Manufacturing News, July 2018

Companies across the Black Country have been experiencing cash flow issues in recent months. A new quarterly economic survey has revealed. The survey was carried out by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce with the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and in manufacturing 75% of respondents reported either improved or constant levels of cash flow in the second quarter of this year, a significant fall from 90% in the previous quarter. Cash flow is also proving to be a concern amongst manufacturing ... Read more

Automotive News, July 2018

High-performance testing and development engineers from Toyota Motorsport have joined forces with the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in a bid to remain in pole position of the automotive technology grid. Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), whose parent company is Toyota Motor Corporation, has built its reputation in motorsport via World Rally, Formula 1 and now the FIA World Endurance Championship, which includes the Le Mans 24 Hours. In parallel to its motorsport activities, TMG also carries out a wide ... Read more

2018 UK Automotive Sustainability Report

UK Automotive makes a vital contribution to the UK Economy. Sustainability lies at the heart of the UK automotive industry. From improving the environmental performance of vehicle and component manufacture, to the investment in the skills of employees, right through to the remanufacturing or “second life” of components and the recycling of end-of-life vehicles, the industry seeks to ensure it is a model of industrial sustainability. We are delighted, therefore, to see this commitment clearly demonstrated in the performance of the signatories ... Read more

Nuclear News, June 2018

More than half of manufacturers taking part in the Nuclear AMRC’s ‘Fit for Nuclear’ programme are confident of winning new nuclear work this year, a new survey has found.   The latest survey of companies which are currently progressing through ‘Fit for Nuclear’ (F4N), or are already granted, shows that most are confident of winning new business and have seen real benefits from the programme.  In all, 89% of participating companies would recommend F4N to other manufacturers.   F4N is a unique service which lets ... Read more

Aerospace News, June 2018

The developing trade war between the US and Europe over steel and aluminium tariffs is raising concerns in the aircraft leasing industry that tit-for-tat levies could spread to the booming aviation finance industry.   Peter Barrett, chief executive of the fourth biggest leasing company, SMBC was entering new territory after the EU this week confirmed it planned to target €2.8bn of US products in retaliation for the US decision to introduce levies on European steel and aluminium imports.         SMBC continued to use the current ... Read more

Manufacturing News, June 2018

Castings and engineering group Chamberlin has enjoyed very encouraging revenue growth after a challenging period. It had suffered technical issues at its new facility which had hit earnings and its share price, but is now ready to put those problems behind it.   While the year has delivered on their revenue expectations, margins have suffered due to the difficulties they have encountered in the start-up of our new machining facility, and ramp up of the Walsall foundry to meet unexpected demand. The technical ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, June 2018

With the oil and gas industry under pressure, manufacturers are turning to additive manufacturing for reduced costs and shorter timeframes. Gas turbines sit at the heart of power plant operations. A mixture of fuels, such as diesel, kerosene and liquid petroleum gas, is heated at high temperatures until a rush of hot air is produced, forcing a turbine’s blades to spin and generate electricity.   It’s a relatively simple method, which dates all the way back to the late 1930s when the first ... Read more

Power Generation News, June 2018

A bid has been lodged to expand a wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills, taking its turbine total to more man 100. The Crystal Rig development straddles the boundary between the Scottish Borders and East Lothian. Developers Fred Olsen Renewables have submitted an application to the Scottish government to add another 11 turbines to the site. It has described the area as the “ideal location” to help meet national renewable energy targets.   The original 25-turbine Crystal Rig development became operational in 2003 ... Read more

Automotive News, June 2018

Thousands of the newly launched Range Rover Velar, revamped Land Rover Discovery and the new Jaguar E Pace – the baby version of the F-Pace SUV – were sold last month, helping hike JLR’s global sales by 6.1% in May to 48,281.   Sales for the company, which makes its engines at the £1bn factory on the i54 site to the north of Wolverhampton, were up in the UK, America and the Oversea markets – including the Pacific area, Middle East, South America, ... Read more

Aerospace News, June 2018

New processes for etching aluminium and titanium parts is helping a Shropshire manufacturer of precision photo etched metal components smash the £5m barrier for the first time in its history.   Advanced Chemical Etching (A.C.E), which is located on Hortonwood in Telford, has seen sales soar by 20% over the last twelve months, with new contracts secured across the aerospace, F1 and automotive sectors.   The firm’s ACmE and TiME processes have generated significant demand from a global customer base that Is committed to sourcing ... Read more
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