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

Merseyside welder training boosted

31 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Birkenhead’s Engineering College has expanding its team of technical tutors by appointing a highly experienced welding specialist. 

Brian Bowers takes up the role of Welding, Fabrication and Pipefitting Tutor and will be responsible for training new apprentices.

Mr Bowers started his career in Birkenhead serving his apprenticeship at Cammell Laird Shipbuilders Ltd between 1983 and 1987, working on submarines and surface warships as a welder. He has since worked with other major UK industry brands including BAE Systems and Airbus-UK based at Broughton.

Hague Agreement ensures post-Brexit IP access

29 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity
David Paton, senior associate and patent attorney at intellectual property firm, Withers & Rogers, described the announcement as an opportunity to raise awareness of the valuable protection provided by design rights

Engineering and tech-led businesses in the UK will continue to benefit from access to a streamlined system for obtaining registered designs protection after Brexit, following confirmation that the UK is to officially join the Hague Agreement next year.

Making the skills connection

29 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Phil Simmonds, group managing director, EC Electronics

Phil Simmonds, group managing director, EC Electronics, asks if apprenticeships are the answer to the electronics skills gap?

The UK electronics industry has for some time been facing a technical skills gap. STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) are not a popular choice for school leavers even with various incentives and schemes in place to encourage students to take an interest. As employers in the electronics sector we, and our friends in other firms, experience this first hand. Recruiting people with the right skills is a challenge.

Business focus boosts sales

29 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity
(l-r) Nick Oakland (JC Metalworks) and James Bosworth (MGP)

Diversification into supplying new areas of retail is paying dividends for Loughborough manufacturer JC Metalworks after it announced a 24% increase in sales.

The company, which employs almost 100 people, offers in-house metal part and product manufacturing services including laser cutting, punching, metal forming, fabrication, powder coating and final assembly.

Getting bike carrier on the road

25 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Auxtrail drew on the rapid prototying and 3D printing skills of proto labs

The manufacturer of an innovative vehicle bike carrier drew on the rapid prototyping and 3D printing capabilities of Proto Labs to bring the design to the point where it was ready for manufacture.