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More than technology

11/07/2019

It is a widely held tenet that to succeed companies must principally have access to the very latest manufacturing technology, which often these days is complemented by its supplier’s process knowledge. The big welcome ...

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Staying relevant

08/07/2019

Castle Precision Engineering won an £80 million Rolls-Royce order last year, its largest ever contract. But the company had to travel a hard road to before that, learning a critical lesson along the way – that it was ...

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Not business as usual

13/02/2019

An Italy-based metal and plastic parts subcontractor is forging a new path in a traditional industry by being online-led, fronted by instant quote software and delivering parts globally in a matter of days. Andrew ...

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Aerospace supply chain profile: the intermediaries

27/03/2017

Aerospace companies often work with intermediary purchasers and parts stockists that are tasked with the delivery of a variety of items, often in kits. Andrew Allcock spoke to FSL Aerospace, which is looking to grow and ...

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Building on strength

05/01/2017

Andrew Allcock visited an established engineering subcontractor in the South of England to learn how it is expanding by building on existing strengths, adopting a strategy of diversification that involves key ...

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Get on the map - growing UK-sourced work

11/11/2016

The GTMA-driven Reshoring UK initiative saw a recent auto industry-focused networking event bring together speakers that outlined various facets of the reshoring picture. Andrew Allcock was there

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Surprise discovery: profile of MNB Precision

09/09/2016

Andrew Allcock visited Coventry-based subcontractor MNB Precision and was positively bowled over by this small, third-generation-managed family-owned company’s sophisticated business management approach that is seeing ...

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EDM case file: height advantage

31/08/2016

Bedfordshire subcontractor Anotronic was looking for increased workpiece height when it replaced two older Sodick machines with one Sodick AG600LH Premium machine from Sodi-Tech EDM (024 7651 1677).

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Changing everything

11/07/2016

In 10 years, honing expert Delapena has actually travelled many decades to arrive at the success it is today, in terms of its current machine tool technology, in-house working practices and service offerings. Andrew ...

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Case file: Overnight express

11/07/2016

A subcontractor has standardised on WNT tools, benefitting from the tooling supplier’s application expertise, while also adopting particular operating procedures to underpin secure unmanned overnight rough milling.