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

Subcontract market making steady progress

13 Jul 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Building on strong figures for the first quarter of 2017, the subcontract manufacturing market edged ahead another 6.7% in the second quarter, with strong demand for machining in June offsetting a dip in May.

According to the latest Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index (CMI) figures, the index for the second quarter stood at 174, compared to 163 for the first quarter, although it was 8% down on the corresponding quarter of 2016 when demand was particularly strong and the index stood at 188.

R & D grants jump-start new alloys

12 Jul 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Copper Alloys was helped by Jumpstart to £100,000 of R&D tax relief

Thanks to £100,000 of R & D tax relief a North Staffordshire manufacturer has developed new alloys that have generated £1m of new orders for complex forgings and machined components.

Copper Alloys Ltd, which employs 30 people at its facility in Burslem, has secured a string of contracts over the last twelve months with customers in the aerospace, defence, marine and petrochemical sectors.

SMES - Have your say on Brexit

11 Jul 2017 by Engineering Capacity
SMEs cane have their say in Brexit barometer says SWMAS

Small to Medium sized manufacturers (SMEs) can have their say on dealing with Brexit in the latest National Manufacturing Barometer.

The survey, conducted by SWMAS (part of the Exelin Group) in partnership with Economic Growth Solutions (EGS), is urging companies to come forward and have their say on one of the biggest changes to the global economy in decades.

£8.9m Lightweight Manufacturing Centre

08 Jul 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon opened the centre

 The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) will run the Scottish Government’s new £8.9 Lightweight Manufacturing Centre.

The specialist centre will develop new manufacturing processes for lightweight materials, such as titanium and carbon fibre, and will be the first step towards creating a National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland.

The centre will support highly-skilled jobs and help place Scotland at the forefront of lightweight manufacturing.

Making connections on the go

08 Jul 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Growing your business network takes time and effort, especially in unfamiliar new markets, but a new smartphone app could make it easy.

GeoBiz can help users connect with like-minded business contacts ‘on the go’, anywhere in the world, to line up business meetings in new markets. With a simple, easy-to-use app interface, GeoBiz enables users to source business suppliers, connections and skills from new locations.