Automotive News – Late March 2021

UK car production fell -14.0% in February, with 105,008 units leaving factory gates, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 17,163 fewer cars were made, representing an 18th consecutive month of decline and the weakest February performance in more than a decade as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, in particular shuttered UK showrooms, new customs processes and global supply chain constraints continued to influence output. Production for the domestic market fell -34.9%, ... Read more

Rail News – Early March 2021

A TRAIN builder's investment at its County Durham factory – which now totals £110million – sees new facilities completed, allowing welding and painting to start on brand new UK passenger trains. New welding and painting facilities will be used to build the next generation of intercity trains for East Midlands Railway and Avanti West Coast at Hitachi, in Newton Aycliffe. Around 40 staff and newly graduated welders and painters will be completing the high-tech aluminium carriage shells, which are a signature of Hitachi’s ... Read more

Mining News – Early March 2021

Tesla has decided to become a technical partner in a nickel mine - which is needed for lithium-ion batteries that power electric cars. Elon Musk's car firm will also buy nickel from the Goro mine on the small Pacific island of New Caledonia to secure its long-term supply.  The move comes amid growing concerns about future supplies of nickel. New Caledonia is the world's fourth largest nickel producer, which has seen a 26% rally in prices in the past year.  "Nickel is our ... Read more

Power Generation News – Early March 2021

A major new port - and thousands of jobs - are on the way after US industrial giant GE confirmed it will build its turbine blade factory on Teesside. Around 3,000 jobs will be created after the Government announced an investment of up to £20m to develop the next generation of offshore wind projects on the banks of the Tees. Construction will start on the Teesworks Offshore Manufacturing Centre later this year - including a heavy lift quay with the capacity for up ... Read more

Manufacturing News – Early March 2021

West Midlands manufacturers are seeing a mixed picture in the first quarter of the year as the continued struggles of the automotive sector hit the region. A survey published today by Make UK and business advisory firm BDO shows the brutal impact of the pandemic with the sector overall seeing a drop in output of 10% nationally last year.  However, reflecting the more positive picture as the year progresses Make UK has upgraded its growth forecasts for the sector for 2021. According to ... Read more

Aerospace News – Early March 2021

Aerospace R&D projects aimed at boosting efficiencies, creating jobs, and driving green innovation across the plane manufacturing sector are among successful bidders sharing £90m of new backing from the UK government, which claimed the funding would help the wider industry "build back greener" from the Covid-19 crisis. The government announced five projects on Friday which would share the new funding, as part of a package it claimed could secure 1,400 jobs across the stricken aerospace and aviation sector, which has been hit ... Read more

Automotive News – Early March 2021

Nissan announces plans for major expansion of renewable energy at Sunderland Plant. The Proposal would generate enough power to build every Nissan LEAF sold in Europe, as Nissan heads towards a carbon-neutral future. Nissan has announced plans for a major expansion to renewable energy generation at its record-breaking plant in Sunderland, UK.  Complementing the plant’s existing wind turbines and solar farm, the proposed 20MW solar farm extension represents a further step in Nissan’s path to carbon neutrality. If approved, the 37,000-panel extension would result ... Read more

MMMA Chairman, Adrian Haller on Brexit & Reshoring

BREXIT AND RESHORING The UK left the European Union (EU) at the end of 2020 when the transition period ended, but will this move have an impact on the sheet metal forming industry? Leath-Dawson is sure that leaving the bloc will provide a positive boost to the industry. “We go back to the 1970s slogan ‘Buy British’ and things start to be more nationally produced which will be good for manufacturing and our economy. I think it will have a stronger local focus ... Read more

Steel News – Late February 2021

Britishvolt has signed the UK Steel Charter and committed to using UK-manufactured steel for its new Blyth Gigafactory. Britishvolt has committed to using UK made steel for its £2.6bn battery Gigafactory in the UK, according to a press release by Make UK. Demonstrating its commitment to British manufacturing and steel production, Britishvolt signed the UK Steel Charter, pledging to source UK-manufactured steel for its Gigafactory in Blyth, Northumberland. Read more

Power Generation News – Late February 2021

Siemens Gamesa has applied for permission to increase the site of its wind turbine manufacturing facility in Hull, potentially creating hundreds of jobs. If plans go ahead, Siemens Gamesa will dramatically extend its facility on Alexandra Dock from 387,500 sq ft to 835,280 sq ft to support the growing North Sea wind energy industry. The proposed development will be dependent on Government support and Siemens Gamesa securing work for the next phase of development on the offshore wind   Sheffield Forgemasters has joined an offshore ... Read more
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