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 & 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

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

Defence & Aerospace news, Late November 2016

A consortium comprising the world’s leader in aircraft landing gear, a leading specialist metals producer and two of the UK’s leading universities is working on FASTForge, a project aimed at the production of aerospace-grade titanium at a third of the current price.The partners working on the FASTForge project include Safran Landing Systems (formerly Messier-Bugatti-Dowty); Metalvsis; the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), and the University of Sheffield.Through FASTForge, the consortium is aiming to produce novel titanium alloy aerospace components ...Read more

Defence & Aerospace News, October 2016

The government’s industrial strategy should be used to boost the capability of and, spin off technologies in, the UK defence and security supply chain, according to the head of EEF.  The call was made by Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF, addressing senior executives at the annual conference of NDI, the organisation representing Britain’s Defence, Security, Aerospace and Space industries. According to Scuoler the on-going capability of these key sectors is vital to the future of high value manufacturing in the UK ...Read more

Defence News, September 2016

India’s decade-long process to acquire fighter jets will take a significant step forward when the country signs a deal with France to buy 36 Dassault Rafale aircraft expected to cost €8bn. The deal brings to a conclusion one of the most coveted international arms contracts in recent years. It originally saw four defence companies — Dassault, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and the BAE Systems-led Eurofighter consortium — vie to supply New Delhi with 126 jets.Read more