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

Manufacturing capability does still exist within the UK. 

  Many engineering companies are responding to  Boris Johnson’s call for help from UK manufacturers. Engineering SMEs would respond in much the same way to enquiries from OEMs and Tier 1s, if given the opportunity to  grow their UK supply chain.     Reshoring UK is a unique combination of over engineering trade associations networking these skilled companies across the UK to support our UK manufacturers. SME suppliers need to be asked, and to be heard.  Firms looking for suppliers could start here:  Read more

Automotive News, Late February, 2020

AUTOMOTIVE Car production has fallen for the fifth month in a row amid weak demand in the UK, new figures reveal. Production for the UK fell by almost a quarter in January compared with a year ago, although exports increased by 4.1%, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Manufacturing at Jaguar Land Rover's UK plants could slow down because of difficulties in getting parts from China due to the coronavirus epidemic. Chief executive Sir Ralf Speth has warned UK production risks being ... Read more

Aerospace News, Late February, 2020

AEROSPACE  Passenger numbers are rising, and with it a realisation that growth cannot be sustained without reducing greenhouse gas and other emissions. Aviation contributes around six per cent of UK emissions and this is expected to rise to 25% by 2050, according to the Aviation Environment Federation (AEF). The same organisation says aviation is responsible for 2-2.5 per cent of global man-made CO2 emissions, and is expected to grow to between 4 and 15 per cent by 2050. In the world’s airports, the International Air ... Read more

Manufacturing News, Late February, 2020

MANUFACTURING Staffordshire digger giant JCB is set to reduce production levels at its UK factories due to anticipated component shortages from Chinese suppliers hit by the coronavirus outbreak. It means a shorter working week from Monday for around 4,000 JCB and agency shop floor employees, mostly at plants at Rocester and Uttoxeter, and follows an immediate suspension of all overtime. Less than a third of manufacturing and engineering SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises) have a strategy for the introduction of Industry 4.0 technology, a ... Read more

Aerospace News, Late January, 2020

AEROSPACE Rolls-Royce has been making significant strides towards the augmentation of its electrification offering to the world via three important projects in Europe and the UK. Between seizing controlling interest in a Berlin-based electricity storage firm, pioneering a revolutionary electrical power system for the Ministry of Defence, and launching an advanced manufacturing hub for efficient jet engines in Bristol – and all in the first month of a new decade -Rolls-Royce could be said to be ‘taking charge’ of the EV marketplace. The “electric ... Read more

Automotive News, Late January, 2020

AUTOMOTIVE Concerns have been raised over the future of the Vauxhall car plant in Ellesmere Port after its owners announced the next version of the Astra will not be built there, but in Germany instead. The Rüsselsheim plant, which shares Astra production with Ellesmere Port, has been awarded the next variant of the model, which has traditionally been built at the Cheshire plant for sale in the UK and for export in the European markets badged as Opel. Triumph Motorcycles has formally launched a ... Read more

Automotive News, January 2020

AUTOMOTIVE More electric cars were registered in the UK during 2019 than any other year to date, as diesel car registrations fell by more than one-fifth on a year-on-year basis.  That is according to new industry data released today (6 January) by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMTT). The data reveals that the number of new car registrations fell by 2.4% between 2018 and 2019 – a trend the SMTT attributes, in part, to environmental concerns and anticipation around incoming clean ... Read more

Aerospace News, January 2020

AEROSPACE  Aircraft manufacturer Airbus delivered 863 commercial aircraft to 99 customers in 2019, outpacing its previous output record set in 2018 by 8%. In the 17th yearly production increase in a row, Airbus, which employs more than 6,000 staff at its wing making plant in Broughton, near Chester, progressed on the transition to all NEO (New Engine Option) variants and by year end Airbus had delivered 173 wide-body aircraft, its highest number in a single year. Leeds Bradford Airport has revealed plans to build ... Read more
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