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Special tooling beats off international competition


The design and development of special purpose tooling for maintaining close tolerances on critical tooth profiles has enabled APT, Leicester to win a major contract to supply conduit connectors for a leading aerospace ...

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New high-tech centre for composites opened


The first phase of a new £12 million high-tech research centre that will lead the way for greater use of 'composite materials' was opened by Industry Minister Jacqui Smith last month. the new composite structures ...

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Flagship factory fires up


The manufacturing cost of compressor blades at Rolls-Royce’s flagship plant at Inchinnan, Scotland, will be half what it was 10 years ago, in real terms.

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Water cuts composite


Since 1974, Flow has delivered more than 5,000 waterjet and abrasive waterjet systems to customers in more than 45 countries, making the company the world leader in the development and manufacture of ultra high-pressure ...

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The brains behind lean


Lean is the watchword of the moment for just about every manufacturing company. And for the sake of the UK’s greater manufacturing good, it is crucial that the country’s aerospace sector remains competitive – ...

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Singapore sojourn


Rolls-Royce has established a Singapore Advanced Technology Centre, its first such Centre in Asia and the first so-called ‘one-stop’ Centre, working in more than one technology field

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Ronaldsway investment rules


Substantial investment in latest CNC technology of the day had been made at Ronaldsway in the early 1990s, but since then the introduction of new machinery had been minimal. The company’s latest £1.5 million investment ...

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Metalcutting ‘omelette’


Dedicated to pushing the boundaries of all aspects of machining difficult and exotic materials used in aerospace, airframe structures, turbine, power generation, medical, F1 and certain areas of the automotive sector, ...

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Innovation Centre go-ahead


The North West Aerospace Alliance has won its bid to develop and operate the UK’s £20 million Aerospace Innovation Centre. Saving the UK’s aerospace industry is its aim

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Technology support service


Centred in the Swiss town of Rorschacheberg is a level of international machine tool expertise few companies in the world can lay claim to. Built up from over a century of machine tool engineering, StarragHeckert, ...

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Flying high at Farnborough


Contract manufacturers and machine tool suppliers at the Farnborough International Airshow –19-25 July – have high hopes of success, although not an immediate return

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Aerospace race


A new report on the future of the UK aerospace supply chain says we’re increasingly losing out to low-cost countries in the race to supply machined components