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

Oil and gas on the up

04 Dec 2018 by Engineering Capacity

The resurgence of the oil and gas market has seen KimberMills International, which offers high quality forgings and machined parts, post a 15% increase in sales after securing new contracts to supply fluid handling, pipeline, valve and pump components.

The recent successes make it the company’s most popular sector and it is looking to build on this even further by becoming a member of NOF Energy, a business development organisation dedicated to helping firms win new contracts in the energy industry.

Where moulding won’t do

04 Dec 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Two new sliding head lathes at Plastic Turned Parts are helping to fill the volume niche where injection moulding is not a viable option.

The two new machines, a Citizen L20 with its LFV technology and a Citizen B16E sliding head machine bring the total number of CNC lathes to 11, all of which are used solely for the machining of a wide range of plastic materials.

Subcon show up for sale

30 Nov 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Centaur Media has put the annual Subcon subcontracting show, along with the rest of its events division, up for sale.

The London-based plc has appointed Cavendish Corporate Finance as advisers for the sale.

As well as Subcon, the Advanced Manufacturing Show and the Engineer Expo, the events division includes the Business Travel Show, The Meetings Show and Employee Benefits.

Record numbers attend GTMA Meet The Toolmakers Event

28 Nov 2018 by Engineering Capacity

The MTC in in Coventry has hosted the GTMA’s largest ever Meet the Toolmakers Event

The annual event, organised by the Gauge and Toolmakers Association (GTMA) and the British Plastics Federation (BPF), brings UK plastics moulders face-to-face with tool making specialists in a day designed to help these co-dependent businesses connect. Almost 200 people attended, far exceeding numbers from previous years.

Coating beats offshore weather

28 Nov 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Hardide Coatings has provided a coating solution for a new tool that will save oil and gas operators millions of pounds per year by extending weather windows for drilling operations.

Well construction specialist DeltaTek Global selected the Hardide CVD (chemical vapour deposition) tungsten carbide-based coating for the key component of its new ArticuLock tool. ArticuLock provides operators with longer weather windows to deploy subsea hardware and improve operational reliability by removing bending fatigue in subsea running tools and landing strings.