General Industrial News – Late June 2021

Protolabs has achieved DNV certification for 3D printed Inconel parts for the oil and gas industry. The digital manufacturer worked closely with DNV to achieve ‘Qualification of Manufacturer’ certification. Protolabs is among the first manufacturers in the EMEA region to achieve the certification, and the first certified manufacturer using powder bed fusion technology in its additive process, which gives high resolution and geometrical accuracy. The certification applies to Protolabs’ direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technology, specifically for the superalloy Inconel 718 – a high-strength, ... Read more

Energy News – Late June 2021

Businesses do not believe the Government is being ambitious enough in efforts to create a "world-leading" hydrogen market, with the commitment of 5GW of green and blue hydrogen by 2030 failing to generate confidence within the private sector. Under the Government’s Ten Point Plan, the UK will aim to generate 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030. Up to £500m will be invested in a bid to create a Hydrogen Neighbourhood in 2023, a Hydrogen Village by 2025 and to create ... Read more

Power Generation News – Late June 2021

Engineering specialist Sheffield Forgemasters will begin exploring how to manufacture a vital part of a new facility to demonstrate nuclear fusion technology. The General Fusion project is an important step to bringing the benefits of zero-carbon fusion energy to the world. The Fusion Demonstration Plant will showcase General Fusion’s Magnetized Target Fusion nuclear power technology at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s Culham Campus, which is a leading hub of fusion research. Sheffield Forgemasters is using its extensive experience and manufacturing capabilities in nuclear power ... Read more

Aerospace News – Late June 2021

The US and the EU have agreed a truce in a 17-year trade dispute over subsidies for Boeing and Airbus. Under the agreement, both sides will remove taxes on $11.5bn (£8.2bn) of goods, including wine, cheese and tractors, for five years. Those tariffs, imposed by both sides as punishment in the escalating dispute, had already been suspended in March while they tried to resolve matters. In March the US suspended tariffs on UK imports arising from the dispute. US President Joe Biden had a summit ... Read more

Manufacturing News – Late June 2021

Britain’s manufacturers are accelerating as growth prospects become significantly more positive for the rest of the year, according to a major survey published by Make UK and business advisory firm BDO. Having seen a brutal 10% decline in output in 2020, the sector is now set to recover a significant amount of that loss in 2021 and outpace the growth of the economy overall. This growth is based on a surge in both domestic and overseas orders which is translating into strong ... Read more

Automotive News – Late June 2021

May engine production more than doubles but export growth sluggish UK factories made 116,639 engines in May, more than double May 2020’s output. May 2021 output down -47.6% on five-year average for the month. Year-to-date output rises 18.8% with increased production for the domestic market. https://www.smmt.co.uk/2021/06/may-engine-production-more-than-doubles-but-export-growth-sluggish/ UK commercial vehicle (CV) production increased to 6,243 units in May, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). For the second consecutive month CV output saw a significant ... Read more

Energy News – Early June 2021

North Yorkshire-based energy group Drax has signed a long-term deal to help deliver the world’s largest negative emissions power generation project. Drax and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, have agreed a deal for the company to use its carbon capture technology – the Advanced KM CDR process. Combining UK innovation and Japanese technology, the contract will see Drax license MHI’s unique carbon capture solvent, KS-21, to capture CO2 at its power station near Selby. Drax is already the ... Read more

Power Generation News – Early June 2021

Scottish Enterprise has appointed global energy consultancy Xodus Group to the role of Offshore Wind Cluster Builder to develop and grow the offshore wind supply chain across Scotland. The Offshore Wind Cluster Builder will support Scotland’s existing offshore wind clusters, Deep Wind and Forth &Tay Offshore, in their remit to foster collaboration, drive competitiveness and improve productivity in Scottish Offshore Wind. The project will do this by delivering a range of services to SMEs including one-to-one support, events, workshops and market intelligence, as ... Read more

Aerospace News – Early June 2021

Rolls-Royce has appointed Anita Frew as a non-executive director and chair designate. Frew will join the board from 1 July and will succeed Sir Ian Davis as chair on 1 October. Davis will retire from the Board on 30 September 2021, after nearly nine years as chairman. Rolls-Royce has also appointed Mike Manley as a non-executive director. Frew is currently chair of Croda, the science, technology and chemicals group and a non-executive director of BHP Group, a global resources company. Until recently she was ... Read more

Manufacturing News – Early June 2021

UK manufacturing is growing at its fastest rate for almost 30 years as the easing of lockdown unleashes pent-up demand, according to a survey. The IHS Markit/CIPS Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) reached a high last month of 65.6, up from 60.9 in April.  Any reading above 50 indicates growth, and April's figure was the highest since the survey began in 1992. But there are also signs that suppliers are struggling to keep up with demand. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57314678 The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) has announced ... Read more
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