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Digitalisation network links UK industry and universities

22 September, 2017

Siemens and the University of Sheffield have launched a partnership to accelerate digitalisation, boost digital skills, and promote technology and knowledge exchange to meet the needs of increasingly-digitalised industry. The agreement is the first collaboration in a multi-million pound, UK-wide digitalisation network that will link businesses and universities using the Internet of Things (IoT) to exploit the opportunities offered by digital technology.


US-based Atkore buys British conduit maker, Flexicon

19 September, 2017

Atkore International, the US-based manufacturer of electrical raceway systems, has acquired Flexicon, the UK-headquartered manufacturer of metallic and non-metallic, flexible cable protection systems. The terms of the transaction have not been revealed.


Hughes succeeds Randery as head of Schneider in the UK

12 September, 2017

Schneider Electric has announced that Mike Hughes is succeeding Tanuja Randery as president of its UK and Ireland business. Randery, who has been in the post since January 2015, is moving to a new role in the financial sector.


Manufacturing Advisory Service is reborn as a helpdesk

11 September, 2017

The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) has been relaunched as an online helpdesk and service to support Britain’s manufacturing industry and help businesses to access information.


Phipson to succeed Scouler as chief executive of EEF

04 September, 2017

EEF, the UK manufacturers’ organisation, has announced that Stephen Phipson, currently Head of the Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) in the Department for International Trade, is to become its new chief executive from 1 December, succeeding Terry Scuoler who is stepping down.


Reconfigurable cell will allow SMEs to test technologies

31 August, 2017

Smaller British manufacturers will soon have access to a “reconfigurable factory” research cell where they can test machining and assembly technologies before building their own production machinery. The cell is being assembled at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) for the Centre’s Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG).


Owner’s son leads MBO at Sheffield gearbox repairs firm

18 August, 2017

A team of managers, led by managing director Lee Walkland, has acquired the Sheffield-headquartered gearbox repairs business TDR Transmissions for a seven-figure sum. Walkland is taking over from his father Ken Walkland, one of two existing owners. He will be joined by Darren Morland, Carl Smith and Jason Smith as the new owners.


Managers sew up deal to buy Yorkshire automation firm

15 August, 2017

A team of managers has bought the West Yorkshire automation and robotics specialist, Sewtec Automation, which designs and builds automated manufacturing and packaging systems for a global base of blue-chip customers.


CBI Manufacturing Council aims to guide UK industrial policy

14 August, 2017

The CBI (Confederation of British Industry) is bringing together dozens of CEOs from manufacturers of all sizes across the UK to create a high-powered group that aims to ensure that manufacturing is at the heart of the Government’s industrial strategy.


UK automation sector returned to growth in 2016

24 July, 2017

The UK’s industrial automation sector returned to growth in 2016, with a 2.2% improvement on the previous year, according to the latest statistics from the sector’s trade organisation, Gambica. It attributes the growth to the low sterling exchange rate which boosted sales in the second half of the year, and to some relief from the political and economic uncertainty that was thought to be the main cause of the downturn in 2015.


Doug Devlin: the heart of Drives & Controls

14 June, 2017

It is with deep regret that we announce that Doug Devlin, Drives & Controls’ advertising sales director for more than 30 years, has passed away unexpectedly after a short illness that he contracted while he was on holiday. He was 64.


Axial-flux motor-maker attracts £4.2m to help it expand

16 June, 2017

An Oxfordshire-based developer of efficient, high-power motors has raised more than 70% of the £5.85m it needs to expand its activities. Saietta develops and manufactures axial-flux motors designed by its chief scientist, Cedric Lynch. The £4.2m raised so far values the company at £24m.


‘World’s smallest servodrive’ maker sets up shop in the UK

15 June, 2017

The Israeli servodrive and motion controls developer, Elmo Motion Control, has set up a UK operation in the West Midlands, with Gary Busby as managing director. Busby has previously worked for Control Techniques, Omron, ABB, PP Electrical and Applied Automation, among others.


Wood Group pushes into automation by buying CEC for $59m

25 May, 2017

The Scottish-based Wood Group has pushed further into the industrial automation and controls sector by buying CEC Controls, a US designer and builder of industrial and process control systems, mainly for the automotive industry. Wood is paying of $44m in cash, with a further deferred consideration of $15m payable over the next three years.


Fanuc’s £19m HQ brings UK activities under one roof

22 May, 2017

Fanuc has brought all of its UK activities – robotics, machine tools and factory automation – together in a purpose-built headquarters in Coventry which has cost more than £19m to build and will employ more than 100 people. The three-storey, 9,940m2 (107,000ft2) facility is four times larger than the company’s previous location, and includes design, manufacturing and training facilities and offices, as well as a showroom area.


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