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

Building on a pizza base

02 Aug 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Starting as a pizza pan importer over 30 years ago, Alphin Pans has transformed itself into a business where 70% of its work is in subcontract spinning, pressing, profiling and forming.

Its latest investment is in two Timesavers deburring and surface finishing machines from Ellesco.

Alphin began life in a garage in 1989 importing and selling pizza pans. For its first 20 years the company was happy to simply buy and sell pizza pans and associated equipment, building solid foundations and counting the leading UK pizza supplier as a key customer.

Two Golds in a row

02 Aug 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Carrickfergus-based IPC Mouldings has achieved the SC21 Gold Performance Level for the second consecutive year.

The SC21 international programme promotes the continuous improvement and acceleration of the competitiveness and capabilities of the Aerospace and Defence Supply Chains worldwide.

The tool manufacturing and injection moulding company joined the programme in 2015 and is one of few companies to reach gold standard in the space of four years.

Rebuilding training for the casting sector

02 Aug 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Pam Murrell FICME, CEO of the Cast Metals Federation, CMF, describes the challenges that smaller, niche industry sectors face when trying to develop the specialist training programmes that they need. The casting industry tackled the problem through the industry bodies taking a lead role.

Medical opportunity taken

29 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

The Covid-19 lockdown has given the Newry-based Exact Group, the opportunity to achieve medical device accreditation.

The ISO 13485 accreditation complements the company’s existing Aerospace and Defence accreditations and awards.

ISO 13485 is a quality management system that demonstrates compliance to stringent medical device quality standards that consistently meet customer and other regulatory requirements.

Surface engineering apprenticeship

29 Jul 2020 by Engineering Capacity

A new Master-level apprenticeship standard for engineers employed within the surface coatings and surface engineering disciplines is now available from Cranfield University.

This new standard is at Master Degree level 7, and post graduate engineers will learn specialised skills particular to Surface Engineering and Coatings, Heat Treatments, and Surface Treatments with a specific emphasis on helping their business.