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More than just money

01/12/2006

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

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Pressing ahead

22/09/2006

Black country press shop. What’s the image that springs to mind? Well you probably don’t link it with leading edge pharmaceutical products, but that link has very definitively, and purposely, been made by Clamason ...

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Strategic, no longer tactical

28/07/2006

Make/buy decision, supply chain consolidation, global markets, OEM focus on core competencies, and recognition that the value chain doesn't stop at the factory door, mean that a purely tactical approach to ...

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Smart moves at Bowmill

23/06/2006

Bowmill precision had just four days to accomplish the removal, relocation, installation and commissioning of 24 machine tools and install four new Dugard Eagle vertical machining centres, while maintaining a ...

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Top quality standard

05/05/2006

If you are a manufacturer of aerospace parts and you employ unconventional processes such as EDM or impact finishing, expect the be touched by Nadcap soon - the increasingly common international aerospace quality ...

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Clean-sheet facility

05/05/2006

DCM Products has set up a new, lean facility in Coventry with new equipment and new employees to combat low-cost competitors. Managing director Nigel Stokes explains the thinking.

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Machine and people power

05/05/2006

Latest machine tools, yes, but don't forget the people. Manthorpe Engineering, Ripley, Derbyshire makes sure it attends to both. It's a winning formula.

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Distant shores

03/03/2006

There is an ever-growing contingent of enterprising sub-contractors in the UK establishing manufacturing facilities overseas. Machinery takes a closer look at who's moving offshore and why.

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Deep holes and more

01/07/2005

Premier Deep Hole Drilling, St Albans, is the UK’s largest independent deep hole boring/honing operation, claims managing director and owner Stuart Grant. But deep hole boring/honing is “a finite market”, he declares. A ...

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India: low-cost for how long?

01/04/2005

For many people, the India outsource image is one of call centres and software writing. A re-reading of Machinery’s recent news pages reveals more. India has ambitions in low-cost parts manufacture and, less like China ...

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Hemlock assembles for direct-to-line delivery

01/03/2005

Following the setting up of four lean assembly cells at its Stapleford, Nottingham sub-contract manufacturing facility, Hemlock Engineering will be producing 19 completed units a day for direct-to line assembly

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Rapid response wins OEM orders

01/03/2005

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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Special tooling beats off international competition

01/03/2005

The design and development of special purpose tooling for maintaining close tolerances on critical tooth profiles has enabled APT, Leicester to win a major contract to supply conduit connectors for a leading aerospace ...