Aerospace & Defence News, July 2017

French 3D printing specialist Prodways Group has unveiled a new additive manufacturing process claimed to be ideal for producing large titanium parts for the aerospace industry.  The company claims that its so-called Rapid Additive Forging (RAF) process represents a significant improvement over existing titanium component production methods, which often involve a combination of forging and machining techniques. ‘’Certain titanium parts have manufacturing lead times of more than 12 months and implies significant metal wastes.” said the company. The technology uses a robot ...Read more

Aerospace News, May 2017

Derby-based Rolls-Royce and Kale Group, a major player in global and national defence and aerospace industries, have announced the formation of a joint venture company to target aero engine opportunities in Turkey.  Kale Group will own 51% and Rolls-Royce 49% of the joint venture, which aims to develop aircraft engines for Turkey, initially targeting the TF-X National Fighter jet Project. Kale Group is the contractor for the Turbojet engine development project, a milestone in Turkey’s aim to produce domestic aircraft engines.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

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

Aerospace News, February 2017

A bribery settlement and the fall in the pound have pushed engineering giant Rolls-Royce to a record loss. The jet engine maker reported a loss before tax of £4.6bn for 2016.Rolls-Royce agreed to pay £671 m to settle corruption cases with UK and US authorities and it has written off £4.4bn from currency related contracts.Like many international businesses, Rolls-Royce usually “hedges” its bets to protect itself from fluctuating currency markets. Most international aerospace contracts are priced in dollars, but, as a ...Read more

Aerospace & Defence News, February 2017

Defence giant BAE Systems is being paid by the United States government to supply the Indian Army with field guns. The 145 M777 ultra-lightweight howitzers will be made at the company's site In Barrow, Cumbria. The £445m ($542m) contract will mean 130 new jobs, it said. The US Department of Defence is buying the weaponry through its Foreign Military Sales programme, which supports other countries' defence if it is in US and world security interests.  Work will start immediately and deliveries are scheduled ...Read more

Evolution of reshoring in the plastics industry heading into 2017

Last spring the UK experienced a growth in reshoring manufacturing, following the industry trend in North America. 18 months later, how has this evolved and what will be the impact of Brexit?Family-run, UK plastic injection moulding company Pentagon Plastics have continued to experience a resurgence in reshoring. Over the last year they have welcomed an increase in enquiries from customers that have previously used overseas suppliers.Paul Edwards, Managing Director, highlights that companies looking to bring their manufacturing back to the UK ...Read more

On The Road To Reshoring

Reshoring got top billing a couple of years ago when Prime Minister of the day David Cameron launched a government-backed reshoring initiative. This saw UK Trade & Investment and the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) form ‘Reshore UK’ ( was January 2014 and the initiative is no longer; just like MAS. Today we have ‘Growth Hubs’ and local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), but a search for ‘reshoring’ at the LEP network website ( delivers no related returns.So it is left to small trade association ...Read more

Aerospace & Defence News, January 2017

The Ministry of Defence has agreed a £410 million maintenance contract for the UK’s Atlas A400M aircraft, securing a key part of the RAF airlift fleet until 2026. The contract will sustain around 200 UK jobs with Airbus Defence and Space, focused around RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. An additional 200 jobs will be sustained at GKN, Messier Dowty, Rolls-Royce and Thales.The contract with Airbus will pay for maintenance, upgrade and repair of the UK’s entire fleet of Atlas transport planes ...Read more

Aerospace News, November 2016

Europe’s largest production plant for titanium aerospace castings is nearing completion at AMRC Castings’ facilities on the outskirts of Sheffield, England.The furnaces in the facility are capable of melting 1,000kg of titanium and the site will have its first test melt in December Two large scale power supply units have been installed to deliver the energy required by the organisation’s consumable electrode casting furnace. The furnace is capable of melting the 1,000kg of titanium required to make a 500kg casting and has ...Read more
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