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

Laser investment at B Allsop

19 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity

B Allsop Limited, the Huddersfield based sheet metal manufacturer, has agreed a £400,000 finance package with Yorkshire Bank’s asset finance team to support the firm’s investment plans.

The funding has allowed the precision sheet metal engineering firm to invest in a new £500,000 state-of-the-art laser cutting machine which will enhance the ability to cut through thicker metal more quickly.

A winner for swarf control

18 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Plastic Turned Parts (PTP) was the first company in the UK to install a Citizen CNC sliding head turn-mill centre incorporating patented Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) machining technology. Since then, it's been able to totally eliminate swarf control problems in the production of thousands of plastic components.

Subcontract manufacturing stands up to Brexit

17 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity

The latest Contract Manufacturing Index shows the market shrugging off concerns about Brexit to gain 11% in the first quarter of 2017.

That is according to the latest Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index (CMI) figures, which also showed machining was up 15% and fabrication up by 13% on the previous quarter.

Karl Wigart, owner of Qimtek, said: “We are now in a position where business is better than it was before the Brexit vote. January was a very strong month for machining – as was January 2016 – and fabrication still seems to be making excellent progress.”

Giant circular gear rack

13 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity

A precision gear rack and CNC machined part manufacturer has supplied the first of two giant 44m gear racks for use on Germinating Kiln Vessels (GKV) for a UK malt producer.

Halifax Rack & Screw Cutting Company Limited (HRS) manufactured the rack in 54 separate curved sections that come together to form a complete 26m outside diameter circular gear rack which drives the turntable/floor of the GKV.

Outstanding training recognition

13 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity

A specialist manufacturing training provider has been given a resounding seal of approval by Ofsted following its latest inspection.

In-Comm Training, which operates academies in Aldridge and Shrewsbury, has been rated ‘Outstanding’ across all areas of the business, putting it in the top 12% of providers across the UK.