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Selfridges robot 3D-prints items using recycled plastics

12 April, 2022

Visitors to Selfridges department store in London this month will be able to see an industrial robot 3D printing a variety of objects using recycled plastic recovered from the sea. A Nagami plastic extruder attached to an ABB IRB 6700 robot is creating printed furniture, homeware and other objects chosen by customers via a screen.


UK motor developer brings production back from China

11 April, 2022

The British electric motor developer Saietta is bringing production of its axial-flux motors back from China to the UK. The company has originally planned to establish a UK pilot production line by 2024, but is now taking over a motor manufacturing facility in Sunderland previously operated by ZF Automotive UK, which closed the factory last year. Saietta plans to take on many of ZF’s 110 former employees.


£20m manufacturing r&d centre aims to keep UK ahead

15 March, 2022

A £20m applied research and development facility intended to help the UK’s advanced manufacturing sector to stay at the forefront of global developments, has been inaugurated in Preston, Lancashire. The AMRC North West facility will have r&d expertise in areas such as digital manufacturing, 5G, robotics, additive manufacturing, autonomous manufacturing, batteries and low-carbon technologies.


Siemens teams up with UK firms to offer bespoke AGVs

25 February, 2022

Siemens has joined forces with two UK engineering companies, Parmley Graham and AR Controls, to produce bespoke AGVs (automated guided vehicles) for a variety of industries. The alliance hopes to tap into the rapidly expanding global AGV market, which is expected to almost double in size to $3.72bn by 2028.


UK cobot-maker raises $50m to target lab automation

23 February, 2022

The UK robot and laboratory automation developer Automata has raised $50m in Series B funding which it will use to drive the development of its Automata Labs technology for diagnostics, drug discovery and biotech applications. It says that this technology will allow life scientists to save time by scaling capacities, and to spend more time on analytical work – which will, in turn, lead to cost savings.


Spot the robot dog joins MTC delegation to the Drives Show

21 February, 2022

Visitors to next month’s Drives & Controls Show will be able to see Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot “dog” in action. The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) will be bringing one of the handful of Spots in the UK to the show and will have experts on hand to discuss the four-legged robot which has starred in many YouTube videos. The MTC is already employing Spot in a project that is investigating the potential of using the robots to inspect fruit growing in orchards for diseases and pests, as well as determining when the fruit is ripe.


Manufacturers want unused £2bn levy to go to apprentices

21 February, 2022

UK manufacturers have called on the Government to adopt a special approach to how the manufacturing sector can spend left-over apprenticeship levy funds, which are currently expiring and going to waste. Make UK, the manufacturers’ body, wants to spend the funds – which amounted to almost £2bn last year – to pay the wages of new apprentices. It says this would result in a significant boost to the number of young recruits entering the sector.


New UK group aims to lead sustainable manufacturing

10 February, 2022

The University of Birmingham and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) have launched a research group with the aim of decarbonising manufacturing. The venture will bring together r&d and product development lifecycle experts from both organisations, together with industrial partners, to establish a “world-leading” research group that will lead a sustainable manufacturing revolution.


UK imports from Asia have soared despite the Covid pandemic

07 February, 2022

The UK has become more reliant on imports from low-cost countries in Asia over the past four years, despite the supply chain disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, according a new analysis It reveals that manufactured goods imports from low-cost countries in Asia represented 61% of the UK manufacturing sector’s gross output in the third quarter of 2021 – compared to 43% in the first quarter of 2018.


Online booking opens for 2022 Drives & Controls Show

19 January, 2022

Online registration has now opened for visitors wanting to attend the Drives & Controls Show which will take place at Birmingham National Exhibition Centre from 5-7 April. The show is the UK’s leading trade show for the drives, power transmission and motion control sector.


£4.5m competition aims to lift electronics and drives skills

18 January, 2022

Innovate UK has announced a £4.5m competition aimed at developing skills, talent and training in the UK’s power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) sector. The competition, run by the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge – part of UK Research and Innovation – will invest up to £4.5m in projects designed to build talent for the future in this sector.


UK JV will develop propulsion systems for electric aircraft

17 January, 2022

A joint venture is being set up in the UK to develop and commercialise kW-MW scale electric propulsion systems – both conventional and superconducting – for both aerospace and non-aerospace applications. The venture, called Hydrogen Hybrid Electric Propulsion Systems (H2EPS), is being formed by the University of Nottingham (UoN) and the Electric Aviation Group (EAG), which is designing “the world’s first true-zero (zero carbon and NOx emissions) 90-seater hydrogen hybrid-electric regional aircraft” which, it hopes, will enter service by 2030.


DFA is chosen as media partner for National Manufacturing Summit

17 January, 2022

DFA Manufacturing Media, the publisher of Drives & Controls, Smart Futures, Plant and Works Engineering and Talking Industry, has been appointed an official media partner of the National Manufacturing Summit which takes place on 8 and 9 February at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry.


Skills and costs are now the biggest fears for UK manufacturers

10 January, 2022

More than half of UK manufacturers say that their biggest challenges have changed over the past 12 months. According to a new survey by Make UK and PwC, almost six in ten (58%) now see access to labour seen as being the biggest risk they face, with almost 90% being worried about losing skills not only from their own businesses, but from the entire UK manufacturing sector. Their second-biggest concern is now over inflationary pressures.


Invertek invests £10m to boost capacity and create 85 jobs

20 December, 2021

The Welsh drives-maker Invertek Drives is investing £10m to expand the manufacturing and distribution facilities at its global headquarters in Welshpool, and to develop a new application centre. The investment will create 85 new jobs over the coming year, adding to the 280 who already work at the site, and follows a recruitment drive over the past year to expand the company’s production and r&d departments.


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