managing director of ClearView Imaging, previously held the position of vice-chairman of UKIVA and now takes the chair for the next two years. Neil Sandhu from Sick (UK) has been elected to the position of vice-chairman.

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All Things IoT eBook

Mouser Electronics has released a new eBook centred on industrial automation as part of All Things IoT, the latest series in the company's Empowering Innovation Together program. In the third and final eBook in the series, industry experts explore the innovative technologies and trends that cities are applying to emerging smart infrastructure projects.

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Join the digital manufacturing revolution

A combined high-level conference and trade exhibition, INDUSTRY 4.0 SUMMIT & EXPO aims to educate manufacturers on developing their own industry 4.0 strategy, as well as providing a great platform to see the latest technologies & demonstrations, seek advice and finance from government, meet industry associations, and to network with over 2,000 attendees from 40 countries.

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New M8 I/O hub portfolio

Balluff's newest I/O hubs deliver M8 quick connect to enable resilient distributed modular architecture for compact footprint machines and end effectors.

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Everything your business needs to operate efficiently, safely & profitably

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics is arguably the UK's most popular annual industrial engineering show. Around 800 vendors from around the UK, continental Europe and beyond will gather in the convenient, modern surroundings of Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference centre from February 5th to 7th 2019 for what is anticipated to be the busiest exhibition yet held.

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Free seminar programme extended

The free seminar programme at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019 has been extended with further sessions addressing the latest advances in Industry 4.0, advanced manufacturing and materials.

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Mitsubishi launches new display range

Mitsubishi Electric will announce a major expansion of its 4Diamond Grid product line at ISE 2019, together with a number of significant enhancements to its existing range of control room display systems.

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