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Boeing ups forecast for new aeroplane demand

20 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
The Asia market will continue to lead the way in total aeroplane deliveries. Image courtesy of Boeing

Boeing has raised its forecast for new aeroplane demand, projecting the need for 41,030 new aeroplanes over the next 20 years valued at USD$6.1 trillion dollars.

The US-headquartered company's annual Current Market Outlook (CMO) was released at the Paris Air Show, with total aeroplane demand rising 3.6% over last year's forecast.

Hutchinson training academy

20 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Hutchinson Engineering has launched a training academy addressing the skills shortage in welding and fabrication in the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland

Fabrication services expert, Hutchinson Engineering, has launched a training academy addressing the skills shortage in welding and fabrication in the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland.

The academy, which will take on its first recruits in September, will operate from the company’s 80,000 sq ft manufacturing facility, based in Kilrea.Mark Hutchinson, managing director at Hutchinson Engineering, said: “At Hutchinson Engineering, we have recognised that there is a significant shortage of both welders and fabricators in the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland.

Environmentally responsible engineering

19 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
British Metal Treatments (BMT) is offering an environmentally responsible material reclaim service to help companies repair and reconfigure engineering components.

British Metal Treatments (BMT) is offering an environmentally responsible material reclaim service to help companies repair and reconfigure engineering components.

The highly skilled workforce at BMT can carry out the highest quality reclamation work on everything from mandrels and sleeves to actuator cylinders, valves and couplings.

Kenneth Gauld, managing director of parent company AJT Engineering, said: “Through reclamation, we can prevent the need for complete manufacture which in turn lessens the environmental impact.”

KMF MD awarded MBE

19 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
Gareth Higgins, managing director of KMF, with some of the company's young trainees

Gareth Higgins, managing director of precision sheet metal fabrication specialist KMF, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Mr Higgins, who has helped steer KMF through 25 years of growth, is honoured for services to apprenticeships. He said: “It is an incredible honour to be nominated for an MBE but to be recognised for KMF's commitment to skills and engineering makes this particularly rewarding.”

North Staffordshire-based KMF has heavily invested in apprenticeships, training and supporting young people into engineering careers.

Optimas continues 24-year relationship with JLR

16 Jun 2017 by Engineering Capacity
As a full-service provider, Optimas works closely with JLR at every stage of development and delivery of its vehicles

Optimas Solutions has formalised a continuation of its contract with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) for fastener supply to JLR's Castle Bromwich and Solihull manufacturing facilities.

The announcement comes as JLR continues to invest in its UK manufacturing, having shown strong growth in the domestic and export markets over recent years.

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