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

Second plating cycle for Brompton bikes

06 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
The Brompton bikes are electroless nickel plated by Surface Technology

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.

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.

A record year for Lambert

05 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Mike Lewis of Lambert with the EEF's Martin Strutt

The Internet of Things (IoT) and the emergence of digital skills has helped a North Yorkshire automation manufacturer boost turnover by 21% in the last year.

Lambert, a leading provider of automation systems, equipment engineering and precision components, has seen annual sales rise to a record £22.6m, with 80% of equipment built now exported to key strategic customers in Europe, North America, South America and the rest of the world.

Lightweight composite structures for defence

05 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Radome manufacturing at Norco Composites

UK manufacturer of lightweight composite structures and GRP mouldings Norco Holdings will promote its services to the defence sector at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) event in September.

The company said it has chosen to exhibit at DSEI for the first time as a result of significant growth in its activities within the defence and security sector.

COTESA to make Chinook parts

02 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity

German-owned COTESA GmbH will produce complex composite parts for the Boeing H-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter in a five-year first-time contract.

COTESA will manufacture portions of the Chinook tunnel cover section – a honeycomb-like core that makes up parts of the helicopter’s external skin – for the global Chinook fleet.

Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing Europe, commented: “The contract award to COTESA is a testament to the technology potential we see in Germany and another important milestone in our partnership with German industry.”