Defence News – September 2022

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is seeking to establish a network of suppliers capable of 3D printing military-grade spare parts on-demand. As part of ‘Project TAMPA,’ the MoD aims to create a multi-supplier framework with the capacity to 3D print lighter, stronger metal parts as and when they’re needed. If this can be achieved, the UK government department anticipates being able to drive down military equipment and weaponry lead times, while improving the availability of difficult-to-source obsolete components. Read more

Manufacturing News – September 2022

A significant majority of UK manufacturing SMEs are predicted turnover growth in the next 12 months, new research from Paragon Bank has found. A survey of over 1,000 SMEs, conducted by Opinium on behalf of Paragon found that, despite wider economic challenges, 45% of firms in the sector are expecting turnover to increase, with a further 30% planning for it to stay at its current level. Optimism within the sector is matched by plans for investment, with 55% of manufacturing SMEs set to ... Read more

Aerospace News – September 2022

GKN Aerospace has completed its largest structural titanium additive manufacturing (AM) demonstration to date with the production of a component measuring 8 feet (2.5 meters) and processed from approximately 100 pounds of titanium. The demonstration, conducted in collaboration with aircraft manufacturer Northrop Grumman, focused on the additive manufacturing process of laser metal deposition with wire (LMD-w), which successfully doubled the scale of previous components produced. The ability to scale additive manufacturing technology–also known as 3D printing—for large aerostructure components has a wide ... Read more

Automotive News – September 2022

British CV output nearly doubles in best August for a decade. UK commercial vehicle (CV) production rises 92.9% to 6,132 units, marking the best August since 2012 and the eighth consecutive month of growth. Overseas demand increases 78.4%, while production for UK operators more than doubles year-on-year, rising 119.3%. Year-to-date CV output is up 50.3% at 64,828 units in the best year-to-date since 2012. ____________________ British car output up but record input costs threaten recovery. UK car production rises 34.0% in August to ... Read more

Railway News – Late August 2022

Boost for UK economy and rail industry through new Israel partnership. The Memorandum of Understanding will boost business opportunities and allow sharing of expertise. UK to secure new business opportunities as Transport Secretary signs partnership with Israel, offering potential jobs for nation’s rail industry new UK-Israel Memorandum of Understanding to extend the benefits of Crossrail expertise overseas, promoting global Britain and enabling British engineers to team up with companies abroad move follows successful launch of the Elizabeth Line bringing an estimated £42 ... Read more

Nuclear News – Late August 2022

The Nuclear AMRC has secured additional funding from Innovate UK to develop and deliver training equipment for the new Nuclear Skills Academy in Derby. The £1.3m funding will help fund bespoke training equipment and IT facilities for engineering apprentices at the new training centre at Infinity Park Derby. The Nuclear Skills Academy will open its doors in September to train 200 apprentices a year for Rolls-Royce’s submarine propulsion business. Andrew Storer, CEO of the Nuclear AMRC, said: “There are significant skills shortages across the ... Read more

Power Generation News – Late August 2022

The deployment of Rolls-Royce SMR's small modular reactors (SMRs) has been boosted by a new agreement that will enable use of the design in the Netherlands. Rolls-Royce SMR has signed an exclusive agreement with Dutch development company ULC-Energy to work together to deploy SMR power stations in the country. Rolls-Royce SMR and ULC-Energy believe nuclear energy can accelerate the transition to a clean, affordable and reliable energy system in the Netherlands.  According to Rolls-Royce SMR, its design applies proven nuclear technology to provide ... Read more

Manufacturing News – Late August 2022

A unique collective of manufacturers are embarking on a major recruitment drive after a string of reshoring wins and new breakthroughs in electrification technology. The Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), which comprises eight sub-contract manufacturers and a specialist engineering design agency, has got more than 50 different vacancies currently up for grabs and is urging people to come forward to make the most of the opportunities. Roles range from SMT quality technicians and casting experts to technical sales and CNC machine setters, with firms ... Read more

Aerospace News – Late August 2022

Leonardo is now an anchor tenant at the new aerospace centre iAero, located next to the company’s site in Yeovil, Somerset - the ‘Home of British Helicopters’. This tenancy highlights the company’s continued commitment to aerospace innovation in the region and beyond. The iAero innovation centre in Yeovil, which opened its doors in February 2022, is a collaboration between Somerset County Council, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and Leonardo Helicopters. A Leonardo team has now taken residence in the ... Read more

Automotive News – Late August 2022

UK commercial vehicle output continues growth with best July for six years. UK commercial vehicle (CV) production rises 43.9% to 8,097 units in the best July since 2016 and eleventh consecutive month of growth. Overseas demand increases by 34.2%, while production for Britain’s CV market grows by 58.5%. UK manufacturing is up 46.9% since January, at 58,693, the best year to date since 2012. UK commercial vehicle (CV) production grew by 43.9% in July, with 8,097 units of the latest vans, buses, ... Read more
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