Manufacturing News, October 2018

An increasing trend to reduce the overall weight of products in multiple industries such as aerospace, renewables, construction and transportation, is driving tremendous growth in the lightweight structures market. According to the UK Department for International Trade, it is projected that the global opportunity in lightweight structures, just for transport applications, will reach £138bn by 2021. In the last few years, the region of Greater Manchester has developed a specialist niche in this area, specifically tapping into opportunities in light alloys, ... Read more

Rail Forum Midlands Join Reshoring UK

Established 25 years ago, the Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) represents over 160 businesses across the Midlands and beyond, collectively employing over 25,000 people and contributing £2.6bn to the local economy. We are a not-for-profit organisation, owned and governed by our members with the sole purpose of supporting them to grow and thrive. Our members include infrastructure and rolling stock consultancies, manufacturers, OEMs and a wide range of service providers to the industry. We work strategically with both UK and regional governments, ... Read more

Manufacturing News September 2018

The latest PMI saw UK manufacturing hit a 25-month low of 52.8 in August, with foreign demand reportedly decreasing for the first time since 2016. Tales of a further slowdown in UK manufacturing seem to be rife at the moment with much of the national and trade press covering the release of the latest purchasing managers’ index (PMI) this week. The PMI posted 52.8 in August – down from 53.8 in July. According to the index compilers (HIS Markit and CIPS), manufacturing ... Read more

Rail News September 2018

Over 100 businesses in the East Midlands have won work on HS2 contracts so far according to HS2 Ltd, which is in the process of setting out its programme of skills and employment. HS2 Ltd says a whole generation of engineers, designers, architects and geologists will benefit from the construction of the new high speed railway as the project gears up to support 30,000 jobs and create opportunities for British businesses to upskill their workforce. As the programme moves to construction, the ... Read more

Aerospace News September 2018

Advanced surface coating technology company Hardide Coatings has been awarded funding from a UK-wide aerospace initiative, to further the application of the company’s innovative coating technology to aircraft components. The National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) is a £14.4m programme to mature 40 aerospace technologies in the UK aerospace supply chain. Oxfordshire-based Hardide Coatings has been awarded NATEP funding for two projects commencing early September 2018 that will each take 18 months to complete. The first project is to develop a grinding ... Read more

Automotive News September 2018

What has been described as the UK’s “largest independent vehicle battery manufacturer” will reportedly open in early 2019 in Coventry, creating around 90 new jobs with Aston Martin as its first customer. The multi-million-pound, high-tech facility will be operated by a new joint venture – Hyperbat, which combines the innovation, manufacturing and logistics strengths of Williams Advanced Engineering and Unipart Manufacturing Group. Alongside providing a secure future supply chain for UK-based car-makers as their vehicles transition to electric power, there is also ... Read more

Manufacturing Latest News – August 2018

Britain’s manufacturing industry has fallen to ninth in the world behind France, reversing a recovery in its performance since the financial crash. The UK’s total manufacturing output stayed ahead of Brazil and Indonesia but slipped below France and remained well adrift of Germany in fourth position and Italy in seventh at the end of 2016. The figures show a troubling decline in the UK’s international standing after the Brexit vote and emphasises the uphill task of regaining its position of seventh ... Read more

Rail Latest News – August 2018

Plans to bring rail services back to Darlaston and Willenhall after an absence of more than half a century have taken a major step forward. Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street announced today that seven acres of land in Cemetery Road, Darlaston had been secured – completing another piece of the land jigsaw required for the new station. The land has been sold by property developers and investors St Francis Group to the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). The new ... Read more

Aerospace Latest News – August 2018

Rolls-Royce has revealed plans to build on its share of the Chinese market after the first Airbus A350 aircraft powered by its Derby-built Trent XWB engine landed in the country. Sichuan Airlines has ordered an Airbus 350 and will start using the aircraft later this month (August).   China is the world’s second-largest civil aviation market and Rolls-Royce says it presents ‘tremendous opportunities”. The Derby manufacturing giant powers over half of the region’s wide body fleet, with 20% of Trent engine orders coming ... Read more

Automotive Latest News – August 2018

Jaguar Land Rover Solihull has been at the centre of that transformation for more than 10 years, and in 2017 it won The Manufacturer Manufacturing Excellence Award for ‘Leadership and Strategy’ at the first attempt.   Since the 2008 buyout of Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) by India’s Tata Motors, JLR has become a global success story. Tata’s strategy was to invest heavily in growth at a time when other multinationals were retrenching following the worldwide financial crash. Since then, JLR has continued ... Read more
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