Manufacturing News, May 2017

Organisations which have introduced advanced automation into their workplace are seeing revenue growth, job creation and greater employee satisfaction, according to a new global survey.   By 2018, almost half of companies (46) said they would need greater automation to handle the volume of tasks being generated. By 2020, nearly nine in 10 companies (86%) are expecting to hit breaking point. More than three-quarters (78%) said data from mobile devices and the Internet of Things was compounding the issue.   Intelligent automation – such as artificial ... Read more

Power Generation News, 2017

A new 600MW wind farm off the Dutch coast has come online, and will eventually provide power to 1.5 million people.   Situated 85km into the North Sea off the coast of Groningen, the Gemini wind park is one of the world’s largest.  Its 150 turbines cover 68 square kilometres, and provide an installed capacity of 600MW. According to Gemini, the location has some of the highest and most consistent wind speeds in the North Sea, averaging 36km/h.   ____________________     Batteries that have powered electric cars ... Read more

Automotive News, May 2017

Japanese carmaker Toyota will be responsible for best practice requirements in a £3m programme created by several public and private bodies which aims to create a platform for fuel cell production for zero-emission cars.   Clean energy provider Intelligent Energy will take the technical lead in the scheme, aiming to demonstrate cost reductions of fuel cells through digital manufacturing techniques.   The three-year programme, named Digiman, will be supported by an academic department at the University of Warwick, which provides research in manufacturing and technology. ... Read more

Manufacturing News – April 2017

Almost two-thirds (65%) of UK manufacturing business Invested in automation over the past 12 months, according to the latest Annual Manufacturing Report. The report also reveals the majority of those executives surveyed represent companies which are already undertaking a move to Industry 4.0 (23%) or were planning to do so (62%). More than half (51 %) of those investing in automation expect to redeploy existing staff to perform more profitable roles within the organisation.   Manufacturers are leading the way when it comes ... Read more

Power Generation News – April 2017

The UK has seen a huge growth in wind farm installations, with the cumulative offshore and onshore wind installed capacity in the UK in 2016 recorded at 12.1GW, according to Wind Europe’s Wind in Power: 2016 statistics report.   Because of a lack of energy storage, the UK electricity grid is unable to handle the large amounts of intermittent electricity created by renewable sources like wind farms during times of low energy demand. Too much or too little power can throw off the ... Read more

Automotive News – April 2017

March was the best month to date for UK car registrations, according to the car industry trade body. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said 562,337 new cars were registered in March, up 8.4% on the same month last year. Those figures were boosted by a change in the number plate in March and planned changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), it said.   “These record figures are undoubtedly boosted by consumers reacting to new VED changes, pulling forward purchases ... Read more

Aerospace News – April 2017

Aeromet International, a leading supplier of airframe and aero engine components has expanded its relationship with Boeing by securing the biggest set of orders in the company’s 40-year history. According to Aeromet, it has been awarded a new contract to supply parts to Boeing’s next generation 777X aircraft, alongside extensions to existing long-term agreements covering the supply of parts for 737, 767 and 777s.   Aeromet specialises in aluminium and magnesium cast parts, employing 260 staff at sites in Worcester, Rochester and Sittingbourne. ... Read more

LLOYDS BANK UK MANUFACTURING OUTLOOK (Q1 2017)

  UK manufacturing production rose sharply in the last few months of 2016. January did see a modest setback but this is likely to be temporary as orders certainly look strong enough to generate further output gains. As a result, 2017 will probably see a further acceleration in output growth. Near term, the boost to competitiveness from sterling’s depreciation last year last is probably a key driver of this upturn, although some surveys show domestic sales rising more quickly than external sales. Looking further ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, March 2017

Ineos, the petrochemicals group, is in talks with BP to buy the Forties pipeline system, one of the most strategically important pieces of infrastructure in the North Sea.   The Forties network is made up of about 100 miles of pipeline and handles around 450,000 barrels of oil a day equivalent to 40 per cent of UK production —from 80 different oilfields.   A sale of the pipeline system would complete BP’s withdrawal from assets that once formed the heart of its operations after North ... Read more

Aerospace & Defence News, March 2017

Black Country training provider, In-Comm Training has been chosen to help deliver a suite of interactive online training resources for the UK aerospace sector. In-Comm Training, which operates two academies, is part of the £320,000 EU-funded Erasmus+ AEERO (Aerospace Engineering ECVET Resources Online) project that will develop a suite of interactive online training resources.   The University of Wolverhampton secured the money for the collaboration and the University’s Faculty of Arts is now working with the company, a number of local manufacturers and ... Read more
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