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Investments on show at Subcon

20 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Exhibitors at Subcon, the UK’s subcontract manufacturing event, will be offering visitors a range of new services and capabilities following recent investments.

Subcon, which runs from 6 to 8 June at the NEC, Birmingham, covers all sectors and all processes – from machining, sheet metalworking, casting and forging, to plastic moulding, composites and electronics. This range of manufacturing technologies is reflected in some of the new services and investments being featured at the show.

5-axis adds edge for Aerotech

20 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity

A leading subcontractor is preferring to take a proactive approach to uncertain and challenging times by investing in state-of-the-art 5-axis machining centre.

Aerotech is very much of the opinion that its new Doosan VCF 850LSR 5-axis machining centre from Mills CNC, along with investing in its processes, systems, people and supply chain relationships, will prepare it for the future and better position it to capitalise on opportunities post-Brexit.

Laser investment at B Allsop

19 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity

B Allsop Limited, the Huddersfield based sheet metal manufacturer, has agreed a £400,000 finance package with Yorkshire Bank’s asset finance team to support the firm’s investment plans.

The funding has allowed the precision sheet metal engineering firm to invest in a new £500,000 state-of-the-art laser cutting machine which will enhance the ability to cut through thicker metal more quickly.

A winner for swarf control

18 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Plastic Turned Parts (PTP) was the first company in the UK to install a Citizen CNC sliding head turn-mill centre incorporating patented Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) machining technology. Since then, it's been able to totally eliminate swarf control problems in the production of thousands of plastic components.

Subcontract manufacturing stands up to Brexit

17 Apr 2017 by Engineering Capacity

The latest Contract Manufacturing Index shows the market shrugging off concerns about Brexit to gain 11% in the first quarter of 2017.

That is according to the latest Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index (CMI) figures, which also showed machining was up 15% and fabrication up by 13% on the previous quarter.

Karl Wigart, owner of Qimtek, said: “We are now in a position where business is better than it was before the Brexit vote. January was a very strong month for machining – as was January 2016 – and fabrication still seems to be making excellent progress.”