Category: Manufacturing

Megger and IPS Group announce strategic partnership

Megger Group and IPS Group have announced that they have reached a definitive agreement to work together as strategic partners, combining both their experience and product lines to create new value for the electrical supply industry. The agreement includes Megger taking an equity stake in IPS.IPS is one of the leading providers of Enterprise Asset…

Full Mini MOKE production to return to the UK

The revived Mini MOKE recreational vehicle will be built entirely in the UK following a new agreement with manufacturing firm Fablink.Popularised by the likes of The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Brigitte Bardot, the MOKE was a sixties icon. The original Mini-based beach buggies were made at British Motor Corporation’s (BMC) Longbridge plant in Birmingham…

Unlock the potential of your manufacturing supply chain data

A supply chain is a network that starts with raw materials and generally ends with the customer. Streamlining all the supply chain data created by those integrated elements means managing multiple complex factors all at once, in real time: optimizing inventory, streamlining transportation, and delivering just in time… every time. Just like other areas of…

UK synthetic fuel manufacturer secures £200k funding from Damon Hill syndicate

A UK-based synthetic fuel manufacturer has secured funding from an investor syndicate of which Formula One (F1) icon and broadcaster Damon Hill is a member.Zero Petroleum, a British technology company that produces net zero synthetic fuel by recycling carbon dioxide and water, raised the £200,000 in an oversubscribed seed financing round from investor syndicate Raising…

The rise of the machines: how robotics and automation are creating jobs in manufacturing

SME manufacturers adopting robotics and automation, with the support of Made Smarter, are creating hundreds of new and upskilled jobs.Since 2019 the North West Adoption Programme, a collaboration between UK government and industry designed to support the increased use of digital technologies, has supported 41 businesses with 45 technology projects focused on robotics and automation…

The key skills needed for engineering roles

A knack for creativity and design, coupled with specialist skills in automation, robotics and mechatronics are now the suite of skills ranked highest to fulfil new and emerging manufacturing engineering roles, according to a report from the IET and IMech.The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) have championed…

Rolls-Royce’s all-electric aircraft completes maiden flight in UK

Rolls-Royce’s first all-electric aircraft has completed its maiden flight in the skies above the UK ahead of a world record attempt later this year.The ‘Spirit of Innovation’ soared for around 15 minutes, having taken off from the MOD’s Boscombe Down airfield in Wiltshire on Wednesday. With its powerful 400kW (500+hp) electric powertrain and the most…

A composites innovation project is flying high

An ambitious £20m project to develop next-generation propeller blades is underway thanks to a number of organisations coming together in collaboration. Simon Edmonds profiles this exciting composites project, along with a round-up of funding opportunities for manufacturers.Engineers from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult have supported private sector partner Dowty Propellers with an ambitious £20m project…

Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit – a sneak peak at this year’s biggest manufacturing event

The Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit 2021 will take place in Liverpool on 10-11 November, where key figures from the sector will get together to discuss the issues and pressures facing the whole industry.The past year’s exceptional operational challenges have put manufacturers to the test. Some successfully maintained operations, while others struggled with supply shortages, worker safety,…

Drax calls for UK supply chain to deliver climate saving negative emissions technology

Renewable energy giant Drax has called for businesses of all sizes to join the UK’s first BECCS supplier engagement programme. The new programme of nationwide events will encourage British businesses to work with the renewable energy pioneer to deliver its multi-billion-pound climate-saving negative emissions technology – bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).The company will…

MTC & The Manufacturer join forces at Digital Manufacturing Week

The Manufacturer is delighted to announce that The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) are moving the date of their Digitalising Manufacturing Conference to be part of Digital Manufacturing Week. The Digitalising Manufacturing Conference has previously been run in October, but this year, in partnership with The Manufacturer, the event will be held virtually on 9th November, and…

JCB heir Jo Bamford launches hydrogen investment fund

Jo Bamford, son of JCB chairman Lord Bamford and heir to the multibillion-pound construction equipment firm fortune, has launched a £1bn investment fund to finance green hydrogen projects. The fund will be injected into UK businesses to help them drive hydrogen production and supply, create jobs and support the Government’s Net Zero ambitions. Wrightbus owner…

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