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Car market in focus

10 Apr 2019 by Engineering Capacity

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), had recorded a 17-year high for manufacturing in March 2017. Across the UK-based car plants there were over 170,691 vehicles manufactured throughout that month, which had increased by 7.3% compared to March 2016.

£16m auto supply chain support

10 Apr 2019 by Engineering Capacity

The Government has launched a £16 million programme to help make the UK’s advanced automotive manufacturing supply chain more competitive.

SMMT Industry Forum – the organisation set up by the UK government, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and vehicle manufacturers to improve the competitiveness of the UK’s automotive supply chain – is to play an important role in the new initiative.

From electric planes to Brexit

10 Apr 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Speakers at this year’s Subcon conference will cover topics ranging from Industry 4.0 and Brexit to electric cars and aeroplanes.

Running from 4 to 6 June at the NEC the free to attend conference includes 34 presentations in two theatres and runs alongside Subcon, the UK’s dedicated subcontract manufacturing event.

Organisations represented among the speakers include Siemens, Rolls-Royce, MakeUK, the MTC and WMG.

Subcontract market up again

10 Apr 2019 by Engineering Capacity

The UK subcontract manufacturing market continued to grow in the first quarter of 2019, despite a continued lack of resolution on Brexit. According to the latest Contract Manufacturing Index (CMI) figures, business was up 7% in the first three months of 2019 compared to the final quarter of 2018.

There was an upward trend throughout the quarter, compared to a downward trend that had been evident in the last three months of 2018.