Manufacturing / Engineering Industry

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Is the tide turning for reshoring?

27/07/2020

’Reshoring’ is a much-mentioned word in the manufacturing industry, especially amongst engineering component suppliers that took part in Ventilator Challenge UK. Andrew Allcock takes a look at the history of such talk ...

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Four manic weeks

01/06/2020

At the beginning of March, life in the UK was still close to normal, albeit with heightened awareness of Covid-19’s threat and approach, plus a focus on hand-washing. But from Monday, 16 through into mid-April as peak ...

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Working safely at Heller Machine Tools

29/04/2020

​Heller Machine Tools in Redditch is the British subsidiary of Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH. Both deliver their products globally. Andrew Allcock caught up with Matthias Meyer, managing director of the UK ...

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MACH 2020 preparations

18/02/2019

MACH2020 (www.machexhibition.com) will take place from 20-24 April, 2020 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. It will be the second show since the move to new halls, with the event last year attracting 25,000+ ...

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Bridging the competency gap

04/02/2019

​Steed Webzell recently visited the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills for metalforming & foundry skills. He explains what sets this newly-created training provision apart from so many others (first published in ...

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This month 25 years ago - January 1994

01/02/2019

Machine tool industry slowdown and remedies; chlorinated paraffin concerns; coolant recycling; high speed spindles; B Elliott companies bought out; largest press brake built in the UK; are transfer lines at end of the ...

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Mind the (skills) gap

05/12/2017

Engineering Technology Group (ETG) has unveiled at Norton Motorcycles the first of 15 Technical Academies across the UK. Steed Webzell went along to see the initiative officially unveiled

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Engine component machining investment at JCB

09/11/2017

JCB started assembling a range of own-design diesel engines to power its vehicles in 2004. Volumes have since ramped up and now the company has, following a £10 million investment, brought in house related machining ...

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A strategy for all

18/04/2017

In March, Andrew Allcock attended a meeting in London: ‘Priorities for shaping the UK’s Industrial Strategy’. Having a manufacturing theme, he picks out some so far less well-aired points

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Vision of steel

13/04/2017

Driven by a new vision of integrated British steelmaking, commodities trader Sanjeev Gupta has, in the last few years, built an industrial conglomerate that aims to underpin British manufacturing post-Brexit, starting ...