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Investment increase in precision engineering

10 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Colombia Metals’ first survey of 2017 shows that investment in precision engineering is at an 18-month high, demonstrating a good outlook for the sector.

The survey also reveals that precision engineers are increasingly optimistic over an increase in sales during the next year.

“A gradual return of confidence has characterised the precision engineering industry since the start of 2017. It is encouraging to see rising expectations of higher sales and investment in growth this year,” said David Stephenson, managing director of Columbia Metals.

Armed Forces award for Arlington Automotive

06 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Arlington Automotive North East, the automotive parts manufacturer and supply chain consolidator, has received the bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).

The ERS is awarded to UK employers who support people who serve or have previously served in the Armed Forces and their families.

£1m factory extension to facilitate growth

06 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity
PP Control & Automation has very ambitious growth plans to double turnover

PP Control & Automation has a new £1m factory extension which aims to double sales from £20m to £40m by 2021.

This further 1,000 sq metres of production space, which has been added to the company’s existing 4,500 sq metre facility in Cheslyn Hay, has been specially created in order to facilitate growth in new technology markets and interest from a wider international customer base.

Midas moulds for pizza ovens

05 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Midas Pattern Company has developed a special mould to help Etna Ovens cast the concrete fire brick domes

Midas Pattern Company has developed a special mould to help Etna Ovens cast the concrete fire brick domes that form the basis of the company’s iconic outdoor pizza ovens.

The company has already cast 50 new domes using the mould and Etna ovens are available to view at exhibitions up and down the country, including the Ideal Home Show and Grand Designs Live.

Guiseppe Buttice, director, Etna Ovens, said: “We knew of Midas Pattern as they are local to us and it proved a good decision to get them involved in the mould for our domes.”

Largest individual contract for Zircotec

04 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Zircotec’s ceramic coatings are plasma-sprayed so are more strongly adherent than any painted finish

Heat management specialist Zircotec has secured its largest ever single contract, to supply an ultra-durable ceramic coating for the exhaust tail pipes of a premium European supercar.

The £1m contract is for Zircotec’s Ultimate Range which will be used to protect nearby carbon fibre components from heat whilst providing a long lasting cosmetic finish that has been developed to suit vehicle styling requirements.