Power Generation News – Late April 2022

Rabat - Xlinks, a British green energy company, will build the twin high-voltage subsea cables that will be transferring green electricity from Morocco to the United Kingdom in a new factory in Scotland.  Xlinks is set to build a factory in Hunterston, Scotland. The factory’s first output will be the Morocco-UK Power Projects, according to Electrek, an energy-focused news outlet. The new factory is set to produce four 3,800 km subsea cables for the first phase of the Morocco-UK Power Project. Over ... Read more

Manufacturing News – Late April 2022

The next generation of materials to meet the needs of UK manufacturing are set to be developed by a new state-of-the-art research centre that has officially opened 20 April 2022. The University of Sheffield has officially opened a new state-of-the-art research centre to develop the next generation of materials to meet the needs of UK manufacturers New Royce Discovery Centre, part of the Henry Royce Institute, will give UK manufacturers the expertise and facilities needed to discover new materials and more ... Read more

Aerospace News – Late April 2022

Boeing and the aerostructures company Spirit AeroSystems have reached an agreement to support maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of the global fleet of Boeing 737 MAX.   The deal particularly concerns the repair of the nacelles and flight controls and aims “to expand Boeing’s parts services options in response to customer needs”.   https://www.aerotime.aero/articles/30846-boeing-spirit-aerosystems-mro-737-max  ______________________  Aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, has logged more than 80 new orders with two clients, boosting the workload at its Broughton factory, near Chester, which makes wings for all its commercial planes. Global aircraft ... Read more

Automotive News – Late April 2022

Global supply challenges wipe 100,000 cars from UK automotive output in first quarter. UK car production falls -32.4% in first quarter, a decline of 99,211 units on pandemic-affected Q1 2021. Output for March drops -33.4% to 76,900 units, as 4.3% rise in production for the UK fails to offset -41.4% exports decline. As manufacturing costs soar, sector calls for measures to shore up UK’s global competitiveness and secure the UK supply-chain. UK car manufacturing declined -32.4% during the first three months of ... Read more

Power Generation News – Early April 2022

Low Carbon manufacturing boosted with Green Bank. The £1bn capital funding pledged through the Green Investment Bank will benefit firms in the West Midlands working in the sustainable energy and low carbon sectors. Mr Osborne announced that the annual budget for the Department of Energy and Climate Change would be £3.1bn. This represents a 5% annual budget cut but £200m is pledged for wind power development. https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/westmidlands/news/79747-manufacturing Read more

Defence News – Early April 2022

An order for 100 more military vehicles, worth several hundred million pounds, will create 120 more jobs at Stockport engineering group WFEL. More recruitment in the associated supply chain is also expected. The extension of the manufacturing contract was announced at WFEL’s site during a visit by the British Army’s Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Lt Gen Sir Christopher Tickell, together with Chris Bushell, Director General Land, Defence Equipment and Support and other senior industry colleagues. https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/northwest/news/2096411-extension-to-armoured-vehicle-contract-will-create-at-least-120-jobs/ Read more

Nuclear News – Early April 2022

William Cook Cast Products, the UK’s largest steel casting group, has joined the Nuclear AMRC to develop its capabilities for the nuclear sector and other low-carbon energy markets. William Cook Cast Products supplies high-specification cast steel components to all segments of the energy sector – from offshore drilling to renewable power generation, to nuclear waste storage – as well as for demanding markets such as rail and defence. https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/william-cook-cast-products-joins-nuclear-amrc-to-target-energy-opportunities/ Read more

Manufacturing News – Early April 2022

Almost 90% of manufacturing leaders plan to invest in technology to support a hybrid workforce during the next 12-18 months, new research reveals. According to the survey by Riverbed | Aternity, 51% of business decision makers (BDMs) in the manufacturing industry believe that half (50%) of their workforce will remain hybrid post-pandemic. Additionally, the vast majority of manufacturing BDMs (96%) believe a hybrid structure would help them recruit talent and remain competitive. These are two key findings from the Riverbed | Aternity ... Read more

Aerospace News – Early April 2022

The UK’s aerospace technology research programme, the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), is to receive record levels of government funding, Industry Minister Lee Rowley confirmed, driving forward the research and development of green aviation technology. The ATI will receive £685 million from the government for the financial years 2022-2023 through to 2024-2025, an increase of £235m on the previous three-year period.  Industry will provide co-funding, taking the total to more than £1 billion. Funds will be used to capitalise on the UK’s world-leading R&D ... Read more

Automotive News – Early April 2022

Luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) expects the global microchip shortage – which has constrained production levels – to ease throughout the next fiscal year. This follows comments by BMW chief executive, Oliver Zipse, last week, who said he expects to see an improvement in supplies, by next year at the latest. JLR, which has production plants at Halewood in Merseyside and Solihull and Castle Bromwich in the West Midlands, issued production figures for the fourth quarter, ahead of announcing its annual ... Read more
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