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SMEs hope for EU free trade

31 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Small to medium sized manufacturers have underlined their hopes for a Free Trade arrangement with the EU following Brexit, according to the latest National Manufacturing Barometer.

The quarterly survey, which questioned 331 industry leaders, asked SMEs to share their concerns about Brexit.

Maintaining a Free Trade arrangement with the European Union was cited as a key priority by around 50% of respondents, as well as the need for the Government to move more quickly through the negotiation process.

Ton-up for welding qualifications

31 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

WEC Group Ltd, one of the largest engineering and fabrication companies in the UK, has provided over 100 coded welding qualifications to staff since becoming a TWI (The Welding Institute) certified welder training centre earlier this year.

As one of only a few TWI certified welder training centres in the North West, the company currently provides the qualifications internally to apprentices, skilled and semi-skilled welders as a way of enhancing their skillsets and improving quality throughout the company overall.

New era for PCD specialist

31 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Caption: left to right - John Inglis (Exactaform) Michael Hiscock (Wright Hassall), Jamie White (Exactaform), James Compton (SP+M), Peter Raynor (Exactaform)

Exactaform, one of the UK’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of Polycrystalline Diamond (PCD) tools to the automotive and aerospace industries, has moved into its brand new, purpose-built premises on Prologis Park.

The 43,000 sq ft industrial unit, which includes office space, an on-site gym, and canteen, is the first step in major expansion plans for the company – which hopes to increase its headcount from 55 to 150 over the next five years.

The new unit was built after the firm outgrew its former site on Little Heath Industrial Estate.

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.