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

Hardide gains Nadcap accreditation

28 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Hardide Coatings has gained Nadcap accreditation, enabling it to provide its advanced tungsten carbide-based coatings to any aerospace prime contractor or their supply chains worldwide.

Hardide Coatings developed Hardide-A for the aerospace and defence industry as a replacement for hard chrome plating, shortly to be banned under EU REACH regulations, and provide an alternative to HVOF, cadmium plating and other coating processes.   

Fuses for fighter jets

28 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Following the acquisition of deep-drawing specialist Fourjay, West Bromwich-based manufacturer, Berck Limited will be supplying the MoD with pressed components for fighter jets.

Berck, which manufacture metal pressings and metal sub-assemblies for the world's leading automotive, electronic and medical industries will now be supplying fuses for the Eurofighter and F-16.

Making a case for urethane parts

28 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Urethane’s unique properties and versatility is helping to solve some of the industry’s most challenging component design issues, writes Del Williams.

For engineers, meeting part design challenges can be exceedingly difficult when traditional materials like plastic, steel, and rubber do not possess the required specialised characteristics, lack the versatility to be adapted, cannot be economically produced, or do not readily bond with other materials or system components.

Precision apprentice training success

28 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

An apprentice training programme run by leading precision engineering specialist Dawson Shanahan has filled up for this year after receiving an overwhelming response from young prospective engineers.

Despite only opening less than one year ago, over 30 young local residents applied for a place in Dawson Shanahan's engineering training school. With four places available, the firm has awarded places to three first year apprentices and one Level 3 apprentice. This takes the number of apprentices currently on the programme to eight.

Metalcraft contract extension with Sellafield

27 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Avingtrans plc's subsidiary Stainless Metalcraft (Chatteris) Ltd, part of the group's energy and medical division, has secured an additional £11m contract option with Sellafield.

The contract extension for an additional quantity of containers builds on Metalcraft's May 2015 contract for the supply of waste containers over 10 years, worth up to £47m. From the initial contract award in 2015, Metalcraft has cleared the prototype development phase of the contract and established a dedicated manufacturing facility, which is now engaged in pre-production trials.