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UK automation sector remains ‘attractive for investors’

06 April, 2023

There were almost 800 acquisitions or mergers involving UK manufacturing businesses in 2022, according to data released by the accountancy and business advisory firm BDO. The 793 deals recorded represent a small increase on the 779 completed in 2021.


Routeco buys Swibox Automation to boost EMEA activities

06 April, 2023

The UK-headquartered industrial automation and controls distributor, the Routeco Group, has acquired the Swiss business Swibox Automation for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will strengthen Routeco's presence in the EMEA region and help to meet a rising demand for industrial automation products and services across Europe. The acquisition complements Routeco’s existing European locations in the UK, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.


Radwell buys UK repairs specialist, Northern Industrial

04 April, 2023

Radwell International, the US-headquartered specialist in surplus and remanufactured industrial control systems, has bought the Blackburn-based automation repairs firm, Northern Industrial, for an undisclosed sum.


Government plans higher efficiency standards

04 April, 2023

The UK Government is planning to raise Meps (minimum energy performance standards) and to strengthen energy labelling requirements for energy-using products, to help cut energy demand. This was revealed in the more than 2,000 pages of documents that accompanied the recent launch of its Powering Up Britain plan for the future of energy security in the UK.


Extension will more than double Invertek’s VSD output

03 April, 2023

The Welsh drives-maker Invertek has started work on a 2,771m2 extension to its manufacturing and distribution facility in Welshpool, Powys. The extension to the existing 5,500m2 facility is part of a £10m investment that also includes a new Application and Training Centre.


Leading figures set to appear at Talking Industry Live

03 April, 2023

The final seminar programme for the Talking Industry Live event taking place at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry on April 25, has now been released. The free one-day event organised in partnership with the MTC, will provide an environment for delegates to learn about cutting-edge technologies and best practice through panel discussions, presentations, live demonstrations and workshops.


M&E Week will celebrate engineering and manufacturing

31 March, 2023

More details have been released about Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2023 – the week-long festival of live and digital events taking place at the Birmingham NEC in June, including a two-day exhibition on 7–8 June that will be the new home of the Drives & Controls Show.


Business rebounds for UK manufacturers, but problems not over

20 March, 2023

Output and orders have both rebounded for UK manufacturers during the first quarter of 2023 as domestic and global markets have improved, easing fears of a significant recession for the sector this year, according to a survey published by the manufacturers’ association Make UK and the accountancy and business advisory firm BDO.


Schneider’s Yeeles goes from automation to secure power

15 March, 2023

Schneider Electric has appointed Mark Yeeles– currently vice-president of its Industrial Automation business in the UK and Ireland – to be the new vice-president of its Secure Power division in the UK&I, succeeding Marc Garner, who is now leading the Secure Power Division in Europe. A new VP for Industrial Automation in the UK and Ireland has not yet been announced.


£370m plan to build a better Britain through science and tech

09 March, 2023

The British prime minister Rishi Sunak has announced plans, backed by more than £370m of new government funding, to boost infrastructure, investment and skills in technologies ranging from quantum and supercomputing to AI (artificial intelligence). The aim is to ensure the UK’s place as a global science and technology superpower by 2030.


Hub will connect UK’s PEMD community and promote skills

08 March, 2023

A new digital platform aimed at connecting the UK’s PEMD (power electronics, machines and drives) community and closing the skills gap in the sector will be launched later this month at a conference in Birmingham.


Programme will fast-track SME leaders for digital transformation

08 March, 2023

The Made Smarter digital adoption scheme has launched a fast-track leadership programme to help SME manufacturers to accelerate their digital transformation. In three months, the programme – called Leading Digital Transformation – aims to turn participants into digitally-informed leaders with bespoke digitalisation strategies.


Invertek to invest £6.3m in a new r&d centre for drives

07 March, 2023

The Welsh drives-maker Invertek is planning to invest £6.3m in a new innovation centre at its global headquarters in Welshpool, Powys.


Campaign reveals the high costs of compressed air leaks

07 March, 2023

The UK compressed air and fluid power specialist Thorite has launched a campaign to raise awareness about unseen energy inefficiencies in compressed air systems that can lead to high costs. The Behind Closed Doors campaign urges users to monitor what is happening in their compressor houses, where leaks that go unnoticed or are ignored can inflate energy bills.


Ex Ford boss Hoare succeeds Hickman as CEO of the MTC

07 March, 2023

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) has appointed the former chair of Ford of Britain, Dr Graham Hoare, to succeed Dr Clive Hickman as its CEO, when he retires as chairman on 31 March. From April, Hickman will become chair of the MTC board.


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