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On the road to recovery


The automotive sector was among the first to emerge from recession, which in turn has prompted renewed investment in manufacturing technology. Steed Webzell reports

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Partnership positives


Andrew Allcock was one of 100 journalists flown to Japan by Mori Seiki to see its JIMTOF exhibition highlights and to hear the latest about the company's tie-up with Germany's Gildemeister AG

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Automotive sector turns corner


New figures substantiate claims that the automotive industry is returning to prosperity, following a gloomy period for car-making. Machinery assesses whether capital investment will follow suit

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Driving forward


Following three months of consecutive growth in terms of sales, the automotive industry is, at last, revving up. Steed Webzell reveals how companies are improving their operations

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Immediate response


Paul Crux, founder of sub-contractor P&C Precision Engineering, is ramping up his investment strategy in anticipation of the upturn. Steed Webzell called by to find out how and why

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Investing in the future


With the US Federal Reserve predicting global economic recovery in 2010, automotive manufacturers continuing with investment plans will be best placed to enjoy the bounce

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Globally competitive in the UK


What did it take to reverse entrenched outsourcing at a the UK site of a global manufacturing company? Modern technology, yes, but not only that

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Decision time


Mollart Engineering set up its Welsh facility in 1998 to service next-door-neighbour TRW with volume components. It didn’t work out like that, as Machinery reports.

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Technology meets history


Latest tube laser cutting machinery is helping to keep the costs of producing a UK motoring icon down and quality up.

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Global sourcing


MCT Mitchell Cotts, a specialist in the remanufacture of engines and gearboxes for automotive OEMs, uses online sourcing tools from to find suppliers globally for obsolete components and for the hundreds of ...

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Helping change along


Managed by Birmingham Chamber and funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Accelerate was set up some 10 years ago to help West Midlands automotive suppliers compete effectively in the world’s most demanding ...

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Showing continued initiative


I’ve been at Accelerate ( now for over 10 years and during that time I’ve witnessed everything the automotive industry can throw at you, including major factory closures, exciting new model ...

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Out-smarting competition


While some are still mourning the closure of the MG Rover plant at Longbridge and the Peugeot facility at Ryton, suppliers to automotive customers have had to dust themselves down and find new business.

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Automotive adventure


M J Allen Group of Companies, Ashford, Kent is a real surprise find in a fast growing town where new houses and retail parks, along with the Eurostar passenger terminal, are increasingly the most prominent features. It ...

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Driving investment


While the aerospace sector gets much of the limelight these days, the UK's car industry remains strong, in terms of vehicles assembled. And there's still plenty of metalcuttin,g too.

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More than just money


Barton Cold-Form’s managing director reflects on the West Midlands Accelerate initiative. It’s not just about the money, he says.