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Aerospace News, June 2019

AREOSPACE  Despite a difficult global market, aircraft deliveries in the first four months of 2019 have kept pace with the same period last year, with 93 aircraft delivered in April. This brings the total deliveries for the year to date to 404, just three aircraft behind 2018. An increase in wide-body planes has compensated for a 3.6% fall in single-aisle aircraft. These wide-body planes have added greater value to the UK, with deliveries worth up to £8.5bn in the year to date ... Read more

Automotive News, June 2019

AUTOMOTIVE BMW and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are to join forces on developing electric car technologies. The car giants said they would work together to develop electric motors, transmissions and power electronics. Both firms have struggled to maintain profit margins amid falling car sales and higher costs as well as the need to invest in future technologies. Car firms are being forced to make low emission vehicles to meet more stringent anti-pollution rules. There have been a number of similar tie-ups aimed at sharing ... Read more

Rail News February 2019

The vision of a smart, clean, green steel industry has come one step closer to fruition with the announcement of a new £35m initiative which will see steelmakers and universities work together on a seven-year research programme to transform the sector. The network – dubbed ‘SUSTAIN’ – has been hailed as a significant landmark, representing the first time that UK steel producers, representatives and supporters have coalesced behind a coordinated programme of research and advancement. It is also the largest ever single investment ... Read more

Manufacturing News, Latest 2019

MANUFACTURING 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

AREOSPACE 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

Automotive News, March 2019

AUTOMOTIVE The Pininfarina Battista is reportedly the most powerful road-legal car ever to be built, with a 0-100 km/h in less than two seconds, and 0-300km/h in fewer than 12. More importantly though, it is electric. Designed and built in Italy, the Pininfarina Battista was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, which got underway in early March. Since its launch in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron has been regarded as the benchmark for the 21st century supercar. It had tough specifications to ... Read more

Manufacturing News, February 2019

MANUFACTURING A new University of Sheffield led hub that combines expertise in electrical machines and manufacturing is aiming to put the UK at the forefront of the global electrification revolution. The £28m EPSRC Future Electrical Machines Manufacturing Hub, which is underpinned by a £10m award from EPSRC, has been launched to drive UK expertise in the manufacturing techniques required to design and develop the electrical systems that are driving developments across sectors including automotive, aerospace and renewable energy. Through the hub, which is led ... Read more

Aerospace News, February 2019

AREOSPACE Airbus announced that it is ceasing production on its A380 jumbo aircraft 12 years after production started.  The aerospace manufacturer cited a “lack of airline demand” as the reason production of the A380 would end. Dubai’s Emirates airline, the largest A380 customer, is reducing its A380 order book from 162 to 123 aircraft. Emirates will take delivery of 14 further A380s over the next two years. “As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to ... Read more

Automotive News, February 2019

AUTOMOTIVE Aston Martin has achieved annual revenues of more than £1bn for the first time after it achieved a big jump in car sales. It sold 6,441 vehicles in 2018, 26% more than a year earlier, although average selling price was down slightly to £157,000. It is the car manufacturer’s first annual results since becoming a public company following its float in October. The Warwick-headquartered group has had a bumpy entry to the markets, with its shares down nearly 30% since going public. ... Read more

Aerospace News, January 2019

AREOSPACE The University of Sheffield's AMRC have collaborated with Airbus on a project to automate the delivery of tooling supplies at Airbus' Broughton factory. Airbus has said they could develop robots that would be able to autonomously shift entire aircraft wing assemblies at its North Wales factory. The comments follow the announcement that the aircraft-manufacturing giant has successfully trialled autonomous mobile robots at their Broughton site. The company now say the technology could be expanded to ship entire aircraft wing assemblies as the ... Read more
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