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

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.

Onshoring boom sparks manufacturing cluster

17 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Four UK-based companies have joined forces to form a metal and plastics components cluster in response to a surge in new contracts from overseas customers looking to onshore.

Alucast, Barkley Plastics, KimberMills International and Muller Holdings are part of The Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), which comprises eight sub-contract manufacturers and a specialist engineering design agency, and has seen more than £1.5m of new contracts placed by foreign firms.

Polymer specialist to champion university talent

16 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Icon Aerospace Technology has pledged to continue to invest in graduate talent, following the success of one its graduate trainees who has become responsible for its CNC fabric cutting process.

Sara Killelay completed training funded by the Nottingham-headquartered business, part of Icon Polymer group, and now develops and implements the company’s CNC fabric cutting process to ensure repeatability of parts manufactured.

Pressworking company launch

16 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

West Midlands based Moseley Brothers, press tooling production specialist, has launched a new company to focus on its expanding metal pressing and assembly element of the business.

MB Presswork will run alongside sister companies Moseley Brothers and GF Laser at the firm’s centrally located West Midlands facility.