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Going global in Leeds

15/11/2007

The pursuit by Texas, US-based Lone Star Fasteners to expand its operations has most recently resulted in the opening of the new Lone Star factory in Leeds, this following UK-based acquisition/merger activity.

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Investing in a future

24/10/2007

Milltech Precision Engineering has come a long way in a short space of time. Founded in 1993 by Geoff Plummer, the company was subject to a management buy-out in 2004,a move that has served to catapult the company to ...

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Secure trade

15/10/2007

A new, voluntary trading scheme designed to improve security in the transport of goods will affect manufacturers in international supply chains, whether they do or do not export or import directly.

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Control or inspect

15/10/2007

Manufacturers are fully familiar with the alternatives of establishing and then regularly monitoring a capable process to assure output quality, or of inspecting products after the event to capture failures. Well, the ...

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New dawn at Carlton Laser

14/08/2007

Having doubled floors pace to 34,000 ft2, Carlton Laser Services has populated its additional area with shrewd investments, making it one of the most progressive UK sub-contract fabricators.

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No standing still

20/06/2007

When precision sub-contract machinist Unicut Precision based in Welwyn Garden City acquired the loss-making sub-contract turning company A J Clarke (Automatic Machinists) of Bourne End, Buckinghamshire in December 2005, ...

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Tooled up for multi-tasking

12/06/2007

Multi-tasking machine tools require complementary tooling systems. Sub-contractor Oxford Engineering has implemented such a system and has witnessed benefits.

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Millennium woman

08/06/2007

A recently set-up Black Country presswork company is thriving, having spotted a business niche; it is headed up by 25-year-old Anna Stevenson.

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Worthy of note

06/06/2007

There's still room in the UK for 'traditional' industries such as pressworking and coldforming. But success is more about strategy and vision than investing in latest technology, it seems.

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First 6 kW laser lands in UK

15/05/2007

Just five years ago, a 3 kW laser profiling centre was considered powerful. Making rapid evolutionary progress, 4 and 5 kW variants set new benchmarks. However, the installation in November 2006 of a 6 kW Bystronic ...

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Virtual gets real

11/05/2007

The UK’s first installation of Amada’s Virtual Prototype Simulation System (VPSS) has been made. Taking automation to new heights. Around 30 VPSS suites are functioning in Japan, but the first system outside Japan has ...

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5-axis software secrets

04/05/2007

High quality, often automated 5-axis machines, yes, but know-how captured in its own CAM software is where Turbocam has its differentiator.

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Investment pays off for go-ahead sub-contractor

16/04/2007

Di-Spark Group's managing director David Light has changed his company out of all recognition over recent years. Investment in leading edge technology together with customer focus have been pivotal. But it wasn't all ...

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Black gold rush

30/01/2007

China and India are driving global demand for oil as they grow their economies and compete with the UK's manufacturing sector into the bargain. But this country's oil equipment manufacturing sector is a beneficiary, as ...

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Capacity in Cornwall

13/12/2006

Rather than resign itself to the fate that has befallen many manufacturing firms in Cornwall, WES and a group of other small engineering companies, is fighting back.