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

Inside info on photo etching

15 Jul 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Photo etching specialist Precision Micro has launched a new website that highlights the advantages of the technology over traditional sheet metal processes.

MIDEST on the move

14 Jul 2017 by Engineering Capacity

The French subcontracting show MIDEST has moved from its traditional Autumn slot and is soon expected to have new owners.

Current organiser Reed Expositions has entered the exclusive negotiation phase for GL Events Exhibitions to take over the MIDEST event.

As a result, the next edition of MIDEST, previously scheduled for 3 - 5 October 2017, will take place in March 2018, from 27 to 30, at Paris Nord Villepinte alongside alongside Industrie, Smart Industries and Tolexpo.
The entire Midest team will be joining GL Events.

Tesla and Google favourite partners for driverless cars

13 Jul 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Tesla and Google named most investible brands in the driverless market

Results from the second quarter of a year-long research study reveal how investors view the performance of a range of different players in the autonomous vehicle (AV) market, providing for each firm, the % of investors who judge that company as ranking in the top 5 for having the most investible Autonomous Vehicle technology.

In the survey, conducted by international law firm Gowling WLG and economic research agency Explain the Market, Tesla (26%) topped the charts when it comes to investor confidence in AV manufacturers - closely followed by BMW (22%).

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.