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Building business for UK manufacturers

20 Sep 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Great British Marketing, an initiative to support and share best marketing advice, will be launched at the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics Show at Event City, Manchester on 27-28 September.

Delivered by FIG, a B2B marketing and communications agency that specialises in helping manufacturing businesses grow, Great British Marketing is offering expert advice at the show with its free marketing publications.

Alloy partnership boosts performance

13 Sep 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Lightweight casting company Sarginsons Industries has seen major growth this year in high performance cast aluminium alloys for the automotive and rail industries.

The company has been working in partnership with the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) to develop new lightweight aluminium alloys that are as strong as steel and totally recyclable.

Sales are on track to grow year-on-year sales by 30 per cent to £7.5 million by the end of 2017 and profits are up too.

Challenging spring for critical application

13 Sep 2017 by Engineering Capacity

William Hughes had to meet a challenging set of requirements when it was called on to engineer and manufacture a spring for a safety critical aerospace non-return valve.

The application required a large spring which manufactured from a specialist aerospace certified material –  which has a high spring index making it difficult to form – and had an unusual specification that called for one end of the spring to be fusion welded using stainless steel filler rod.

Hydraulic parts in days not weeks

13 Sep 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Following the installation of a Miyano mill-turn centre, Machine Tech Engineering (MTE) has cut production lead times on batches of hydraulic bodies from four weeks to five days.

MTE was originally founded by brothers Stewart and Warren May in 2002. The latest Miyano BNE-51MSY multi-axis mill-turn centre joins seven other machines supplied by Citizen at it Wednesbury site.

Optimas partners on TVR Griffith

13 Sep 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Optimas Solutions will be supplying direct line feed components to TVR for the new 200mph+ supercar that it is producing with car design legend Gordon Murray.

Its partnership with TVR will include Direct Line Feed of traditional fasteners, c-class components and additional commodities to the point of use, as well as engineering integration and delivery of an efficient Bill of Materials.