Advanced Engineering 2018

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

Nadcap for composites testing

12 Oct 2018 by Engineering Capacity

R-Tech Materials has achieved Nadcap accreditation for the testing of non-metallic materials for the aerospace industry.

The scope of accreditation covers a range of mechanical tests on composite materials and opens the way for R-Tech to offer its testing services to the aerospace sector.

Business secretary gets inside story

12 Oct 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy visited precision engineers A&M EDM in Smethwick, West Midlands to understand what drives growth and the issues facing a manufacturing SME.

The Business Secretary met A&M’s current and recent apprentices, speaking to each individual about their motivation to become an apprentice, the work they undertake and the skills they are developing by working with experienced engineers. All of A&M’s apprentices study for academic engineering qualifications at Dudley College.

Tighter control gives enhanced service

12 Oct 2018 by Rodmatic Ltd

Rodmatic’s new PSL Datatrack production control system gives it tighter control over production, improved quotation times for customers and the ability to meet their order requirements more quickly and effectively.

Elite centres to boost manufacturing revival

12 Oct 2018 by Engineering Capacity

The new £12.5 million Black Country Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) has officially been launched by journalist and television presenter, Steph McGovern, marking a significant investment in the future of high-value manufacturing in the region.

ECMS is a collaboration between the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, University of Wolverhampton, Dudley College, Cast Metals Federation, Confederation of British Metalforming, Institute of Cast Metals Engineers and In-Comm Training.

Subcontract market stays resilient

12 Oct 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Despite a high degree of volatility from month to month and process to process, the overall value of the UK contract manufacturing market held steady in the third quarter of 2018.

The Contract Manufacturing Index (CMI) for the quarter was 223, just 1.3% down on the previous quarter and 3.7% up on the equivalent period in 2017.

Since the Brexit vote in 2016 the CMI has risen by 18.6%.