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

The true cost of downtime

10 Feb 2021 by Engineering Capacity

The world of manufacturing is no stranger to going through the good times and the bad. The 2008 recession put progress and innovation on hold, and now the coronavirus is threatening to create a short-term future where production lines are firing on cylinders and one day and being turned off the next.

This article from Houghton International looks at the cost of machine downtime over the last decade and how things can still be done, even during the pandemic, to improve the outlook of the industry.

Young machining entrepreneur

09 Feb 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Shortlisted for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2021 and a finalist in 2020, 27-year-old Alun Cheung started his own subcontracting business, SLAC Precision Engineering Ltd in 2018.

Turned parts 40% faster

09 Feb 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Investment in new fixed head turn-milling machines has increased output by up to 40% at Merseyside subcontractor Bryken.

Last August the company took delivery of its sixth Miyano BNE-51MSY turn-mill centre supplied by Citizen Machinery UK.

Additive approach to castings

09 Feb 2021 by Engineering Capacity

A new digital manufacturing centre will offer customers access to a new process that applies additive manufacturing techniques to sand and investment casting processes.

The Silverstone-based Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC), which will launch commercially in March, is working with Enable Manufacturing, a UK-based start-up behind a process it calls Additive Casting.

COVID calls halt to training

08 Feb 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Covid-19 is having a dramatic impact on the future of vocational learning according to the latest In-Comm Training Barometer, which revealed that 64% of companies had failed to invest in new apprentices over the last twelve months.

The survey, which was launched today to mark the first day of National Apprenticeship Week 2021, revealed a worrying picture of cuts to training budgets (51%) and more than half of firms (53%) shelving future plans to take on young workers as they adapt to the challenges presented by the virus.

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