Manufacturing News, January 2020

MANUFACTURING The Contract Manufacturing Index (CMI) for the final quarter of 2019 showed a further deterioration in the UK subcontract manufacturing market. It fell 23% from what had already been a poor third quarter. Overall the market was 56% down on the final quarter of the previous year. The Office for National Statistics said monthly gross domestic product declined 0.3% in November, after growth in the previous two months.  The UK economy slid into decline in November on the back of weakness in ... Read more

Manufacturing News, December 2019

MANUFACTURING  Smart factories could boost the global economy by at least $1.5tn over the next five years, so long as manufacturers can adopt the technologies necessary for the transformation. Adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) can unlock trillions in revenue for firms across the world according to a report by the Capgemini Research Institute – but the majority of manufacturers planning to invest in the technologies are still struggling to scale-up their operations. Read more

Aerospace and Defence News, December 2019

AEROSPACE  After the latest ESA ministerial conference, UK Space Agency confirms continued involvement and five-year spending plan The UK is to continue its active role as part of ESA, industry secretary Andrea Leadsom confirmed following the ministerial council meeting in Seville this week. As ESA is not part of the European Union’s organisations, the UK’s involvement is not affected by Brexit. ____________________ Airbus Defence and Space has invested in US-based battery technology company Amprius, to boost the development of new generation batteries based on silicon ... Read more

Automotive News, December 2019

AUTOMOTIVE Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz is to cut jobs with the aim of making more than €1bn (£840m) in savings by the end of 2022.  The cuts which reports say will lead to more than 1,000 jobs being lost come as the carmaker faces challenges from new, tougher emissions targets. ____________________ Carmaker Audi is to cut 9,500 of its 61,000 jobs in Germany between now and 2025 to make more money available for electric vehicles and digital working.The cuts which aim to save €6bn (£5.1bn) ... Read more

Aerospace News, Late October, 2019

AEROSPACE  A consortium of aircraft manufacturers has teamed up with Formula One to develop lightweight aircraft seating designed to help reduce CO2 emissions and secure the UK’s foothold in the £16bn aircraft interiors market. Formula One know-how combined with aerospace composites advanced manufacturing methods will be used to create a lightweight aircraft seating alternative that could vastly diminish carbon emissions and potentially save airlines millions of dollars each year. Read more

Automotive News, Late October, 2019

AUTOMOTIVE The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined -23.5% in September, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 41,216 LCVs were registered in the month, down some 12,632 units on September 2018, as regulatory changes, coupled with economic and political uncertainty, impacted the market. The UK new car market declined -2.5% in the first three quarters of the year, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders ... Read more

Preparing for Brexit – Deal Or No Deal

Manufacturers are being left to operate in a seriously challenging trading environment. Why would companies prepare for a further deadline months later? And to what end – are we really any closer to reaching a deal which the EU, the UK Government and Parliament will accept? Parliament’s recent actions have sought, yet again, to take no deal off the table. This new legislation pushed through by opposition parties means a further extension looks more likely than ever. Taking no-deal on 31 October ... Read more

Manufacturing News, September 2019

MANUFACTURING ASK Chemicals, one of the world’s leading suppliers of foundry chemicals, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the industrial resin business from SI Group (New York, USA). With this acquisition, ASK Chemicals is reinforcing its position in the foundry market and at the same time strengthening its non-foundry business. Read more

Aerospace News, September 2019

AEROSPACE Rolls-Royce has revealed that repairs to its Trent 1000 engines are taking longer than at first expected. Read more

Automotive News, September 2019

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will shut down production in all its UK plants, including Halewood on Merseyside, for a week, starting from November 4. The manufacturing giant blamed the uncertainty of Brexit and other external factors on the decision to cease production. Read more
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