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Atlas Copco buys vacuum pump-maker Edwards for $1.6bn

19 August, 2013

The Swedish compressor giant Atlas Copco is buying the British vacuum pump specialist, Edwards, for up to SEK10.6bn ($1.6bn). Edwards, whose headquarters are in Crawley, UK, has more than 3,200 employees and generated revenues worth £595m in 2012, more than half of this coming from Asia.


£6m investment will create 41 jobs at magnetic gears firm

07 August, 2013

Magnomatics, the Sheffield-based developer of magnetic transmissions and ultra-compact and efficient motors and generators, is planning to add at least 41 new jobs, after winning a £1m regional growth fund (RGF) grant.


Motor-maker delivers prototype gearboxes in two days

07 August, 2013

The Bournemouth-based geared motor manufacturer Parvalux has introduced a service that allows it to deliver proof-of-concept gearbox prototypes in as little as two days.


EEF raises 2014 growth forecast to 1.9%, but investment woes remain

05 August, 2013

EEF, the UK manufacturers’ organisation, has upgraded its growth forecasts for this year and next, but warned of significant risks if investment does not make up the ground lost in the past five years.


UK manufacturing hits a 28-month high in July

01 August, 2013

The upturn in UK manufacturing continued to build momentum at the start of the third quarter, with growth rates for production and new orders at their highest levels since February 2011, according to the latest Markit/CIPS Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI).


Evans succeeds Hartigan as MD of Schaeffler UK

31 July, 2013

Roger Evans has been appointed as Schaeffler (UK)’s managing director, with immediate effect, succeeding Kate Hartigan, who is retiring after serving more than 19 years at the company.


Q2 robot sales came close to the total for 2011

26 July, 2013

Sales of robots in the UK during the second quarter of 2013 were more than double those in the first quarter and almost as large as sales for the whole of 2011, according to figures released by Bara, the British Automation and Robot Association.


One third of manufacturing SMEs make pay rises

26 July, 2013

About a third of UK manufacturing businesses have given their staff pay rises over the past 12 months, according to a survey of SME owner-managers conducted by Close Brothers. Almost two-thirds of these increases were in line with inflation, while a fifth were above inflation.


Power transmission manufacturer adds a new site

23 July, 2013

Medway (UK), the Kent-based manufacturer and distributor of mechanical power transmission and motion transfer products, has bought another production facility close to its headquarters in Ashford.


IET moves in with the IMechE – for two years

22 July, 2013

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has transferred temporarily to the premises of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) while its own Savoy Place venue undergoes a major refurbishment.


Control Techniques plans new £1.5m development centre

08 July, 2013

Control Techniques is planning to expand its global headquarters and research and product development centre in Newtown, Wales, with the potential to create 40 new full-time engineering and design jobs.


Government ‘must boost banking competition to ensure recovery’

08 July, 2013

A business-led economic recovery in the UK risks being undermined unless the Government moves rapidly to increase competition in banking, the manufacturers’ organisation, EEF, has warned.


Rescued power transmission firm moves to new site

08 July, 2013

JPT Mechanical Drives – the company formed after HMK Automation rescued Jackson Power Transmission from administration last year – has moved from Stoke-on-Trent to new 465m2 premises in Congleton.


Motor-maker invests £1m to expand production

03 July, 2013

The Bournemouth-based geared-motor manufacturer Parvalux has invested £1m in a new production facility and added a further 20,000ft2 (1,858m2) to its existing 45,000ft2 (4,180m2) manufacturing site. The expansion houses a CNC facility including precision gear-cutting machines. 


Thames Water could spend €60m on automation in new framework agreement

03 July, 2013

The UK’s largest water utility, Thames Water, is looking to invest up to €60m on control and automation systems and services under a new framework agreement. The utility says it expects to spend €25–60m during the 84 months of the agreement.


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