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

Pledge to support skills

01 Jun 2020 by Engineering Capacity

One of the UK’s leading training providers has launched a new campaign to ensure apprenticeships are protected as manufacturers seek to find ways of coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.

In-Comm Training, which operates three academies at Aldridge, Bridgnorth and Shropshire, is asking firms in the West Midlands to sign-up to its ‘Skills Pledge’, which will see them commit to supporting apprentices, raising the profile of vocational learning and ‘upskilling’ their workforces.

ACE aims for Gold

27 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE) is hoping to achieve Gold Supplier status after being selected to take part in a supplier development by Collins Aerospace.

It is working with Collins, a world leader in aerospace and defence technologies, on a host of continuous improvement and training activities to help it strengthen its ability to supply group factories across the globe.

Straight in with SC21 Silver

27 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

The Newry-based Exact Group, which specialises in precision engineering and composite finishing, has become the first ever company in Ireland go straight to a Silver Award on the SC21 Aerospace Supply Chain Programme, SC2.

The usual route is to start with the accreditation of a Bronze award, before progressing to Silver.

The Newry company is sponsored through the programme by Collins Aerospace (formerly B/E Aerospace), a unit of Raytheon Technologies.

Fuselage parts for 500 aircraft

27 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Kaman UK has now delivered 80,000 rear fuselage packers to BAE Systems for its F-35 manufacturing programme. These parts along with 1,000 plenum ducts have been used in the manufacture of over 500 aircraft.

Rapid pivot to medical parts

27 May 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Subcontractor Unicut Precision has turned three-quarters of its manufacturing capacity over to ventilator component production.

The company is now stranger to producing large quantities of components, shipping a million items to customers in a typical month. The company operates 22 Cincom sliding-head lathes and eight Miyano fixed-head turning centres and an Index MS40 six-spindle bar automatic, in addition to other metalcutting plant.