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

Red Arrows Aston keeps its cool

01 Jan 2018 by Engineering Capacity

A highly durable ceramic coating from specialist heat management company, Zircotec Group, is being used to treat the exhaust tailpipes of a special Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows edition.

The limited-run vehicle, of which only 10 have been made, uses Zircotec’s Ultimate Range coating technology.

Vacuum forming protects precision springs

01 Jan 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Precision spring manufacturer William has expanded its range of specialist products for the aerospace and hydraulic industries with the introduction of a range of standard size and bespoke vacuum formed trays.

Sally takes the helm

01 Jan 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Sally Thorley, who has been employed by Precision Products for nearly 30 years, has taken over the position of Managing Director from Brian Owen, who remains on the board of directors as Chairman.

Located in Rustington, West Sussex, the company is one of the leading subcontract manufacturers of precision turned parts in the south of England.

Further senior appointments are Ian Jenkins, who has moved across from production to become Commercial Manager; and Jason Bullen, who joined the company at the start of 2018 as Production Manager.

Irish aero cluster set to boost turnover

20 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Irish Government agency, Enterprise Ireland, has created the Emerald Aero Group, a new aerospace and aviation cluster which is forecast to increase turnover at precision engineering, composite, plastics and metal fabrication companies by over 25%.

Formed from 15 indigenous manufacturing companies, the aim of the company is to increase aerospace manufacturing revenues and employment, developing opportunities for Irish aerospace companies in the UK and further afield.

Bigger and faster cold-formed parts

17 Dec 2017 by Engineering Capacity

A new high-throughput machine at Dawson Shanahan will allow the company to make larger cold-formed components with less down-time and increased throughput.

The Formax FX54M four-die, high-speed cold former takes the company’s investment in new machinery to £500,000 for the third year in a row. Additional investments have been made in the company’s turning, milling and grinding capabilities, as well as in metrology and cleaning systems.