Manufacturing / Engineering Industry

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High value manufacturing


The future for UK manufacturing is high value manufacturing - What is it? Who's promoting it and, importantly, how is it being nurtured and supported?

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Still making it in 2040


Manufacturing's high representation in EU exports is not set to diminish greatly in coming years and an updated EU policy framework is designed to support the sector.

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Working together


Andrew Manly, the Manufacturing Technologies Association director general, is in favour of positive engagement and working with others.

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Fighting for manufacturing


Stephen Panke, MTA president (pictured), has seen it all before; 19 years before, to be precise, for he was elected back in 1987 as the youngest-ever president of the then Machine Tool Trades Association (it then ...

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Reflections of India


Lakshmi Mittal has highlighted India’s relative global industrial position rather neatly. He points out that steel consumption per head of population was just 30 kg; China’s 200 kg (500 kg in coastal regions), Japan’s ...

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A message to you


Newly appointed GTMA president Dr Tony Steels calls for change throughout UK manufacturing, asking engineers to leverage their expertise in new business sectors and in new ways

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Oil and the laws of economics


Wouldn’t you know it, just as crude oil prices hit record highs, the UK turns into a net importer of the stuff, according to July trade figures. But while the high oil price is not a friend to manufacturing, the status ...

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Mix-and-match future


SEMTA is halfway through a review of employer requirements for training and its acting chief executive, Philip Whiteman, says it will herald a dramatic shift in the way training needs are addressed – greater flexibility ...

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Advice pays off


The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS – was launched in 10 regions in England and Wales between April and November of 2002. The service aims to arm industry with “latest know-how on raising ...

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Manufacturing makeover


Initially unique, this Rolls-Royce manufacturing facility is now a model – the Inchinnan, Scotland compressor blade facility which will replace the Hillington facility near Glasgow follows, with completion due early 2005

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£300 million science park for South West


The South West Regional Development Agency is investing an initial £30 million in the development of a science park which is ultimately expected to become a £300 million showpiece development. Acting as a major hub for ...

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Wind of opportunity blows both north and south


World leading wind turbine manufacturer NEG Micon Rotors is set to expand its operation at the Venture Quays site, East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The company has created 70 new jobs, but with future orders pending, ...

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Secret europhile


Machinery stumbled across a staunch pro-euro engineering company and wanted to know why it held that position. But so sensitive is the subject that our europhile wishes to remain anonymous lest customers take exception

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The manufacturing forecast


A visit to the home page of NTC Research shows that the three of the four main global manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Indexes – UK, US, Japan – have been above the 50 level since spring 2003.And the fourth – the ...

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EU mechanical engineering support talks move forward


The needs of Europe’s mechanical engineering industries are moving up the Brussels agenda, driven by a one year-in-the-making report. ‘Competitiveness Action Programme for EU Mechanical Engineering’, proposes the ...