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

Outlook optimistic for recovery

02 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Manufacturing industry is optimistic for recovery from COVID-19 despite supply chain concerns, says a new SteelScout survey.

The survey found that more than 60% of professionals in the manufacturing industry expect the sector to recover from COVID-19 and return to business as usual by mid-2021. However, they highlighted issues in the wider supply chain which might impact the recovery, with almost 30% unable to access the materials they need and 36% adding that it is taking longer just to receive a ‘winning quote’.

Real virtual quality

30 Jun 2020 by Engineering Capacity

PP Control & Automation (PP C&A) has become one of the first companies in the UK to be ‘virtually’ re-certified to ISO9001:2015 without a site visit.

The strategic manufacturing outsourcing specialist, which works with 20 of the world’s leading machinery builders, completed its three-year re-certification audit without a BSI assessor physically being on site.

Search for engineering innovators

30 Jun 2020 by Engineering Capacity

The Advanced Engineering show is on the hunt for ground-breaking start-ups to showcase their latest products and inventions as part of its Enabling Innovation Zone.

The show, which is the largest annual engineering event in the UK, will take place on 4 and 5 November at the NEC, Birmingham, and will allow smaller enterprises to accelerate their growth by making the right connections in the world of advanced manufacturing and technology.

£6.5m SME recovery funding

30 Jun 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Small to Medium-sized (SME) manufacturers across England have been given a £6.5m funding boost to help them recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and address key barriers to growth.

The Manufacturing Growth Programme, which is funded by ERDF and delivered by Oxford Innovation Services, has been extended until December 2022 and will give a further 2800 companies access to industry experts and grants to tackle immediate business issues and support improvement plans.

3D-printing firm stays platinum

29 Jun 2020 by Engineering Capacity

3D-printing specialist SYS Systems has been awarded UK platinum partner status from Stratasys, the world’s biggest additive manufacturing company.

This is the eighth consecutive year that the honour has been bestowed on the Derbyshire firm.

Platinum status – the highest possible recognition from Stratasys  – is only awarded to high-performing partners based on strict proficiency criteria, including exceptional levels of customer service, training and support to back up machine sales.