Defence News – Early April 2022

An order for 100 more military vehicles, worth several hundred million pounds, will create 120 more jobs at Stockport engineering group WFEL. More recruitment in the associated supply chain is also expected. The extension of the manufacturing contract was announced at WFEL’s site during a visit by the British Army’s Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Lt Gen Sir Christopher Tickell, together with Chris Bushell, Director General Land, Defence Equipment and Support and other senior industry colleagues. Read more

Nuclear News – Early April 2022

William Cook Cast Products, the UK’s largest steel casting group, has joined the Nuclear AMRC to develop its capabilities for the nuclear sector and other low-carbon energy markets. William Cook Cast Products supplies high-specification cast steel components to all segments of the energy sector – from offshore drilling to renewable power generation, to nuclear waste storage – as well as for demanding markets such as rail and defence. Read more

Manufacturing News – Early April 2022

Almost 90% of manufacturing leaders plan to invest in technology to support a hybrid workforce during the next 12-18 months, new research reveals. According to the survey by Riverbed | Aternity, 51% of business decision makers (BDMs) in the manufacturing industry believe that half (50%) of their workforce will remain hybrid post-pandemic. Additionally, the vast majority of manufacturing BDMs (96%) believe a hybrid structure would help them recruit talent and remain competitive. These are two key findings from the Riverbed | Aternity ... Read more

Aerospace News – Early April 2022

The UK’s aerospace technology research programme, the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), is to receive record levels of government funding, Industry Minister Lee Rowley confirmed, driving forward the research and development of green aviation technology. The ATI will receive £685 million from the government for the financial years 2022-2023 through to 2024-2025, an increase of £235m on the previous three-year period.  Industry will provide co-funding, taking the total to more than £1 billion. Funds will be used to capitalise on the UK’s world-leading R&D ... Read more

Automotive News – Early April 2022

Luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) expects the global microchip shortage – which has constrained production levels – to ease throughout the next fiscal year. This follows comments by BMW chief executive, Oliver Zipse, last week, who said he expects to see an improvement in supplies, by next year at the latest. JLR, which has production plants at Halewood in Merseyside and Solihull and Castle Bromwich in the West Midlands, issued production figures for the fourth quarter, ahead of announcing its annual ... Read more

Rail News – Late March 2022

Two engineering firms have said they are creating about 200 jobs in Derby. Train builder Alstom, which replaced Bombardier in the city, said it wants to hire 100 mechanical fitters. And an on-site supplier, Motherson, said it needs the same number of electrical fitters to join it. Both companies are working with recruitment agency Shorterm to fill the positions which are being offered to meet their manufacturing demands for the year ahead For the roles at Motherson, no experience is required, and full paid training ... Read more

Industrial Metals News – Late March 2022

  The US has agreed to ease Trump-era tariffs on UK steel and aluminium shipments, resolving an issue that had strained relations between the allies. The move follows earlier deals with the European Union and Japan over the controversial taxes, which were imposed by former President Donald Trump in 2018 in the name of national security. In exchange, the UK will suspend extra taxes it had put on US products such as bourbon and Levi's jeans. Business groups welcomed the decision. Under the agreement, the US ... Read more

Power Generation News – Late March 2022

HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc (LON:HGEN) and the corporate venture arm of French aerospace company Safran Group (EPA:SAF) announced a common investment in Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Ltd (CAeS), an UK aircraft innovation company. ----------------------------------- More jobs are on the horizon after a company which makes wind turbines announced a new generation of the green energy machines. Vestas currently employs 650 people manufacturing wind turbine blades on the Isle of Wight, it is thought 50 new jobs will be created. The Danish company said the longer 85m ... Read more

Manufacturing News – Late March 2022

UK manufacturing output grew at a brisk pace in the three months to March, but the balance of manufacturers expecting to increase prices rose to a survey record high, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey. Read more

Aerospace News – Late March 2022

Delta has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to become the first US-based airline to collaborate with Airbus on the latter’s existing efforts to commercialise the use of hydrogen for aircrafts.   Airbus recently agreed to a partnership with engine manufacturers to enable the use of hydrogen in combustion engines, with an overall aim of integrating it into a zero-emission aircraft by 2035.   Airbus signed a partnership agreement with CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines. The companies will work ... Read more
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