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Foreign companies put 10% more into UK auto

08 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Figures released by automotive inward investment body Drive Midlands show that the region's automotive sector secured 58 new foreign direct investment (FDI) deals during 2016/17, a 10% increase on the previous year.

These new projects, which involved investors from the US, India and China, helped to generate almost 3,000 new jobs across the Midlands.

Celebrating British manufacturing

07 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

The annual EEF manufacturing photography competition is now open for entries celebrating the best of British manufacturing in the traditional and high-tech sectors.

Now in its eighth year, this year the competition is asking that photographers submit images that capture the essence of modern manufacturing from design, process and technology in action through to the finished product.

Blackhill Engineering wins Magnox contract

07 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Blackhill Engineering has won its first contract for the manufacture of equipment to support nuclear decommissioning work at Magnox's Winfrith site in Dorset.

The contract marks a further breakthrough into the nuclear sector for Exeter-based heavy engineering company Blackhill, part of SC Group, the Devon-headquartered engineering services business, which is actively targeting the nuclear and energy sectors as part of its long-term growth and diversification strategy. 

Getting to grips with the 'productivity puzzle'

06 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Getting to grips with the 'productivity puzzle'
SME manufacturers in the UK appear to be getting to grips with the 'productivity puzzle', says the latest National Manufacturing Barometer.

The survey reveals that more than half (52%) of the 270 SMEs questioned say they have increased productivity over the last six months, with 68% expecting another performance boost between now and the end of the year.

Second plating cycle for Brompton bikes

06 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

UK-owned Brompton Bicycle has partnered with specialist coatings supplier Surface Technology for the second time to produce 1,300 of its special Nickel Edition bikes.

This follows last year's instant sell-out of the bikes, which are electroless nickel plated by Surface Technology, part of Norman Hay plc, at Brompton's Leeds facility.