Aerospace News – Early May 2022

Plane manufacturer, Airbus, said it will create up to 550 jobs at its wing-making factory at Broughton, near Chester, as part of a £100m investment. The boost for the site is linked to plans announced in January this year to recruit around 6,000 staff group-wide in response to strong signs of recovery post-COVID in the aerospace industry, and linked to the group’s plans to prepare the future of aviation and implement its roadmap for decarbonisation.     Australian flag carrier, Qantas Group, has boosted the ... Read more

Automotive News – Early May 2022

The motor industry’s microchip shortage hit sales at luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), leading to a pre-tax loss of £412m for the year to March 31. The car maker, which has production plants at Halewood in Merseyside and Solihull and Castle Bromwich in the West Midlands, said the ongoing problem drove down revenues by 17% to £18.3bn, while the previous year’s pre-tax profit of £662m, before exceptional items, was transformed into a pre-tax loss of £412m before a fourth quarter ... Read more

Steel News – Late April 2022

Submarine cable manufacturer XLCC has signed the UK Steel Charter in a boost for the industry. The step commits XLCC to using British-made metal where possible for its £16bn scheme to carry power from Morocco to Devon.  XLCC signed the charter at an event in Parliament on 19 April 2022, alongside representatives from politics, business and the trade union movement. Read more

Nuclear News – Late April 2022

Rolls-Royce SMR has announced it will create 400 jobs, split between Warrington and Derby, to support the growth of its nuclear power station business.  SMR’s are small modular reactors which will use nuclear power to deliver energy needs for the future. Rolls-Royce SMR is the UK domestic energy champion and will play a key role in achieving the Government’s British Energy Security Strategy, which pledges to accelerate the expansion of nuclear by delivering the equivalent of one nuclear reactor per year instead ... Read more

Railway News – Late April 2022

Research and innovation in digitalisation in the railway equipment supply, product and services sector is on the rise.  The most recent figures show that the number of digitalisation related patent applications in the industry stood at 35 in the three months ending February – up from 32 over the same period in 2021. Figures for patent grants related to digitalisation followed a different pattern to filings – shrinking from 22 in the three months ending February 2021 to 16 in the same ... Read more

Power Generation News – Late April 2022

Rabat - Xlinks, a British green energy company, will build the twin high-voltage subsea cables that will be transferring green electricity from Morocco to the United Kingdom in a new factory in Scotland.  Xlinks is set to build a factory in Hunterston, Scotland. The factory’s first output will be the Morocco-UK Power Projects, according to Electrek, an energy-focused news outlet. The new factory is set to produce four 3,800 km subsea cables for the first phase of the Morocco-UK Power Project. Over ... Read more

Manufacturing News – Late April 2022

The next generation of materials to meet the needs of UK manufacturing are set to be developed by a new state-of-the-art research centre that has officially opened 20 April 2022. The University of Sheffield has officially opened a new state-of-the-art research centre to develop the next generation of materials to meet the needs of UK manufacturers New Royce Discovery Centre, part of the Henry Royce Institute, will give UK manufacturers the expertise and facilities needed to discover new materials and more ... Read more

Aerospace News – Late April 2022

Boeing and the aerostructures company Spirit AeroSystems have reached an agreement to support maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of the global fleet of Boeing 737 MAX.   The deal particularly concerns the repair of the nacelles and flight controls and aims “to expand Boeing’s parts services options in response to customer needs”.  ______________________  Aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, has logged more than 80 new orders with two clients, boosting the workload at its Broughton factory, near Chester, which makes wings for all its commercial planes. Global aircraft ... Read more

Automotive News – Late April 2022

Global supply challenges wipe 100,000 cars from UK automotive output in first quarter. UK car production falls -32.4% in first quarter, a decline of 99,211 units on pandemic-affected Q1 2021. Output for March drops -33.4% to 76,900 units, as 4.3% rise in production for the UK fails to offset -41.4% exports decline. As manufacturing costs soar, sector calls for measures to shore up UK’s global competitiveness and secure the UK supply-chain. UK car manufacturing declined -32.4% during the first three months of ... Read more

Power Generation News – Early April 2022

Low Carbon manufacturing boosted with Green Bank. The £1bn capital funding pledged through the Green Investment Bank will benefit firms in the West Midlands working in the sustainable energy and low carbon sectors. Mr Osborne announced that the annual budget for the Department of Energy and Climate Change would be £3.1bn. This represents a 5% annual budget cut but £200m is pledged for wind power development. Read more
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