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Many UK firms are unaware of Government support schemes

19 November, 2013

A survey to assess levels of awareness of Government schemes that support manufacturing in the UK has revealed that half of the 446 organisations surveyed were unaware of 13 of the 18 available schemes, and 78%n were unaware of nine or more of the schemes.

MAC Solutions buys ProcessVue developer, Asgard Technologies

14 November, 2013

Redditch-based MAC Solutions has acquired Asgard Technologies, the developer of the ProcessVue suite of alarm management and printer replacement software. As part of the agreement, MAC Solutions is investing in a new software development centre in Chesterfield that will develop ProcessVue and other KPI reporting products for the automation and process management markets.

£36m training centre aims to help plug the skills gap

12 November, 2013

Plans have been announced to build a £36m elite training centre at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, with the aim of tackling some of the skills shortages facing the UK manufacturing sector. The cost will be split between industry and the government.

UK SME domestic orders grow at their fastest since 1995

11 November, 2013

Optimism about the business environment among Britain’s small and medium-sized (SME) manufacturers has risen at the fastest pace since records began in 1988, on the back of improving demand and output, according to the latest SME Trends Survey released by the UK business organisation, the CBI.

Apprentices will run ‘junior factory’ within a drives plant

08 November, 2013

Siemens has opened a small “factory within a factory” at its drives production plant at Congleton in the UK, that will be run by commercial and technical apprentices aged 16 to 21.

£20m Cosworth plant will use ‘unique’ manufacturing system

08 November, 2013

The automotive engineering and manufacturing group, Cosworth, has announced plans to open a factory based on a state-of-the-art flexible manufacturing system (FMS) that, it says, will be unique in the UK and will manufacture components for some of the world’s most advanced engines. Its customers will include global brands in the automotive industry.

Autodesk buys Delcam in a deal valuing it at £172m

07 November, 2013

Autodesk, the US-based developer of AutoCad, is buying Delcam, the British supplier of manufacturing software, in a deal that values the UK business at £172.5m. The transaction will be structured as a cash offer for all of Delcam's shares and is expected to close in Autodesk’s first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Government pledges £49m to help tackle the skills shortage

05 November, 2013

The British government has pledged nearly £49m of funding to develop engineering skills in the UK in response to a major report that highlights the skills shortages faced by the UK and recommends ways to tackle them.

‘Manufacturing must continue to play a key role in UK economy’

04 November, 2013

If manufacturing does not continue to play a powerful role in the UK economy, the country risks being left behind its international competitors, a new Government report has warned.

Eaton invests £3.8m in Worksop switch plant

01 November, 2013

Eaton has invested more than £3.8m in its Worksop site in the UK where it manufactures rotary cam switches and switch disconnectors. The investment has increased the plant’s capacity to meet the growing global demand for the company’s switches.

Swappage scheme offers £4,000 off a new robot

30 October, 2013

ABB has launched a scheme that will allow UK manufacturers to trade in old robots and get a discount of up to £4,000 off the cost of a new robot. The scheme, which is part of ABB’s drive to encourage the take-up of robotic automation in UK manufacturing, is open to end-users from any industry.

UK manufacturers’ optimism hits a three-year high

24 October, 2013

Optimism among UK manufacturers has risen at the fastest rate since April 2010 as orders and output continued to grow steadily in the three months to October, according to the latest quarterly Industrial Trends Survey from the CBI (Conferderation of British Industry).

EEF’s HR consultancy aims to help companies to grow

23 October, 2013

EEF, the UK manufacturers’ organisation, is launching an HR (human resources) consultancy to help manufacturers to adapt their businesses from survival mode to take advantage of the recovery.

Transmission distributor demerges from Indian partner

22 October, 2013

The original owners of the power transmission distributor, Distag, which joined forces with the Indian manufacturer Pix Transmission in 1999 to form Pix Europe, have bought back their share of the business and set up a new company to distribute Pix products in the UK and Ireland. Pix will continue to sell its products in mainland Europe through PIX Transmissions Europe.

Most UK manufacturers want to stay in the EU

14 October, 2013

An overwhelming majority (85%) of British manufacturers believe that that the UK must remain part of the European Union, according to a survey of members of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. The manufacturers say that EU membership is critical to exports, and that the economic benefits far outweigh concerns about regulation or the repatriation of powers.

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