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Covid-19 hits supply chains

26 Feb 2020 by

As well as the disruption in goods from China and the far east, the coronavirus is now starting to impact supply chains – sometimes in unexpected ways.

Richard Wilding OBE, Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield University, highlights the effect this is having on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and supplies from Italy.

“Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the latest problem that the Covid-19 virus is causing Supply Chain Directors.  PPE is protective clothing, which are garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer's body from injury or infection.

Southern smashes record

26 Feb 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2020, held at Farnborough International Exhibition Centre in February, witnessed a 9% increase in attendance to set an all-time record.

A total of 9,256 visitors attended the three-day show, which is the UK’s longest-running and largest annual industrial technology exhibition. Companies from all over the UK, continental Europe and further afield took part, showcasing a huge range of industrial products and technologies, from electronic components to the latest high-tech machining centres.

Tube signs go up in Battersea

22 Feb 2020 by Engineering Capacity

A family-owned company based on the Isle of Wight has just supplied the first roundel signs for the new Battersea Power Station Tube station.

The new roundels, among the most recognised and imitated logos in the world, are being manufactured at family-owned AJ Wells & Sons Ltd on the Isle of Wight where London transport signage has been produced for generations. They are the first roundels to be manufactured for a new Northern line station since the opening of the extension to Morden in 1926.

Galvanisers dip into their pockets

19 Feb 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Corbetts Galvanisers, one of the UK’s oldest hot dip galvanizing specialists, is celebrating its 160th birthday with a £300,000 investment drive.

The company, which employs 105 people at its Telford facility, has a range of events scheduled to help it mark the major anniversary, including the installation of new flux and acid tanks that will free up capacity and speed up the galvanizing process.

The management team are now setting their sights on a 7% increase in volumes, which, if achieved, will generate an additional £1m of revenue for the firm.

Hit the Catapult trail at MACH

18 Feb 2020 by Engineering Capacity

The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult will be putting on a four-stand advanced technology trail at MACH 2020 in April.

The Catapult Trail, which spreads across the exhibition, will show how the it can help companies harness key Industry 4.0 technologies to improve their bottom line. All seven of the HVM Catapult’s world-leading centres of innovation will be on display along the trail, with special features on the future of machining, additive manufacturing, digitalisation and automation.