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Look North for Anglo-Irish collaboration

09 Mar 2018 by Engineering Capacity

The Northern Powerhouse will be the focus of future UK-Irish collaboration in the aerospace sector says Sean Long, Senior Market Adviser, Engineering, Electronics at Enterprise Ireland

The UK is Ireland’s number one export market, representing a value of €7.5 billion exports and 35% of Ireland’s total exports[1].  These two isles hold an ever-strong relationship and even in the wake of the decision to leave the European Union, are looking to maintain their ties as well as exploring new strategies for future growth; particularly in the aerospace sector.

Membership of aerospace group booming

09 Mar 2018 by Engineering Capacity

The West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) announced at its Annual Conference & Exhibition that it has achieved record membership numbers by surpassing the 300 mark.

The event was held on the 28th of February and attracted more than 220 senior managers and leaders from companies throughout the aerospace sector, including Airbus, GE Aviation, GKN Aerospace, Leonardo Helicopters, Rolls Royce, and Safran.

Etched Ti implants on show

07 Mar 2018 by Engineering Capacity

Precision Micro will return to Medtec Europe in April, seeing it as an ideal platform to showcase its photo chemical etching technology for medical devices, including the precision titanium components.

Exhibiting from booth 9A40 at the Messe Stuttgart, 17-19 April 2018, attendees will see examples of the intricate and accurate metal parts Precision Micro produces for leading medical OEMs, including connectors, contacts, springs and meshes for hearing aids, medical implants, and instruments, including bone saws used for knee and hip surgery.

Is the Apprenticeship Levy working?

06 Mar 2018 by Engineering Capacity

The success of the Apprenticeship Levy is splitting manufacturing opinion with a new survey revealing that just 55% of manufacturers believe it is working.

The results came from the In-Comm Training Barometer, which is designed to take the temperature of UK industry’s appetite for training.

Of the 71 respondents, just over a fifth said they had taken on apprentices as a result of the Levy – a small number, but still an increase in the face of an annual decline in the number of Apprenticeship starts over the last twelve months.

Weird sounds for ‘Scottish Play’

06 Mar 2018 by Engineering Capacity

A Cornish factory has supplied the National Theatre with special springs to make eerie sound effects for its forthcoming production of Macbeth starring Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff.

The National Theatre approached the Redruth factory of European Springs and Pressings to develop springs that enhanced the sound production of the performance.