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Business forum in Bilbao

28 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

The Subcontratación international subcontracting trade event will take place at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre from 1 to 3 June 2021.

This important business forum is an event not to be missed by subcontractor SMEs looking to find new contacts, improve and extend their business model, and keep on evolving. The event, which will be in its 20th year, has become the only trade show in Spain for manufacturing processes and equipment that is designed for subcontractor SMEs. It is also a benchmark platform within the advanced manufacturing framework.

What support do you need?

27 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

SME manufacturers are invited to pinpoint the support required for economic recovery in England’s biggest survey.

The organisers behind England’s largest SME manufacturing survey are urging companies to take part in their latest report, which will aim to pinpoint the exact type of financial support firms need to recover from Covid-19.

Swapping diesel for hydrogen

27 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Permali has won UK Government funding to develop a lightweight composite solution that will allow existing diesel-powered buses to be retrofitted with zero-emission hydrogen powertrains.

The objective is to rapidly develop an affordable green technology alternative that can accelerate the ability for the UK to meet its net zero emissions target.

Automechanika Birmingham postponed until June 2022

27 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Messe Frankfurth has announced that the automotive aftermarket and supply chain event Automechanika Birmingham has been postponed to 7-9 June 2022.

The announcement comes following the postponement of Automechanika Frankfurt to September 2021, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The UK event decision has not been taken lightly say the organisers who have taken several months to discuss this with exhibitors and the NEC to deliver the best solution for the market.  

Sticking with apprenticeships

27 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Custom sheet metal and machining specialist KMF has kept up its investment in apprentices for the tenth year running

KMF Group invests in young people every year and despite COVID-19  has taken on a further five apprentices this year.

Over the past 10 years over 100 people have come through KMF’s programme including 12 adult apprentices. This year  Shay Johnston, Aiden Sneyd, Oscar Evans, Kelly Palin, and Kyle Marshall have joined the award-winning precision engineering business.

Shielding cuts rework

27 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

MetLase has engineered and manufactured a customised gas shield that will cut welding rework at a major aerospace engine manufacturer.

The Sheffield-based company took just two months from the customer’s initial enquiry to design and manufacture the shield for controlling argon delivery within shielded welding. This prevents oxygen or water vapour affecting the quality of the weld.

High volume advanced composites

27 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

TRB Lightweight Structures has created a new production process that is being used to produce high volumes of continuous fibre thermoset composite components.

The process is already being used  to supply a global Tier 1 powertrain manufacturer with critical battery components destined for electric buses.

Aerospace tooling orders

21 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Tooling specialist Cube Precision Engineering has won major orders from prime and tier one aerospace companies.

Cube, which can handle single op prototype tooling to complex multi-stage tooling suites, has picked up more than £675,000 of order over the last two months despite the industry suffering from the effects of the pandemic.

The firm’s ability to deliver quality products on time was instrumental in securing the work and its engineers are now offering additional support in improving the process and manufacturing methodology.

£1m electrification project

21 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Brandauer is pressing the button on a £1m project that will see it develop a new process to support the UK’s acceleration into electrification.

The Birmingham-based stamping specialist, which already produces components for use in more than half of the world’s cars, has secured over £300,000 of funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund run by UK Research and Innovation to help it set-up a high volume e-machine stack line to produce thin laminates required by the automotive and aerospace sector.

NHS fabrication donation

21 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Tadweld has manufactured and donated aluminium staging to York Teaching Hospital that will be used in a Renal Clinic Outpatients Unit.

The donation comes shortly after the Tadcaster-based engineering firm announced a change in ownership with Richard Byfield, Iain Leedham, Kevin Wheelock and Paul Rose acquiring the company.

Under its new ownership, Tadweld is developing a comprehensive corporate social responsibility programme, with this announcement marking the first of many contributions to the local community.

Strategy and growth rewarded

21 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Electronics design and manufacture specialist Jaltek systems has picked up a Make UK Business Growth and Strategy regional award.

Luton-based Jaltek won the award in the regional heats of Make Uk’s national manufacturing awards programme.

The awards, which recognise excellence among manufacturing companies in seven categories, as well as five Apprentice categories, were held virtually at an online ceremony for the Midlands and East of England.

Additive innovation in die-casting

21 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Welshpool based foundry Castalum is using metal additive manufacturing technology to produced advanced die-casting moulds.

CastAlum is an aluminium foundry using high pressure die casting and squeeze casting to supply a range of engineered components for the automotive sector, with 90% of all production being for export. 

Their AIM is true

21 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Production control software has played a crucial role in the success of a subcontracting business over the past 21 years by managing requirements for its aerospace customers.

Bigger mould-making capacity

12 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

A new bridge-type machining centre at Moorland Toolmaking in Batley, West Yorkshire allows it to make larger and more accurate moulds and subcontract machined parts.

Installed in March this year, the Hurco BX50i double-column, bridge-type machining centre as a 1,350 x 950 x 600 mm envelope for producing big tools weighing up to 2.5 tonnes.

Keep pushing innovation

12 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Technology’s grip on modern-day life has tightened over the last decade, especially in the world of manufacturing. Innovation, efficiency, safety and hygiene have been the order of the day for quite some time, with the latter gaining more spotlight due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More demand from Aston Martin

12 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

A fourth five-axis laser cutting cell is helping Coventry-based Park Sheet Metal meet increased demand from Aston Martin and LEVC.

The company was the first in the UK to invest in the newest version of Trumpf’s TruLaser Cell 7040 five-axis laser cutting machine. Adding to a fleet of existing, previous-generation TruLaser Cell 7040 machines, the latest version brings a number of advantages to this specialist in low-volume automotive metal parts and assemblies, including greater energy efficiency.

Tax relief goes begging

12 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

The total value of claims for tax relief under the UK’s Patent Box regime has increased, but only slightly, according to latest data sets released by HMRC. Whilst this is a positive indicator of investment in innovation, the number of companies making claims is still far lower than it should be, according to European intellectual property firm, Withers & Rogers.

NHS and defence success

12 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Business wins in the defence and medical sectors have seen advanced composite specialist Permali report strong 2019/2020 year-end results in a difficult market.

The company supplies the NHS, F1 and motor sport teams and the defence, medical and aerospace sectors.

The last wear saw double-digit revenue and profit growth, a raft of new strategic capital investments and recruitment drive at a time when sector rivals are retrenching.

Key financial highlights include revenue up 13.5% to £13m and profit up to £1.2m.

Faster precise parts

12 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Williams Aerospace Engineering has cut turnaround times after investing in a new CNC vision system that has increased measurement efficiency by 96%.

The Baty Venture XT CNC Vision System is used to measure critical precision machined components manufactured at its facility in Northam, Southampton.

Low carbon innovator

12 Oct 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Samuel Taylor Limited (STL) has been selected alongside three other leading low carbon technology innovators to participate in the UK pavilion at The Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo at the Messe Stuttgart, Germany in May 2021.

The pavilion is managed by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), in partnership with Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department for International Trade, SMMT and Innovate UK.