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Moulding and gasket acquisitions

14 Apr 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Avon Group has acquired Edgewest Plastics (UK) Ltd  and Scandura Ltd.

Edgewest Plastics, based near Cheltenham, supply plastic-moulded components to some of the UK’s largest manufacturers of plumbing and bathroom products.

Scandura, based in Corby are the longest-established gasket manufacturer in the UK and have unrivalled expertise supplying specialist seals to industry.

The Group says that these are very important acquisitions that aim to consolidate its position as a major player in the UK industrial component manufacturing sector.

Robot bending expansion

14 Apr 2021 by Engineering Capacity

KMF Precision Sheet Metal has expanded its robotic, automatic bending capabilities with the addition of a new bending cell.

The latest addition is a Trubend Cell 7000 complete with Wireless ACB (Automatically Controlled Bend technology).

Terry Stanway, KMF Purchasing and Facilities Director said: “The combined offerings from the current technology will ensure that we can now investigate lights out production opportunities for larger volume demand, particularly for smaller components, where additional capacity is required.

3D printed alloy parts

14 Apr 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Wall Colmonoy’s Precision Components business can now offer affordable and fast metal 3D printing of small to medium parts in wear resistant alloys.

It has installed the UK’s first Desktop Metal Shop System site in Wales where it has a 23,500ft2  machining facility, 19,000ft2 casting foundry and 50 years of casting experience in wear-resistant alloys.

Graphite machining expansion

14 Apr 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Erodex UK, a specialist in the design and manufacture of graphite electrodes, tooling and fixtures, has invested £1.75million as part of an expansion of their machining facility.

The state of the art facility, based in Darlaston West Midlands, has been established for over 35 years, enabling Erodex to machine its extensive range of graphite grades into highly complex components for a diverse range of industries.

Steady recovery for subcontracting

14 Apr 2021 by Engineering Capacity

The UK market for subcontract manufacturing continued its recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic with a 25% increase on the previous quarter.

The latest Contract Manufacturing Index (CMI) stood at 84 for the first quarter of 2021 (Q1) compared to 67 for the final three months of last year. The quarter started well, with January and February far better than any month in the previous quarter, but fell back in March.

The baseline for the index is 100, which represents the average size of the subcontract manufacturing market between 2014 and 2018.

Heat treaters strengthen board

07 Apr 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Contract heat treatment specialist, Flame Hardeners has made two new appointments to its board of directors. Claire Casswell becomes Commercial Director, while Adrian Smethurst takes on the role of Works Director.

£100,000 press investment

07 Apr 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Source Engineering, a specialist in precision pressed parts and machined components has invested more than £100,000 in a new high-speed press line to boost capacity.

The line can do the work or four conventional mechanical presses.

Record titanium casting

07 Apr 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Castings Technology International (Cti) has cast its largest ever single component in pure titanium, and it is probably the largest titanium part poured into a ceramic mould.

With an envelope of 1000mm square by 600mm high and requiring over 1.2 tonnes (2,650lbs) of metal to be melted, the casting showcases several novel casting techniques developed in-house at Cti.

Fifth E-Brake for FiFab

07 Apr 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Precision sheet metal specialist Fife Fabrications has added a fifth SafanDarley electric press brake to create capacity for growth and increase its capabilities on larger panels.

The new SafanDarley E-Brake 130-3100 ULTRA represents a significant six figure investment for the company.

The first four E-Brake machines installed at Fife Fabrications in 2013 have been a great success story for the business, and this new technology will ensure that the folding capacity of its operations can further support its increasing customer base in 2021.

Reworking up 73%

07 Apr 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Quality management specialist G&P reworked 27,052,781 parts in 2020 to OEM standard, a 73% increase compared to the previous four-year average as manufacturers and suppliers deal with the profound impact of the global pandemic on working practices.

Indeed, the significant increase in reworked parts in 2020 is despite the total number of parts checked remaining almost level year-on-year over the same time period.

Metals analysis for manufacturers

31 Mar 2021 by Engineering Capacity

The new Hitachi High-Tech OE720 offers high-performance metals analysis to help foundries, fabricators and manufacturers meet ever more demanding specifications at an attractive price.

Business outlook positive

30 Mar 2021 by Engineering Capacity

A cross-section of subcontracting companies report that UK manufacturing is emerging from lockdown with exceptionally strong sales pipelines.

The positive outlook is leading many to accelerated investment plans and conversely, leading to increasing concerns about the robustness of supply chains and skills availability.

Subs support 30,000 jobs

30 Mar 2021 by Engineering Capacity

BAE Systems has revealed that the supply chain for the Dreadnought submarine programme supports almost 30,000 jobs and includes 1,500 UK companies.

Saving 75% in cabin parts

30 Mar 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Senior Aerospace BWT in Macclesfield has seen savings of up to 75% on aircraft interior parts by using 3D printing instead of traditional machining

The company is part of Senior plc, a global manufacturer of ultra-lightweight, low-pressure air distribution systems for aerospace. It has enhanced its capability in additive manufacturing by installing Stratasys 3D printers to spearhead the design, production and deployment of 3D-printed

Metal composites deal

30 Mar 2021 by Engineering Capacity

A new partnership will accelerate the development of metal composite technology to produce lightweight components for real world applications and increase energy efficiency.

Alvant, a specialist in the manufacture of aluminium matrix composites (AMC) materials, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding advanced materials technology company 3M to accelerate development of its capabilities and find real world applications.

Chip crunch for carmakers

30 Mar 2021 by Engineering Capacity

The dwindling supplies of the semiconductors relied upon by car manufacturers, the unprecedented weather in Texas and a recent factory fire in Japan for one of the world’s leading auto chip makers, has created a perfect storm for the future of connected car technology and in-car entertainment, according to software provider VNC Automotive.

Machining for fabricator

30 Mar 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Stonehouse-based fabricator de Havilland Enginering Group has expanded its CNC turning and machining capacity.

The company offers a comprehensive service for the supply of small to large metal fabrications and is split into several divisions, allowing it to manufacture its own products in addition to providing a variety of subcontract fabrication services.

Foundry training opportunities

30 Mar 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Courses provided by Foundry Training Services have proved so popular that it is now looking to recruit new team members.

The details are:

Foundry Training Coach

Location: Delivery will be mainly at the purpose built National Foundry Training Centre, Tipton Road, Tipton, West Midlands, DY4 7UW.  You will be required to travel nationwide on occasion so a car is essential.


Thinking inside the box

22 Mar 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Caunton Engineering has fabricated a 3m cubed ‘blast box’ for testing high explosives using a novel UK-developed modular construction system.

EDM for increased medical demand

20 Mar 2021 by Engineering Capacity

Crossen Engineering has installed a new spark erosion machine that is being used to produce mould and press tools for a range of medical projects.

The Sodick AD35L spark-erosion machine from Sodi-Tech EDM arrived in December last year.

Belfast-based Crossen Engineering is a full service provider, offering everything from component design and prototyping to complete injection moulding and presswork production. An upturn in medical work over the past 12 months created to need to install a new die-sink EDM.