Power Generation News, May 2018

Lewis Wind Power wants to increase the maximum height of turbines at a site at Uisinis to 200m (656ft). The developer has also proposed increasing turbines to a site near Stornoway to a height of 187m (614ft). It said bigger turbines are more efficient and would help to attract subsidies to a subsea cable needed for exporting power to the mainland.   For more than 10 years, it has been planned to lay the cable, known as the interconnector, to link Renewable energy ... Read more

Automotive News, May 2018

The automotive industry can expect to achieve upwards of $160bn in annual productivity gains through the adoption of smart factory technology from 2023 onwards.  Almost half of all automotive business have invested more than $250m in smart factories, according to new research, more than any her sector.   The world’s top 10 automotive manufactures expect to realise an additional $4.6bn or 50% growth in operational profits – annually within five years of a full smart factory implementation.   The report, published by Capgemini’s Digital Transformation ... Read more

Engineering Industries Association 2018 – 2019 Overseas Funded Programme

The EIA has received confirmation of funding for events from the Department of International Trade until March 2019. Eligible UK SME companies could receive up to £2,500 for exhibiting, depending on the location of the show.   MANUFACTURING EXPO Leading Machinery and Technology Event for Manufacturing and Supporting Industries 20 – 23 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand http://www.manufacturing-expo.com CIMES The 14th International Machine Tool Exhibition 26 – 30 June 2018 Beijing, China http://www.cimes.net.cn/en/ MTA VIETNAM The 16th International Precision Engineering, Machine Tools and Metalworking Exhibition 3 – 6 July 2018 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam http://www.mtavietnam.com MSPO 26th International Defence Industry Exhibition 4 – 7 ... Read more

If your business needs trusted suppliers, Reshoring UK could provide the Solution

  ReshoringUK is a collaboration of 13 leading industrial engineering and technology associations working together to assist manufacturers connect with trusted, accredited suppliers capable of delivering products and services that match their varied requirements. To Register or find our more, click HERE Who Should attend? Manufacturers In The high value technology sectors  When? 12.30pm Wednesday 16th May, 2018  Where? Manufacturing Resource Centre, Adams Way, Alcester B49 6PU  Free parking and Buffet Lunch Read more

Manufacturing News, April 2018

A survey of more than 240 manufacturers has found a broadly positive outlook, with 52% of firms in the sector expecting to increase their staff numbers. The survey, conducted for the Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking’s Manufacturing Barometer, found that the same proportion are more positive about the UK economy than this time last year, and four in ten (43%) expect Britain’s exit from the European Union to have a positive impact on their business.   Manufacturers also reported that wages are set to ... Read more

Aerospace News, April 2018

Rivals Airbus and Dassault Aviation have struck a deal to develop and produce Europe’s next generation of fighter aircraft. The two companies said their European Future Combat Air System (FCAS) would replace the existing planes by 2040.   The French and German governments have yet to set out their exact requirements for the programme, which will also include the manufacture of drones and communications technology. And the two companies have yet to decide which of them would take the lead role in the ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, April 2018

Oil prices hit their highest level since 2014, moving above $74 a barrel and lifting energy companies to the top of global stock indices.   Production cuts by Opec and Russia over the past 16 months have helped crude prices rally, with the latest increase spurred by rising risks to supplies, from Venezuela’s economic crisis to the threat of new US sanctions on Iran.   Brent crude has gained almost 8% this year. Read more

Power Generation News, April 2018

GE Renewable Energy and the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult have signed a five-year research and development agreement to test and develop next generation offshore wind technologies.   GE’s recently announced Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine and existing Haliade 150- 6MW will undergo advanced test and demonstration programs that accurately replicate real-world operational conditions to enhance performance and reliability.   Research and development activities will include cooling technologies, converters, loading conditions across mechanical and electrical components, grid testing and design validation.  This collaboration ... Read more

Automotive Latest News, April 2018

The number of cars made in the UK during March fell by 13.3% from a year earlier as both domestic and overseas demand for vehicles declined. The Society of Motor Manufacturing and Traders (SMMT) said poor weather had affected production. It said car sales to the UK had dropped for an eighth month and double-digit falls in the home market and exports were a “considerable concern”.   The SMMT said that cars made for the UK fell by 17.7%, while exports dropped by ... Read more

Manufacturing News, March 2018

Staffordshire excavator manufacturer JCB is creating 600 production jobs as it looks to meet global demand for its famous products. The jobs will be created over the next three months, with 200 available immediately.   The company said a strong order book had prompted the need for the additional workers, with positions available for welders, paint sprayers and assemblers.     In addition to the 600 production line opportunities, JCB said it also had vacancies for more than 100 permanent employees in engineering and other staff ... Read more
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