Steel News – Late March 2021

British Steel investing £100m this year to improve manufacturing and environmental performance British Steel has announced it is investing £100m this year to support the next stage of its transformation. The company, which has returned to profit after being brought out of liquidation by Jingye Group 12 months ago, will focus the investment on improving its manufacturing operations and supporting clean growth. Projects the money will help finance include a new billet caster, a scrap pre-heating facility, cranes and a new environmental emission control ... Read more

Robotics & Automation News – Late March 2021

FAUNC has launched its new digital service FAR (FANUC Assisted Reality) in the UK, which provides quicker response times for maintenance issues on FANUC products. FAR is an app that uses augmented reality to facilitate remote support for FANUC customers. It allows service engineers to identify problems via real-time video and overlaid digital content, which ensures the correct spare parts and tools can be determined during the initial call. It also helps to improve the planning of service visits, owing to optimised ... Read more

Oil & Gas News – Late March 2021

More oil and gas wells are to be drilled in the North Sea, the UK government has announced. The decision has angered environmental campaigners, who say the government should refuse new licences. Ministers say permission to drill will be granted as part of a careful transition away from fossil fuels, safeguarding jobs and the economy. But the environmentalists say that enough fossil fuels to ruin the climate have already been found.  In light of this, they say, the government should have refused the new ... Read more

Marine News – Late March 2021

Speaking at the Society of Maritime Industries Annual Conference, the Defence Secretary announced a refresh of the National Shipbuilding Strategy. At the turn of the century, the UK built an astonishing 60 per cent of the world’s ships, your industry remains global leaders in Design and Innovation. You still bring in billions to our economy and spread wealth right across the country. And you still directly provide for the livelihoods of some 44,000 people from Appledore to the Clyde and many more ... Read more

Power Generation News – Late March 2021

The world's first full-scale floating wind farm off Peterhead has been recorded as having the UK's best results for capturing potential output offshore for the third year. Five giant wind turbines make up the Hywind Scotland development, about 15 miles (25km) off Aberdeenshire. It reached an average of 57.1% of its potential output over the past year. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-56496355 A blueprint to cut industrial carbon emissions by two-thirds within 15 years has been announced by the government. It wants firms to waste less energy, develop low-carbon technologies ... Read more

Manufacturing News – Late March 2021

Manufacturing output volumes in the three months to March improved to broadly flat, which marked their highest balance since May 2019. That’s according to the CBI’s latest monthly Industrial Trends Survey. The survey of 321 manufacturers found that output increased in eight out of 17 sub-sectors. Growth in the electronic engineering and plastic products sub-sectors was largely offset by declines in paper, printing & media and aerospace in the headline balance. Looking ahead, manufacturers expect output to pick up rapidly over the next ... Read more

Aerospace News – Late March 2021

Work on the first UltraFan module is underway at the firm’s DemoWorks facility in Derby. The demonstrator engine, which has a fan diameter of 3.56m, will be completed by the end of the year. The engine could be the basis for a new family of engines able to power both narrow body and wide body aircraft. Rolls-Royce said it will deliver a 25% fuel efficiency improvement compared with the first generation of Trent engine, which first ran 31 years ago. That efficiency boost ... Read more

Automotive News – Late March 2021

UK car production fell -14.0% in February, with 105,008 units leaving factory gates, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 17,163 fewer cars were made, representing an 18th consecutive month of decline and the weakest February performance in more than a decade as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, in particular shuttered UK showrooms, new customs processes and global supply chain constraints continued to influence output. Production for the domestic market fell -34.9%, ... Read more

Rail News – Early March 2021

A TRAIN builder's investment at its County Durham factory – which now totals £110million – sees new facilities completed, allowing welding and painting to start on brand new UK passenger trains. New welding and painting facilities will be used to build the next generation of intercity trains for East Midlands Railway and Avanti West Coast at Hitachi, in Newton Aycliffe. Around 40 staff and newly graduated welders and painters will be completing the high-tech aluminium carriage shells, which are a signature of Hitachi’s ... Read more

Mining News – Early March 2021

Tesla has decided to become a technical partner in a nickel mine - which is needed for lithium-ion batteries that power electric cars. Elon Musk's car firm will also buy nickel from the Goro mine on the small Pacific island of New Caledonia to secure its long-term supply.  The move comes amid growing concerns about future supplies of nickel. New Caledonia is the world's fourth largest nickel producer, which has seen a 26% rally in prices in the past year.  "Nickel is our ... Read more
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