Aerospace News, Late October, 2019

AEROSPACE  A consortium of aircraft manufacturers has teamed up with Formula One to develop lightweight aircraft seating designed to help reduce CO2 emissions and secure the UK’s foothold in the £16bn aircraft interiors market. Formula One know-how combined with aerospace composites advanced manufacturing methods will be used to create a lightweight aircraft seating alternative that could vastly diminish carbon emissions and potentially save airlines millions of dollars each year. https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/aerospace-and-formula-one-team-up-to-create-innovative-new-aircraft-seating/ Read more

Automotive News, Late October, 2019

AUTOMOTIVE The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined -23.5% in September, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 41,216 LCVs were registered in the month, down some 12,632 units on September 2018, as regulatory changes, coupled with economic and political uncertainty, impacted the market. https://www.smmt.co.uk/2019/10/uk-new-van-market-falls-23-5-in-september/ The UK new car market declined -2.5% in the first three quarters of the year, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders ... Read more

Preparing for Brexit – Deal Or No Deal

Manufacturers are being left to operate in a seriously challenging trading environment. Why would companies prepare for a further deadline months later? And to what end – are we really any closer to reaching a deal which the EU, the UK Government and Parliament will accept? Parliament’s recent actions have sought, yet again, to take no deal off the table. This new legislation pushed through by opposition parties means a further extension looks more likely than ever. Taking no-deal on 31 October ... Read more

Manufacturing News, September 2019

MANUFACTURING ASK Chemicals, one of the world’s leading suppliers of foundry chemicals, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the industrial resin business from SI Group (New York, USA). With this acquisition, ASK Chemicals is reinforcing its position in the foundry market and at the same time strengthening its non-foundry business. http://ftj-2016.vertouk.com/news/ask-chemicals-to-acquire-industrial-resin-business-from-si-group- Read more

Aerospace News, September 2019

AEROSPACE Rolls-Royce has revealed that repairs to its Trent 1000 engines are taking longer than at first expected. https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/eastmidlands/news/2029469-rolls-royce-reveals-fresh-delays-to-trent-100-engine-repairs Read more

Automotive News, September 2019

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will shut down production in all its UK plants, including Halewood on Merseyside, for a week, starting from November 4. The manufacturing giant blamed the uncertainty of Brexit and other external factors on the decision to cease production. https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/northwest/news/2048771-car-giant-to-close-factories-for-a-week-over-brexit-uncertainty?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NorthWest_27th_Sep_2019_Daily Read more

Manufacturing News, early September, 2019

MANUFACTURING The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is planning a new facility in Liverpool, focusing on areas including improving product development and measuring emotional responses to advanced manufacturing processes. https://www.imeche.org/news/news-article/new-mtc-in-liverpool-to-explore-’emotional-responses-to-advanced-manufacturing A new Digital Manufacturing Centre at Silverstone Park is forecast to generate £9m additional economic value for the area. The project is led by high-performance engineering consultancy KW Special Projects (KWSP) who secured funding from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) for the 1,657sqm facility. The news about the Silverstone investment comes in the same ... Read more

Aerospace News, Early September 2019

AEROSPACE RG Carter has won a contract to build Cranfield University’s new £65m Digital Aviation Research & Technology Centre (DARTeC). https://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/rg-carter-to-build-65m-aviation-research-centre DEFENCE The race to design and build a new generation of Royal Navy frigates has been won by engineering firm Babcock. It has been named preferred bidder for the £1.25bn contract for five Type 31 warships. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-49670332 Read more

Automotive News, Early September 2019

AUTOMOTIVE Ineos Automotive has chosen Bridgend for the production of its new 4×4 vehicle, it has been announced. It is expected to initially create around 200 jobs to make the Grenadier, and up to 500 in the long-term.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49733291 Read more

Brexit ‘no-deal’ preparedness: Final Commission call to all EU citizens and businesses to prepare for the UK’s withdrawal on 31 October 2019

Brussels, 4 September 2019 European Commission – Press release With 8 weeks to go until the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October 2019, the Commission has today – in its 6th Brexit preparedness Communication – reiterated its call on all stakeholders in the EU27 to prepare for a ‘no-deal’ scenario. In light of the continued uncertainty in the United Kingdom regarding the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement – as agreed with the UK government in November 2018 – and the overall ... Read more
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