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. https://www.pesmedia.com/uk-defence-manufacturing-industry-02082022  ____________________ 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

Shipbuilding News – Early August 2022

Smart Green Shipping announces £5m investment into FastRig wing sail technology. A three-year project backed by the Scottish Government and industry will develop and test fully automated, emission-reduction sail technology that can be retrofitted to merchant ships. Collaborative three-year R&D project brings together major industry players including Malin, Drax, Peel Ports and Lloyd's Register The wind technology project will deliver a demonstrator on a commercial ship by 2023 Smart Green Shipping's FastRig automated sail technology is compatible with up to 40,000 ships ... Read more

Power Generation News – Early August 2022

Octopus Energy Generation is partnering with turbine manufacturer EWT to repower up to 1000 existing onshore wind turbines in the UK to help boost energy security. The older wind turbines Octopus and EWT identified across England, Scotland and Wales, have already been powering communities for years. In total the UK has approximately 9,000 onshore wind turbines, Octopus said. By increasing the green generation capacity of around a tenth of these, there’s potential to power hundreds of thousands more homes with new cheap, green energy, ... Read more

Manufacturing News – Early August 2022

Siemens has partnered with cybersecurity software company Awen Collective to develop a new, accessible and affordable, managed OT security solution for SME manufacturers. The collaboration will allow businesses to buy into a managed security solution, protecting any networked, internet-connected technology starting from £10,000. Ordinarily, setting up and maintaining a security operations centre can cost a business hundreds of thousands of pounds.  https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/siemens-and-awen-collective-collaboration-offers-sme-manufacturers-affordable-cybersecurity-solutions/  ______________________ A new study by Sage, the leader in accounting, financial, HR and payroll technology for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), has revealed ... Read more

Aerospace News – Early August 2022

Engineering consultancy company Ricardo, has completed a series of pioneering thermal systems projects on behalf of BAE Systems. The project saw Ricardo work as a technical partner with BAE Systems on its its Tempest programme, a UK partnership that brings together industry leaders to generate technologies and experiences needed to lead the development of the next generation of combat air systems. https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/westmidlands/news/2066612-ricardo-completes-combat-air-craft-technology-research ______________________ As the commercial aircraft market takes off once again, Doncasters has invested $12.9m in two of its facilities, one in the US ... Read more

Automotive News – Early August 2022

Used car market falls despite electric boost. UK used car market falls -18.8% in Q2 2022 with 1,759,684 cars changing hands. First half transactions down -8.3% on last year and market now -12.8% year to date behind pre-pandemic 2019. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) see boost of 57.1% to reach one in 105 transactions. The UK’s used car market shrank by -18.8% during the second quarter of 2022, with 1,759,684 transactions taking place, according to the latest figures released today by the Society ... Read more

Steel News – Late July 2022

A £6m investment to upgrade Tata Steel’s Trostre plant in Llanelli with the very latest cutting-edge technology is already paying dividends with record-breaking performances. The investment has been made in the site’s Continuous Annealing Process Line (CAPL), which softens the strip steels before they go on to be made into cans for food, petfood, aerosols and paint. https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/tata-steels-6m-investment-in-trostre-plant-paying-dividends/ Read more

Defence News – Late July 2022

The UK Ministry of Defence's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Future Capability Group (FCG) has awarded a four-year contract valued at £60m to Leonardo to deliver the Rotary Wing Uncrewed Air System (RWUAS) Technology Demonstration Programme (TDP), "RWUAS CCD Phase 3 TDP”. This programme funded through Defence Innovation, will include the flight of an advanced uncrewed VTOL prototype referred to by the UK MOD as “Proteus”. Proteus is a key element of the Royal Navy Future Maritime Aviation Force (FMAF) vision for ... Read more
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