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

Latest laser-punch speeds throughput

25 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

The UK’s first TRUMPF TruMatic 1000 fiber laser-punch, which has been installed at Luton-based Islebest Ltd, is helping the bespoke metalwork specialist achieve cycle-time reductions of 35% against stand-alone laser and punching machines.

The investment, which has also saved on floor space, is now helping to attract new prospects for this progressive manufacturing business.

Sheffield students get a taste of engineering

24 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Showing the way in bringing on the next generation of home grown talent, Anne Wilson MBE, MD of Numill Tooling Solutions has been working with local schools to give young people to find out more about a career in engineering.

Anne works with schools in her capacity as Cutlers Champion for Outwood Academy City in Sheffield.  She is also Enterprise Adviser for the school & a governor having responsibility for connections with employers and industry.   Anne has also been a Governor at Sheffield College for over 2 years.

New service stops leaky castings

24 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Midland Impregnation offers services to cure porous castings

The owners of Stourbridge based metal finishing specialists Midland Deburr & Finish have invested £300k to open a new company, Midland Impregnations Limited (MIL). It will to provide a specialist casting impregnation service to foundries and casting machine shops predominantly across the Midlands region.

MIL will shortly add a further £50k investment to impregnation capacity and other associated processes.

Pattonair acquisition

24 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Aerospace and defence supply chain specialist Pattonair is set to be acquired by the global investment firm Platinum Equity.

Headquartered in Derby, Pattonair supports blue chip engine and airframe manufacturers and MRO customers with tailored supply chain management solutions. It offers a global service though dedicated facilities in Singapore, China, Poland, Brazil, Canada and five cities in the United States.

Pattonair CEO Wayne Hollinshead said Pattonair and Platinum Equity are a great fit.

Moving to full service supply

23 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Lasershape has invested more than £2m in becoming a full-service supplier – adding fabrication, powder coat painting, assembly and packaging to its CNC laser and waterjet profiling capabilities.

The project was part funded by the D2N2 business growth program and will create around 20 jobs in Nottingham.

By refurbishing three additional units to the rear of Lasershape’s existing facility in Chilwell, Nottingham, the company has added 25,000ft² to its capacity, taking total floor space to circa 60,000ft².