Engineering Capacity is the UK's news source for subcontract and contract manufacturing.

Manufacturing excellence award

14 Nov 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Blackburn-based MGS Technical Plastics has been recognised for its commitment to making its manufacturing processes more environmentally friendly and to training and developing an engaged workforce.

The company was awarded the Manufacturing Excellence Award at the Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA) Awards 2018 on the 8th November. MGS were also shortlisted for another award, the People & Skills Excellence Award.

Breaking turnover target

14 Nov 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Set up in April with a single Trumpf machine, Staffs Laser is on course to turn over £800,000 in its first year of trading.

The company chose a TruLaser 2030 fiber to launch the business into the Midlands subcontract sheet profiling market and is well ahead of its original first year turnover target of £560,000.

Staffs Laser is the brainchild of Eddie Hopkins, who has been working in the laser cutting arena for the past 15 years.

3 Key Industry Trends

12 Nov 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Gary Sewell, General Manager at Clearwater Technology explores how manufacturers of all sizes can keep pace with three growing industry trends

Manufacturers face a range of growing challenges on a global level. Consumers are more demanding than ever before. Alongside increasing demands for more environmentally friendly products and production processes, manufacturers are tasked with delivering the best quality of product at a faster rate, as the likes of Amazon accelerate consumer supply expectations through their rapid last mile capabilities.

Bigger aircraft composites

12 Nov 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Rockwood Composites has increased its manufacturing capacity by 50%, mostly for large aircraft components.

The company has invested in a third large press which will enable it to produce more components up to a size of 2m by 1m, including aircraft interior door panels.

UV laser is up to the mark

12 Nov 2018 by ES Precision Ltd

A successful first year of trading has spurred ES Precision to invest in new ultraviolet (UV) laser technology.

ES now has eight laser systems using Vanadate, Nd:YAG, fibre and CO2 sources as well as the new frequency-tripled Vanadate UV source from Coherent-Rofin UK.

The company aims to be at the forefront of laser marking and fine drilling/cutting and says that no other subcontract marking specialist offers such a broad range of laser technologies.