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Foreign companies put 10% more into UK auto

08 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
The Midlands automotive sector secured 58 new foreign direct investments during 2016/17

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.

AE Aerospace expansion on the cards

08 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
AE Aerospace is investing heavily in its future

A West Midlands Aerospace company is looking to expand into new premises in the region to cope with further increases in sales and a growth in staff numbers.

AE Aerospace has already enjoyed a 500% increase in sales following a ten-fold increase in orders and is continuing to grow.

Peter Bruch, managing director of AE Aerospace said: “We have simply run out of space. When we completed a management buy-out three years ago, we had 24 members of staff. We now have 63 and expect to reach 100 by the end of next year.”

Celebrating British manufacturing

07 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
The competition showcases the creativity, diversity and heritage that defines British manufacturing

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 specialises in machining large fabrications and complex assemblies

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
 More than half of those surveyed said they had increased productivity over the last six months

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.

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