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UK manufacturing hit a 25-month high in June

01 July, 2013

UK manufacturing had its strongest month for more than two years in June, as recorded by the monthly Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) which gauges the state of manufacturing.


Report calls for 55% boost of UK electronics sector to £120bn

27 June, 2013

The British Government has joined forces with a group of trade bodies in a bid to boost to the size of the UK’s electronic systems sector by 55% and to build a £120bn industry within seven years. If the plan is realised, it will create an extra 150,000 skilled jobs across the UK.


Cameron announces plan to create 100,000 engineering technicians

24 June, 2013

The British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a scheme which aims to produce an extra 100,000 engineering technicians in the UK by 2018.


CBI survey finds UK manufacturers treading water

21 June, 2013

Production levels among UK manufacturers were flat in the three months to June, disappointing expectations of stronger growth, according to the latest monthly industrial trends survey from the CBI, the organisation that represents British industry.


Northern manufacturing show will debut in October

21 June, 2013

The organisers of the UK's long-running Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show have launched a similar event for the North of England. The two-day Northern Manufacturing & Electronics Show will be held for the first time at Manchester’s Event City on 2–3 October, 2013.


Encoder-maker expands to meet export demand

21 June, 2013

The Cambridgeshire-based encoder and sensor manufacturer Zettlex has expanded its production facilities to meet increasing demand from export markets for its precision speed and position sensors. The new 560m2 premises is located next to Zettlex’s existing site in Newton, Cambridgeshire.


New factory will produce aluminium frame system

21 June, 2013

The linear motion specialist HepcoMotion has set up a separate factory to manufacture its MCS aluminium frame and machine construction system. It says that it needs the new facility, located next to its main production site for linear motion products in Tiverton, Devon, to keep up with demand for the MCS range from the UK and abroad.


Rexroth enters off-the-shelf drives market

11 June, 2013

Bosch Rexroth is entering the market for off-the-shelf variable frequency drives for the first time in the UK, with a range of general-purpose drives with initial ratings from 370W–4kW. Until now, the company has specialised in supplying tailored drive systems.


ABB buys Dynamotive to expand its services offering

10 June, 2013

ABB is buying the Leicestershire-based engineering services firm Dynamotive to expand its service offering in low- and medium-voltage drives and motors. The sale terms have not been released.


Hybrid van maker expands into motor manufacturing

10 June, 2013

Britain’s largest producer of hybrid electric vans has developed its own range of axial-flux permanent magnet motors and has started to manufacture them after finding that those on the market did not meet its needs.


Rexroth appoints new MD and spins off pneumatics

10 June, 2013

Alastair Johnstone has been appointed managing director of Bosch Rexroth in the UK, following the promotion last year of Steve Cooke to a senior position in Germany.


Safety specialist moves to a larger UK HQ

10 June, 2013

The safety specialist Pilz Automation Technology has moved to new purpose-built UK headquarters in Corby, Northamptonshire. The new building, less than 1km from the site that the company occupied for the previous 21 years, has more warehousing, training and office space.


Siemens buys UK production planning specialist

04 June, 2013

Siemens is buying the Preactor Group, a UK-based developer of production planning software, for an undisclosed sum. Preactor's Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) software will add new components to Siemens’ Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) portfolio.


Young people ‘lack the work ethic for manufacturing’

24 May, 2013

Almost 40% of British manufacturing firms say that apprentices, graduates and new recruits don’t have the work ethic to succeed in industry, according to a new poll published by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).


Manufacturers expect output to grow strongly

22 May, 2013

UK manufacturers are expecting a strong growth in output over the coming three months, according to the CBI’s latest monthly Industrial Trends Survey. But the survey of 404 firms reveals that output was broadly flat during the three months to May, disappointing expectations for a more pronounced recovery.


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