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

Green turned parts

07 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Qualiturn Products Ltd can now offer customers green turned parts produced using sustainable energy thanks to the installation of solar photovoltaic panels at its new factory in Hertford.

The company has installed 381 panels on its roof with the capacity to produce max 135kW.

Managing Director Nick Groom says that typical demand in the factory is around 120 to 140kW, so in ideal conditions, with the sun in the right position and no cloud cover, it could meet all the factory’s power needs in peak sun hours.

Subcontract market bounces back

07 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

The latest Contract Manufacturing Index for the third quarter of 2020 (Q3) shows that the subcontract market bounced back strongly in July and August after the Covid-19 shutdown.

The market fell slightly in September, but was still 14% higher than at any point in the previous quarter. The signs are that larger companies have projects in the pipeline but they are taking longer than normal to come to market as many staff continue to work from home.

Advanced Engineering show postponed to 2021

24 Sep 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Easyfairs has announced that its Advanced Engineering 2020 event, which was due to take place on 4 & 5 November at the NEC, Birmingham, is postponed to 3 & 4 November 2021.

Plugged in to cluster

23 Sep 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Alucast is looking to build on £1m of electrification contract wins by joining a new EV cluster.

A recent £2.5m investment in its new CNC machining shop is paying off for the company, with the new technology paying a pivotal role in helping it secure new contracts in the electrification sector.

The independent aluminium foundry is using its increased 5-axis capability and MagmasoftÒ casting simulation to develop and produce a range of complex casings and housings for high profile car makers across Europe.

Manufacturing optimism fades

23 Sep 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Six months after the start of lockdown, research by Subcon shows that manufacturers have become more gloomy about a speedy return to ‘normal’.

Two surveys asking identical questions were conducted four months apart. In April, just 13 % of the 247 industry professionals believed the impact of Covid-19 on the supply chain would continue to be felt after a year. By August, that number had rocketed to 59%, with industry expecting recovery to follow a much deeper, longer curve than originally forecast.