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Manufacturing News, July 2017

Additive manufacturing has made an enormous difference to manufacturers. Almost all the world’s largest industrial organisations have invested heavily in the technology, with machine and equipment vendors. The cost has significantly dropped over the past five years, while additive’s capabilities and real-world use-cases have boomed. When businesses were asked if they use any element of additive manufacturing or 3D printing, more than two-thirds (69%) said yes, and the range of benefits they derived from it is impressive. The flexibility additive now brings was ...Read more

Manufacturing News, May 2017

Organisations which have introduced advanced automation into their workplace are seeing revenue growth, job creation and greater employee satisfaction, according to a new global survey. By 2018, almost half of companies (46) said they would need greater automation to handle the volume of tasks being generated.By 2020, nearly nine in 10 companies (86%) are expecting to hit breaking point. More than three-quarters (78%) said data from mobile devices and the Internet of Things was compounding the issue. Intelligent automation – such as artificial ...Read more

Manufacturing News – April 2017

Almost two-thirds (65%) of UK manufacturing business Invested in automation over the past 12 months, according to the latest Annual Manufacturing Report. The report also reveals the majority of those executives surveyed represent companies which are already undertaking a move to Industry 4.0 (23%) or were planning to do so (62%). More than half (51 %) of those investing in automation expect to redeploy existing staff to perform more profitable roles within the organisation. Manufacturers are leading the way when it comes ...Read more

Manufacturing News, March 2017

The new owners of the UK’s last aluminium smelter plan to make vehicle components on the site in a move that could create hundreds of jobs.  Companies created by GFG Alliance took over the running of the Lochaber Smelter near Fort William last year.The new project would involve the creation of a steel rolling mill and facilities for making components such alloy wheels.  It could add 600 jobs to the 170 already involved with the yard. The auto-components manufacturing plant forms ...Read more

Manufacturing News, February 2017

MANUFACTURING The newly appointed managing director of the Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology training hub has challenged employers to help him create a ‘Marches Engineering Powerhouse’.  Based in Bridgnorth (Shropshire), the 36,000 sqft Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMI) was unveiled in December 2016 and has the ambitious target of reaching and training 2,020 learners by 2020’. Its managing director, Matt Snelson believes that Industry has to stop ‘cannibalising’ the skills pool and instead invest in developing the next-generation of engineers ...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’ (https://is.gd/dizale).That 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 (https://is.gd/zehipa) delivers no related returns.So it is left to small trade association ...Read more

Manufacturing News, October 2016

Around 800 jobs are at risk after Covpress went into administration. Administrators from Grant Thornton have acted quickly to assure staff at the Canley car parts manufacturer that there are no immediate plans to make redundancies as they try to stabilise the firm.The Coventry-based firm has been enjoying Growth since it was taken over by Chinese firm Shandong Yongtai in a £30 million deal in 2013 that was one of the biggest investments by a Chinese firm in UK industry at ...Read more

Packaging – right skills for a diverse market

Packaging is the largest single sector of plastics use in the UK, with consumer driven sectors from pharmaceuticals to engine oil using the product in their marketing strategies to cosmetically enhance their products.It is also a major sector for ReshoringUK companies who have been part of the supply chain for many years.From Blow Moulding processes for PET bottles to the highly intricate “Caps and Closures” market for the food and pharmaceutical sectors, ReshoringUK has qualified sector experienced designers, toolmakers and moulders ...Read more