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UK manufacturing output is higher than in the 1970s

22 October, 2014

Total manufacturing output from the UK is now slightly higher than it was in the late 1970s, despite a dramatic fall in the number of people working in the sector, according to a new analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). But the figures also chart how manufacturing has declined in size relative to other sectors, from 36% of the economy in 1948 to around 10% in 2013.


Korean automation giant sets up shop in the UK

15 October, 2014

The South Korean automation manufacturer LSIS has set up a UK operation to support its products, which include VSDs, motors, PLCs, HMIs, servodrives, smart I/O and Scada software. The Milton Keynes-based-business will be managed by Brian Mayne who previously ran IMO’s PLC and HMIs division.


A third of UK SME bosses take less than two weeks leave

02 October, 2014

A third of SME bosses in the UK manufacturing sector take less than two weeks of holiday a year, according to a new survey. And of those that do take holiday, almost a fifth are in constant contact with their offices while on holiday.


Engineers dominate graduate starting salaries in the UK

25 September, 2014

Six of the ten highest starting salaries for UK university graduates are for those with engineering degrees, according to the 2015 edition of The Times Good University Guide.


Manufacturers lay out agenda for next UK Government

22 September, 2014

Britain’s manufacturers have set out their priorities for the next government to drive better balanced growth, boost trade and investment and, deliver long-term economic security.


Family-owned French distributor Sonepar buys Routeco

19 September, 2014

Sonepar, a global distributor of electrical products with operations in 41 countries and turnover of more than €16bn, is buying the UK automation distributor, Routeco. The family-owned French business says that acquisition is part of its efforts to strengthen its position in the “immense” industrial automation market, and to expand into new countries. Details of the transaction have not been released.


Remote handling centre opens for business

16 September, 2014

A new UK centre of excellence set up to conduct r&d into remote-handling applications and to offer access to equipment and expertise, has won its first contract. The Race (remote applications in challenging environments) centre is being created at the Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire by the UK Atomic Energy Authority and several partners, with £7.8m of backing from the UK Government.


Rexroth pneumatics is reborn under a new name

16 September, 2014

There is a new name in the UK pneumatics market – Aventics – selling the well-established range of products that carry the Rexroth name.


Automation contractor benefits from OEM outsourcing trend

16 September, 2014

A West Midlands control and automation contractor is reaping the benefits of a trend for OEMs to farm out non-core work out to sub-contractors. PP Electrical Systems, based in Cheslyn Hay, has won £1.5m of new work so far this year and expects to hit a turnover of £20m for 2014. To help achieve this, the company is planning to add 15 people to the nearly 200 it already employs at its 40,000ft2 (3,700m2) site.


ABB appoints Hawley to run UK motors business

16 September, 2014

ABB has appointed Dave Hawley to be manager of its motors and generators business in the UK from 1 September. He joins from Sulzer Dowding and Mills where he was general manager of the formed coil division. He has more than 15 years’ experience of the rotating equipment industry, including a period as a divisional director at Deritend.


UK manufacturers spend an average of £1m on plant

08 September, 2014

A survey of 163 UK manufacturers has revealed that at least 95% of them have invested in plant and machinery over the past two years, spending an average of £1m. And a third of them are planning to invest similar amounts over the coming two years.


Manufacturing pay rises outstrip the wider UK economy

26 August, 2014

The average pay settlement in the UK manufacturing sector during the six months to July was 2.6%, according to figures released by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. This contrasts with a 0.2% drop in average weekly earnings for the UK economy as a whole in the three months to June ­– the first fall since 2009.


Work starts on £1.5m engineering lab for Welsh drives-maker

22 August, 2014

The drives-maker Control Techniques has started work on a new £1.5m engineering laboratory at its headquarters in Newtown, Wales. The company will use the 900m2 building to develop new products and technologies.


Motovario aims to double turnover with £650,000 expansion

13 August, 2014

The Italian gearbox and motors manufacturer Motovario has invested more than £650,000 to expand its UK facilities in Droitwich, Worcestershire. The main aim of the investment – the largest in the history of the company's UK operation – is to create a centre for assembling gearboxes from component parts, thus cutting lead times.


Ritchie takes control of ABB’s automation and motion division

04 August, 2014

Neil Ritchie has been appointed head of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division in the UK, following the retirement of Chris Withey. The division encompasses ABB’s motors, generators, variable-speed drives, motion control, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), solar inverters, power electronics and robotics businesses.


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