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Moulder invests over £1m

06 Sep 2017 by Engineering Capacity

By expanding its headquarters and purchasing five new moulding machines, Blackburn-based MGS Technical Plastics has invested more than £1m in improving its facilities over the last year.

The company supplies plastic injection mouldings to customers in markets including medical, hygiene, security, safety, and electronics.

The seven-figure spending ensures that the injection moulding specialist continues to meet growing demand while keeping at the forefront of industry innovations.

Additive milestone for oil and gas

06 Sep 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has certified the first part produced by additive manufacturing for the oil and gas industry.

The part, a titanium gateway manifold for pipelines, was designed by Surrey, England-based Safer Plug Company (SPC) and built by the AM production company 3T RPD using powder bed fusion. The entire process was overseen and certified by LR using its framework, an industry first that guides manufacturers on AM processes to certify components.

SMEs hope for EU free trade

31 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Small to medium sized manufacturers have underlined their hopes for a Free Trade arrangement with the EU following Brexit, according to the latest National Manufacturing Barometer.

The quarterly survey, which questioned 331 industry leaders, asked SMEs to share their concerns about Brexit.

Maintaining a Free Trade arrangement with the European Union was cited as a key priority by around 50% of respondents, as well as the need for the Government to move more quickly through the negotiation process.

Ton-up for welding qualifications

31 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

WEC Group Ltd, one of the largest engineering and fabrication companies in the UK, has provided over 100 coded welding qualifications to staff since becoming a TWI (The Welding Institute) certified welder training centre earlier this year.

As one of only a few TWI certified welder training centres in the North West, the company currently provides the qualifications internally to apprentices, skilled and semi-skilled welders as a way of enhancing their skillsets and improving quality throughout the company overall.

New era for PCD specialist

31 Aug 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Exactaform, one of the UK’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of Polycrystalline Diamond (PCD) tools to the automotive and aerospace industries, has moved into its brand new, purpose-built premises on Prologis Park.

The 43,000 sq ft industrial unit, which includes office space, an on-site gym, and canteen, is the first step in major expansion plans for the company – which hopes to increase its headcount from 55 to 150 over the next five years.

The new unit was built after the firm outgrew its former site on Little Heath Industrial Estate.