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

A punching revolution

22 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

SPONSORED STORY: Mate is starting a punching revolution with its new Ultra® QCT™, a quick change, tool-less thick turret punching system for easier, faster setups.

Ultra QCT is simple and intuitive to setup, and fully compatible with Mate’s Ultra® family of guides and standard canisters. With its robust patent-pending design, Ultra QCT is the new standard in punch press tooling.

Spanning the generations

22 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Two generation of family-run business Empire Manufacturing have relied on PSL Datatrack to manage the smooth operation of the company.

“We find that PSL Datatrack is much more than just an IT software service provider. As they deal with so many businesses they are able to offer advice on practical solutions for the day-to-day running of Empire Manufacturing.” That's the verdict of Director Stuart Wade, whose precision subcontract engineering company has now been using the production control software system across two generations of the family business.

Busy year for subcontractors

21 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

2018 was a good year for subcontractors with the market up 31% on 2017.

Despite uncertainty for the UK manufacturing industry as a whole, the latest Contract Manufacturing Index (CMI) for 2018 was 227, which compares to a figure of 173 for the previous year.

Within those headline figures though there was a 7% downward trend through the year – although this eased off in the second half.

The CMI for the fourth quarter of 2018 stood at 222 – up 61% on the equivalent quarter in 2017 and fractionally down (0.45%) on the previous quarter of 2018.

Machining bigger parts

16 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

Customer demand has led Essex-based MKB Precision Engineering to invest in in larger vertical machining capacity.

Making aerospace fairer for women

16 Jan 2019 by Engineering Capacity

The women of Northern Ireland’s aerospace sector took a significant step towards gender balance within the industry at Thursday’s ADS Group New Year conference, by signing the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter.

The Charter, which was launched in July 2018, makes a commitment to work together to build a more balanced and fair industry for women across the aviation and aerospace sector. It also focuses on driving diversity and inclusion within the sector and providing fair opportunities for women to succeed at the highest levels.