Automotive News, Late February, 2020

AUTOMOTIVE Car production has fallen for the fifth month in a row amid weak demand in the UK, new figures reveal. Production for the UK fell by almost a quarter in January compared with a year ago, although exports increased by 4.1%, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Manufacturing at Jaguar Land Rover's UK plants could slow down because of difficulties in getting parts from China due to the coronavirus epidemic. Chief executive Sir Ralf Speth has warned UK production risks being ... Read more

Aerospace News, Late February, 2020

AEROSPACE Passenger numbers are rising, and with it a realisation that growth cannot be sustained without reducing greenhouse gas and other emissions. Aviation contributes around six per cent of UK emissions and this is expected to rise to 25% by 2050, according to the Aviation Environment Federation (AEF). The same organisation says aviation is responsible for 2-2.5 per cent of global man-made CO2 emissions, and is expected to grow to between 4 and 15 per cent by 2050. In the world’s airports, the International Air ... Read more

Manufacturing News, Late February, 2020

MANUFACTURING Staffordshire digger giant JCB is set to reduce production levels at its UK factories due to anticipated component shortages from Chinese suppliers hit by the coronavirus outbreak. It means a shorter working week from Monday for around 4,000 JCB and agency shop floor employees, mostly at plants at Rocester and Uttoxeter, and follows an immediate suspension of all overtime. Less than a third of manufacturing and engineering SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises) have a strategy for the introduction of Industry 4.0 technology, a ... Read more

Aerospace News, Late January, 2020

AEROSPACE Rolls-Royce has been making significant strides towards the augmentation of its electrification offering to the world via three important projects in Europe and the UK. Between seizing controlling interest in a Berlin-based electricity storage firm, pioneering a revolutionary electrical power system for the Ministry of Defence, and launching an advanced manufacturing hub for efficient jet engines in Bristol – and all in the first month of a new decade -Rolls-Royce could be said to be ‘taking charge’ of the EV marketplace. The “electric ... Read more

Automotive News, Late January, 2020

AUTOMOTIVE Concerns have been raised over the future of the Vauxhall car plant in Ellesmere Port after its owners announced the next version of the Astra will not be built there, but in Germany instead. The Rüsselsheim plant, which shares Astra production with Ellesmere Port, has been awarded the next variant of the model, which has traditionally been built at the Cheshire plant for sale in the UK and for export in the European markets badged as Opel. Triumph Motorcycles has formally launched a ... Read more

Automotive News, January 2020

AUTOMOTIVE More electric cars were registered in the UK during 2019 than any other year to date, as diesel car registrations fell by more than one-fifth on a year-on-year basis.  That is according to new industry data released today (6 January) by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMTT). The data reveals that the number of new car registrations fell by 2.4% between 2018 and 2019 – a trend the SMTT attributes, in part, to environmental concerns and anticipation around incoming clean ... Read more

Aerospace News, January 2020

AEROSPACE  Aircraft manufacturer Airbus delivered 863 commercial aircraft to 99 customers in 2019, outpacing its previous output record set in 2018 by 8%. In the 17th yearly production increase in a row, Airbus, which employs more than 6,000 staff at its wing making plant in Broughton, near Chester, progressed on the transition to all NEO (New Engine Option) variants and by year end Airbus had delivered 173 wide-body aircraft, its highest number in a single year. Leeds Bradford Airport has revealed plans to build ... Read more

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
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