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

Kenard chosen for growth initiative

23 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Kenard Engineering Group has been selected for Sharing in Growth (SiG), the government-backed supply chain competitiveness programme to help take advantage of aerospace growth opportunities.

The initial focus of the four-year programme will be to drive operational excellence, business development, people development and management control and reporting.

Swiss precision showcase

22 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Around 880 exhibitors are expected to sign up for June's 2017 EPHJ-EPMT-SMT show in Geneva, a showcase for the Swiss high precision industry and Switzerland’s largest trade show.

Companies working in the show’s specialist areas: watchmaking, microtechnology and medical technology, reportedly see the show, held at the Palexpo in Geneva from 20-23 June, as a high priority amidst increasing complexity in the market.

Dartford toolmaker invests in EDM

22 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Dartford-based Synergy (Kent) Ltd has invested in the latest EDM technology in order to improve its capacity and keep up with its growing order book.

The firm has invested in a Sodick AD35L from Sodi-Tech EDM, which has been set to work producing punches for the compaction industry that feature intricate and precise forms.

“Such has been our growing order book that it was clear we needed to increase our EDM capacity,” said one of the company’s owners, Ian Chambers. “For this reason, we decided to assess the market for an additional die-sink EDM.”

Training centre networks with employers

18 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

More than 100 people from local businesses attended two ‘open day’ events at an apprenticeship training centre currently in construction in Shropshire this week.

Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) will incorporate dedicated fabrication, foundry, lathe, metrology, milling, robotics and vehicle trimming sections, as well as a specialist CNC Zone and spray booth/mixing capabilities.

US banker turned metalworker comes good

17 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

A former Wall Street investment banker who left his high-flying career in the city five years-ago to buy a subcontract sheet metal fabricating business in Kent has doubled the company’s turnover.

Back in 2012, Troy Barratt purchased the 28-year-old sheet metalworking and fabrication company, Contracts Engineering Ltd (CEL) from its previous owners, who wanted to retire.

By 2016, turnover had doubled to £2 million per annum, while the number of employees increased by over 50% to 30 people.