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

Supporting Year of Engineering

02 May 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Harlow-based Gratnells Engineering is leading by example in its support for the Year of Engineering initiative

The Year of Engineering is a pioneering government campaign that has run since January 2018, aimed at attracting the next generation of innovators to the industry and boosting the overall numbers of those interested in a career in the sector.

The initiative aims to challenge perceived misconceptions about careers in engineering and has already seen businesses all over the UK delivering inspiring experiences for young people, parents and teachers.

Demand drives EDM growth

02 May 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Smethwick-based precision engineer A&M EDM has invested £400,00 in new wire erosion machines to meet increased demand from automotive, aerospace and motorsport customers.

The company says the two Sodick ALC 600G wire eroders will help drive sales to £5 million in 2018.

The new machines were commissioned by Charlotte Horobin, Regional Director Midlands & East of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Light touch holds parts tight

01 May 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Advanced adhesive technology has reduced tooling costs by 5% and halved the number of machining operations on a critical part at JJ Churchill.

Blue Photon technology which is marketed in the UK and Europe by NCMT Limited, is used to fix a titanium aluminide aerofoil blade component to a tool with an adhesive, which is then cured under UV light.

Automotive parts six times faster

01 May 2018 by Engineering Capacity

A six-spindle flexible turning centre has added capacity and flexibility at Tenable Screw’s Wimbledon headquarters – and is producing automotive parts six times faster.

With three manufacturing sites in Marlborough, Coventry and its headquarters in Wimbledon, South London; Tenable has more than 250 machine tools that include 71 coil-fed Escomatics, 26 multi-spindle machines, 56 sliding head turning centres and four fixed head turning centres. The machines produce millions of components every month.

Looking into Subcon’s crystal ball

30 Apr 2018 by Engineering Capacity

New research from Subcon shows that nearly 40% of manufacturing companies in the engineering sector plan to increase the amount of work they subcontract next year.

The research revealed that 2/3 of the businesses surveyed used subcontractors in the past year.

The main drivers for outsourcing production were lack of in-house capacity and a desire amongst manufacturers and engineering businesses to focus on core competencies. 

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