Automotive News, August 2019

AUTOMOTIVE The chief executive of Vauxhall-owner PSA says it could move all production from its Ellesmere Port factory if Brexit makes it unprofitable. Carlos Tavares has said that the carmaker has alternatives to the plant which it could use. The move would probably lead to the closure of the site, threatening 1,000 jobs. That would leave Vauxhall's Luton-based van plant as its last presence in the UK. In June, the carmaker announced plans to manufacture the next generation of the Astra, its bestselling ... Read more

Aerospace News, August 2019

AEROSPACE Ryanair has reported a sharp fall in quarterly profits as it reduced fares to drive up passenger numbers. Profits fell 21% to €243m (£219m) for the three months to the end of June, as the average ticket price fell 6%. For more information on this story please follow the link below: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49149151 The Sopwith Camel, the Supermarine Spitfire and the Galileo satellite system were all built by the British aerospace industry, ensuring Britain has a trans-generational connection to aviation, having been a prime player ... Read more

Automotive News, July2019

AUTOMOTIVE The government is pumping nearly £40m into improving the infrastructure for electric vehicles despite a sharp drop in hybrid car sales. The Department for Transport will invest in UK engineering to "transform" the network of electric charge points. Wireless charging and "pop-up" pavement technology are among the investments being made. Sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles slumped by 50.4% in June after the government scrapped a £2,500 grant. However, the DfT said it was "focusing on the cleanest, zero emission models". New UK car ... Read more

Aerospace News, July 2019

AEROSPACE With economic uncertainty and unresolved Brexit issues on the horizon, it’s a troubling time for the UK’s aerospace industry. Paul Everitt, chief executive of ADS, has discussed some of the key issues, and how we can choose the right path to ensure stability. “No deal Brexit is the worst possible outcome, and our position has not changed since the referendum in 2016,” said Paul Everitt, chief executive of ADS, the trade organisation representing more than 1,000 companies across the UK aerospace, defence, ... Read more

We are still the ninth largest manufacturing nation in the world and the sector plays a vital role as an employer, exporter and an innovator.

It’s an often-repeated myth that the UK doesn’t make things anymore. The reality is that we are still the ninth largest manufacturing nation in the world and the sector plays a vital role as an employer, exporter and innovator. British-made goods are celebrated and sought-after around the world, with manufacturing accounting for 44% of all the UK’s overseas sales. Manufacturing still contributes 10% of UK Gross Value Added (GVA), represents 70% of all business Research and Development (R&D) spend and directly employs ... Read more

Rail News – April 19

Rail is vital to the country’s prosperity connecting workers to job, businesses to markets and people to their families and friends. To those outside the industry the landscape often appears complex and baffling with numerous companies working together to provide the passenger and freight services on which we rely. Responsibility for managing, enhancing and maintaining the infrastructure lies predominantly with Network Rail; this includes fixed assets such as track, signalling equipment and electrical and telecoms equipment. Passenger services are provided by train ... Read more

Defence News – April 2019

BAE Systems has confirmed that it has started talks with India about a possible joint programme featuring the UK company’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier Key points India and the UK aim to ‘redouble efforts’ to pursue opportunities related to defence equipment and defence industrial collaboration Indian and the UK have signed a renewed defence accord through which the two countries have agreed to ‘redouble efforts’ to identify mutual defence requirements and collaborate on solutions, the UK Ministry of Defence has said. An MoD statement ... Read more

Energy News – April 2019

The world’s first test centre aimed at accelerating the development of materials and structures for tidal energy is to be built in Scotland, thanks to collaboration between Babcock International and the University of Edinburgh. The £2.4m Fastblade project is to be based in Rosyth and will be the first facility ever to carry out large-scale accelerated testing of tidal blades. Engineering researchers plan to use complex forces that simulate real-world environments; this will enable the highest design capabilities to be achieved. Fast ... Read more

Manufacturing News, March 2019

Blockchain can simply be defined as record-keeping database technology that stores blocks of information on a chain. The information is constantly reconciled into the database, which is stored in multiple locations and updated instantly. That means the records are public and verifiable. Since there’s no central location, it is harder to hack or manipulate since the info exists simultaneously in millions of places. Why use Blockchain? Because blockchain relies on a decentralised, networked system, it means it is harder to corrupt. If the information ... Read more

Aerospace News, March 2019

Imagine boarding a flight which enables a journey from London to Sydney to take only four-and-a-half hours? One UK-based company is building an engine to power aircraft for hypersonic flight in the atmosphere. Reaction Engines has devised a unique rocket engine, named Sabre, that could allow aircraft to fly much faster than traditional jets. Unlike jet engines, Sabre can also operate in a rocket mode outside of the atmosphere, and this could potentially offer the next generation of reusable space launch vehicles. Jet ... Read more
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