Energy & Power Generation News, June 2020

Plans for major hydrogen facilities in Norway and the Isle of Wight have been unveiled, as business giants, banks and green campaigners call on world leaders to include hydrogen investment in their Covid-19 recovery plans. The first of the two facilities, proposed by a consortium of European businesses called Norsk e-fuel, is expected to come online in Herøya by 2023, producing 10 million litres of hydrogen annually. This output will be predominantly used by the aviation industry. The consortium – comprising carbon capture ... Read more

Manufacturing News, June 2020

A new initiative designed to build UK industrial capability and increase reshoring has got off to a flying start after £625,000 of orders were placed in the first few weeks. UK Manufacturing Unite (#UkMfgUnite) has been launched in response to the national effort to produce more critical components and essential equipment at home and is the first step in the sector’s fightback against the damaging effects of Covid-19. Created and run by manufacturers for manufacturers, the movement is urging more firms to come ... Read more

Automotive News, June 2020

UK Auto calls for restart support as Covid crisis threatens one in six jobs UK auto industry calls for dedicated restart package to save jobs and pave the way for recovery. New SMMT survey reveals a third of workforce still on furlough with up to one in six jobs at risk.  ‘Turbocharged’ Brexit negotiations needed to deliver a comprehensive zero-tariff FTA – crucial to avoiding crippling £40bn production losses by 2025. New report highlights importance of £100bn UK auto trade hub to boosting Britain’s future ... Read more

Marine News, June 2020

A £26.7 million contract has been awarded to supply and maintain outboard and inboard motors fitted to the MOD's small boats fleet. Oxfordshire-based EP Barrus secured the seven-year contract for the upkeep, update and supply of engines fitted to more than 1,100 craft. The contract covers boats within the current MOD in-service fleet for craft under 25m, including Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs), the Mexeflote landing-raft system powered by the Thrustmaster propulsion unit, workboats, and planned future craft. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/267-million-engine-support-contract-for-oxfordshire-company Read more

Automotive News, May 2020

AUTOMOTIVE Renault is cutting 15,000 jobs worldwide as part of a €2bn (£1.8bn) cost-cutting plan after seeing sales plunge because of the virus pandemic. "This plan is essential," said interim boss Clotilde Delbos, who announced cuts in production to focus on more profitable car models. Some 4,600 job cuts will be in France, and the firm said on Friday that it had begun talks with unions. On Thursday, Renault's strategic partner Nissan unveiled huge job cuts. Renault, 15% owned by the French state, said six sites ... Read more

Manufacturing News, May 2020

MANUFACTURING Black Country foundry, Midland Pressure Diecasting (MPD) is creating 10 new jobs to supply increased orders for critical components destined for the NHS, the MoD and Homeland Security in the United States. MPD was identified as a key supplier at the very start of the Covid-19 pandemic and has proactively responded by boosting its workforce in a number of strategic positions, including electrical maintenance, fabrication, CNC operation and die casting. The company, which provides aluminium and zinc high pressure die castings and CNC ... Read more

Backing a UK Supply Base

There are twenty two leading industrial engineering associations, currently behind the Reshoring UK initiative, developed to assist manufacturers connect with trusted, accredited suppliers capable of delivering UK based products ans services. Steve Welch from Engineering Magazine, talks to Julia Moore about why and how it was set up and its main objectives. Read the full article here Read more

Reshoring Poll : Will pandemic drive manufacturers back to the UK?

The twenty two leading industrial engineering associations currently behind the Reshoring UK initiative, developed to assist manufacturers connect with trusted, accredited suppliers capable of delivering UK-based products and services, have applauded the recent poll conducted by the technical journal The Engineer: ‘will pandemic drive reshoring of UK manufacturing?’ “Ever since manufacturers began outsourcing production to more competitively priced overseas economies there has been a race to the bottom based on price,” states CEO Julia Moore. “However, there is an intrinsic value attached ... Read more

Automotive News, Late March, 2020

AUTOMOTIVE More than £50m has been invested in the Nissan plant in Sunderland as the firm gears up to build the new Qashqai. The Japanese car-manufacturer said its new press, which weighs over 2,000 tonnes and can exert a pressure of 5,000 tonnes, forms part of its £400m investment in the plant. The Qashqai, which came out in 2006, is the plant's most successful car. Nissan had previously said that a no-deal Brexit could make its European business model "unsustainable". The press took 18 months to ... Read more

Manufacturing News, Late March, 2020

MANUFACTURING Planning permission has been granted for the development of the state-of-the-art National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) facility. Situated on Netherton Campus at the centre of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire, the new facility is set to transform manufacturing in Scotland. Renfrewshire Council’s planning authority gave the green light to plans for the brand new energy carbon neutral building, which comes complete with a distinctive heather coloured façade. At around 1.5 times the size of Hampden football pitch, the facility will ... Read more
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