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

A220 threats and opportunities

16 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

The news that Airbus is set to squeeze costs on the former Bombardier A220 could create both threats and opportunities for suppliers, according to Paul Adams, aerospace sector specialist at management consultancy, Vendigital.

He said: “This drive by Airbus to reduce costs on the former Bombardier programme is likely to introduce both threats and opportunities for its global supply chain.

Access to overseas markets

09 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

From 4 to 6 June SUBCONTRATACIÓN 2019 in Bilbao, Spain, will give offer subcontractors the chance to win new customers, reinforce relationships with other companies and access foreign markets.

Running under the slogan “Connecting companies, growing business”, the International Fair of Manufacturing Processes and Equipment is the only trade show in Spain for subcontractor SMEs and leading platform for advanced manufacturing.

Waterjet cuts subcon costs

03 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Founded as a subcontract machining business for sister company Hobbs Valve, Hobbs Precision Engineering has recently invested in an Optima 320 twin head waterjet machine from Kerf Developments.

Hobbs Precision Engineering was created to reduce subcontract machining costs for Hobbs Valves, creating an opportunity to manufacture valve components in-house. It has built on this subcontract facility with the arrival of the 3m by 2m Optima machine.

Patience pays off for Standfast

03 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Aptly-named subcontractor Standfast Precision decided to hold its ground when the oil and gas market fell away and resisted to temptation to downsize. When work started to return it was well placed to take advantage of increasing demand and has now updated its turning capacity with the latest TC400 models from XYZ.

Safe rail structures

03 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

TRB Lightweight Structures Ltd has achieved the highest rail safety DIN 6701 (Parts 1-4) A1 type certification.

This approval is for bonding safety critical rail vehicle parts which covers applications where there is a risk of endangering passengers due to part failure in use.  TRB, which is IRIS approved (International Railway Industry Standard), has for over 60 years been manufacturing high quality rail interior products. These are used in new and refurbished trains and transportation systems worldwide.