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

Railway News – Early August 2022

ScotRail has said that it plans to replace 65% of its train fleet between 2027 and 2035. Setting out its plan in a notice for legal services on the government portal, it said nine of the eleven sub-fleets of trains currently operated will be replaced as leases expire and it becomes uneconomical to life-extend trains for continued operation. As part of this programme, ScotRail will decarbonise its entire train fleet, which it says will help the Scottish Government deliver a key milestone in ... Read more

Mining News – Early August 2022

Hitachi Rail and Rio Tinto have marked another significant AutoHaul milestone with the commissioning of the autonomous rail transport system for the new Gudai-Darri iron ore mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara. The greenfield mine development has involved the construction of a 166-kilometre rail spur to connect the new mine to Rio Tinto’s existing AutoHaul rail network in the region. The world’s first fully automated heavy-haul, long-distance rail system, AutoHaul enables 220 trains, which are monitored remotely from an operations centre in Perth, to ... Read more

Defence News – Early August 2022

A £16m programme to boost SME defence innovation has been launched by the government. With the innovation of SMEs, the resources of big suppliers and initial funding from government, the Defence Technology Exploitation Programme (DTEP) is designed to bring the key components together to allow pioneering projects to flourish.  ____________________ WFEL and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) have each selected Rolls Royce Solutions UK to supply their MTU engine for the British Army’s new Boxer Armoured vehicles. The MTU 8v 199 TS21 engines are proven ... Read more
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