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

World’s fastest tractor is JCB

20 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

JCB’s Fastrac has stormed into the record books after being crowned the world’s fastest tractor with a speed of 135.191 mph.

The Fastrac - designed and built by a team of young engineers in Staffordshire - secured the title at Elvington Airfield in York with motorbike racer and lorry mechanic Guy Martin at the wheel.  The feat was officially ratified by Guinness World Records who presented the company with a special framed certificate minutes after the achievement.

SME of the year

20 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

MNB Precision, a Midlands-based, family-run precision engineering firm has been named the Small to Medium Business of the Year at The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

The company was also named as finalists in the Exporter of the Year category. Earlier this year, MNB was named Insider UK Manufacturers of the Year (Under £25m). Directors, Luke Benton and Elliot Benton, were also shortlisted for Institute of Director Awards – Director of the Year Family Business, and Director of the Year International Business respectively.  

Milling and turning capacity

20 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Scott Bennett Engineering has boosted its milled and turned parts capacity with a second Nakamura turning centre.

The Nakamura AS200LMYS from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG) caps a £350,000 investment at the company and will help it cope with a 16% increase in demand.

The single turret, 15 station live tool and twin spindle machine will reduce cycle times by up to 25%, as well as removing secondary operations on more than 40 different product lines.

Pushing EV efficiency to the max

20 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre composite chassis and body panels from Formaplex have helped create one of the world’s most efficient electric cars.

Cambridge University students collaborated with F1 and supercar experts to create Helia, a four-seat solar powered electric car which can travel from London to the Scottish Highlands at a speed of 50mph on the same power it takes to boil a kettle.

Medical moulding resource

20 Nov 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) has installed a new 130 ton all-electric, medical specification injection moulding machine from Sumitomo (SHI) Demag to support Irish customers with their research, product development, tool testing and validation projects.