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Traditional strength


Cold forming is a ‘traditional’ UK industry, one that has been under prolonged attack for years. But one company is succeeding, expanding and building a new factory.

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Alive and kicking


One year on from the demise of MG Rover, West Midlands automotive supply chain initiative Accelerate says it is far from the disaster predicted at the time.

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Dream come true


JCB founder Joseph Bamford always wanted to build an engine for his contruction machinery. His son, Sir Anthony Bamford, has today realised the dream in an £80 million investment

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What does 'clean' mean?


A new standard originating in the German automotive industry sets out just how clean ‘clean’ is. For those supplying onto the automotive industry, it will become increasingly common.

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Less coolant can be more


The UK lags North America and Germany in MQL – minimum quantity lubrication. But this could change if plans to introduce a new transmission line at Halewood on Merseyside go ahead

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Rapid response wins OEM orders


When Ian Northcott and Tim Bayliss set up Coventry-based Turned Parts Warehouse on the back of a long-term Nissan contract for 400,000 turned body parts per year, they didn’t know that rush jobs for volume car builders ...

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The Oxfordshire job


The BMW Group is investing over £100 million in its Oxford plant between now and 2007, with most of the investment destined for a new body shell production building and further modernisation of the paint shop to ...

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Metamorphosis in Knowsley


A new automotive parts try-out manufacturing cell is taking shape at Cross Hueller, Knowsley, Merseyside. The set-up includes two Huelle Hille horizontal machining centres – an nbh 135 and an nbh 170, an Agiwash (Royal ...

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Flexible global strategy


In May this year, Ford celebrated the launch of a new production line at its Bridgend, Wales site. It supports the production of the new 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine initially targeted for the all-new Land Rover Discovery ...

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Firm’s 5-star, 5-axis fortunes


When Kencom Engineering took delivery of the first Variaxis 500 5-axis machining centre from Yamazaki Mazak UK’s Worcester headquarters, it still had reservations about the apparent complexity of 5-axis control. Two ...

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A tale of two industries


The aerospace industry in the UK is under severe pressure from the so-called low-cost economies. And a brief read of Rolls-Royce results for 2003 confirm it. The company is focusing on its core products and is driving ...

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Ford’s flexible engine line moves into gear


As of 5 May, the Ford Motor Company’s Bridgend engine plant became one of the top five biggest engine producers in Europe with the introduction of a new line to make a range of engines for Ford’s Premier Automotive Group

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Steeled for action


Accelerate, the automotive supply chain initiative for the West Midlands, is calling for the region’s suppliers to work together to combat the escalating cost of steel

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South Africa targets international auto parts market


South Africa has stepped up its internationally competitive auto parts making infrastructure with the establishment of an Automotive Supplier Park (ASP). Located on a 100-hectare site within South Africa’s economic hub ...