Aerospace News, August 2016

China has launched its first aircraft-engine manufacturer in an attempt to wean itself off Western suppliers. The state-owned Aero-Engine Group of China was created by combining a group of existing aircraft-engine companies, according to local media reports.  It has about 50bn yuan ($7.5bn) in registered capital and will develop both military and commercial engines. China currently buys its commercial aircraft engines from General Electric and United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney. China's military jets use Russian-made engines. President Xi Jinping called the new creation ... Read more

Highlights of ReshoringUK Automotive Networking Event on 6th September

The ReshoringUK Automotive Networking Event was a great success. Over 100 attendees on the day and presentations for the countries leading OEM and Tier 1 suppliers as well as Interviews with Jaguar Land Rover, Autodesk and Lloyds bank   https://youtu.be/Zw1y4xiWD50     Read more

At Climator, phase change materials (PCM) are filled into various-sized tubular bags.

At Climator, phase change materials (PCM) are filled into various-sized tubular bags. Used in thermal energy and cold storage, PCMs lend themselves to specific cooling and warming conditions. In the case of cooling with frozen packaging, there is a risk that the cooling period will not be sufficient. However, by using PCM as a cooling agent, a longer cooling period can be achieved. The melting point is chosen so that an optimal cooling period can be maintained, not only temporarily, but throughout the ... Read more

ViscoTec’s new hygienic dispenser aims to meet growing demands of food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic production.

ViscoTec's new hygienic dispenser aims to meet growing demands of food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic production. To be presented to the market in time for the FachPack 2016 exhibition in Nuremburg, the Hygienic Dispenser VHD performs reliable, precise, and reproducible dosing of products with a wide range of viscosities and abrasiveness on semi and fully-automatic filling. Head of Food & Cosmetics at ViscoTec Wolfgang Merklein explains: "It impresses not only through its outstanding hygienic standards, which come close to those of the ... Read more

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued final guidance recommending Servier UK’s Lonsurf® (trifluridine/tipiracil), within its marketing authorisation, as an option for treating metastatic colorectal cancer.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued final guidance recommending Servier UK's Lonsurf® (trifluridine/tipiracil), within its marketing authorisation, as an option for treating metastatic colorectal cancer. Following a single technology appraisal, the treatment is recommended in adults who have had previous treatment with available therapies including fluoropyrimidine-, oxaliplatin- or irinotecan-based chemotherapies, anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents and anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) agents, or when these therapies are not suitable. Servier welcomed the decision by NICE, ... 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

Uncertainty over the date when electrified trains will start running to Swansea is affecting potential investment, it has been claimed.

Uncertainty over the date when electrified trains will start running to Swansea is affecting potential investment, it has been claimed.  Network Rail said electrification would arrive between 2019 and 2024, but the exact date was “to be confirmed”.  The line is being electrified to speed up journey times from London to Wales.   Electrified trains were originally due to arrive in Cardiff by 2017 but that deadline has now been put back.  Network Rail’s programme manager Anthea Dolman-Gair said that it had now ... Read more

A report from the National Audit Office has said the HS2 high-speed rail project faces major cost pressure and an unrealistic timetable.

A report from the National Audit Office has said the HS2 high-speed rail project faces major cost pressure and an unrealistic timetable.  The NAO believes that the 2026 target opening date for the first phase was at risk despite making good progress. HS2 is still confident it can achieve all its goals. In 10 years’ time the phase linking London and the West Midlands is due to be completed.  The next section, running to Crewe is due to open a year later ... Read more

Regular sector events, often with OEMs and Tier 1s, have helped forge a strong Medical Sector network of GTMA companies with vast experience across a wide range of disciplines.

Regular sector events, often with OEMs and Tier 1s, have helped forge a strong Medical Sector network of GTMA companies with vast experience across a wide range of disciplines. The GTMA Medical Network was one of the first sector networks to be set up by GTMA and includes many companies with proven experience in the production of medical devices and components. The Medical industry is often viewed as an ideal sector to win business, partly because it is constantly changing and advancing with ... Read more

Wholesale gas prices have been volatile following news that the UK’s largest gas storage facility is being shut down for 42 days.

Wholesale gas prices have been volatile following news that the UK’s largest gas storage facility is being shut down for 42 days.  Gas prices for the coming winter surged more than 8% last Wednesday after Centrica Storage said its Rough facility would close until 3 August. The plant accounts for 72% of the country’s gas storage capacity, but has been affected by safety issues.  The move could push the UK’s gas stocks to record lows this winter. Gas market specialist Niall Trimble of ... Read more