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Hardide coatings gain Airbus approval

30 Mar 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Hardide has worked hard to ensure its coatings meet Airbus’s stringent process specifications

Hardide Coatings, a provider of advanced tungsten carbide coatings, has gained Approved Supplier status by the Airbus Group for the coating of flying components.

The company, which has production sites in the UK and USA, completed the Airbus Industrial Qualification process following technical qualification of its Hardide-A coating as an alternative to hard chrome plating by the aircraft manufacturer back in December 2015.

Apprentices quiz MPs on skills support

29 Mar 2017 by Engineering Capacity
The visit was designed to highlight the need for continued investment in generating the talent of the future

Manufacturing apprentices from the West Midland's have travelled to Westminster to quiz a number of politicians on the skills gap and the importance of vocational learning.

In-Comm Training, which operates training academies in Aldridge and Shrewsbury, arranged the visit for the 25 apprentices and 20 of their employers to debate the subject with Business Minister, Margot James, the hosting MP, Wendy Morton, and fellow MPs Amanda Milling and Daniel Kawczynski.

Precision aerospace partnership

29 Mar 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Cube Precision has been working to optimise Paul Fabrication’s tooling process

West Midlands-based Cube Precision has formed a partnership with a global player in the aerospace engineering industry to help it meet customer lead time demands and deliver a more efficient service.

The firm began work with Paul Fabrications, a Unitech Aerospace Company, in autumn of 2016 upon the referral of a successful tooling package delivery to Rolls Royce. Subsequently, Cube’s support and insight when it came to optimising the company’s tooling process quickly became invaluable. 

Brexit 'good for business' - with caveats

28 Mar 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Coinciding with the triggering of Article 50, new surveys show a marked increase in the number of manufacturing and engineering companies that believe Brexit will be good for business and industry - but point to troubles ahead.

Malton Laser ramps things up

28 Mar 2017 by Engineering Capacity
The award-winning EasyLoad wheelchair and stretcher ramp is used in ambulances across the UK

Malton Laser has provided a series of specially laser cut components to SG Technical Systems for an ambulance access ramp that’s been awarded a Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

The award-winning EasyLoad wheelchair and stretcher ramp is used in ambulances across the UK has a proven track record of being both highly-robust and reliable. These attributes have led to substantial cost savings for operators, as well as ensuring ambulances can be kept in service thanks to the virtual elimination of ramp faults.