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New chair appointed to lead Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service Board 22/05/2015

Sarah Jardine has been appointed as the new chair to lead Scottish Enterprise's Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) board.

Jobs secured with Royal Navy surveillance system contract win 22/05/2015

A new helicopter-borne surveillance system has been chosen to protect the Royal Navy's future Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, the MOD has announced.

WMG academy for young engineers in Solihull gets green light 22/05/2015

The Solihull Council's planning committee has approved plans for the new WMG Academy building this week. The new Academy, which will be built on the vacant site at the corner of Chelmsley Road and Conway Road, will eventually host 640 young engineers aged 14-19.

Three pioneers make 2015 MacRobert engineering award 21/05/2015

Three UK companies have been revealed as finalists for this year’s RAE (Royal Academy of Engineering) MacRobert award.

Semta calls for powerful skills policies to boost UK growth 21/05/2015

Skills organisation Semta has urged the government to help create an industrial revolution in schools and colleges, quality apprenticeships and industry-focused higher education, in a bid to avert a skills crisis.

Airbus UK president warns over potential UK exit from EU 21/05/2015

Airbus UK's president Paul Kahn (pictured) has warned that withdrawal from the European Union would have a serious impact on Airbus' future investment decisions in the UK.
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Collaborative action needed to plug the engineer skills gap 21/05/2015

If economic recovery is to continue in the UK, engineers and managers in the manufacturing sector must work with education professionals to close the skills gap and create a high-quality talent pool.

Manufacturing exports strengthening, says CBI 21/05/2015

The manufacturing sector expanded again in May, as export orders improved, according to the CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

EEF shows Lean Academy at National Manufacturing Debate 19/05/2015

EEF’s (the manufacturers’ organisation) new Lean Academy is among major exhibits at this week’s (19—20 May 2015) National Manufacturing Debate, running at Cranfield University.

Manufacturing exporters rise to exchange rate challenges 18/05/2015

British manufacturing firms are rising to the global challenge, reporting increased export orders and sales in Q1 2015, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and DHL Express International Trade Outlook.

APC announces £60 million funding for low carbon technologies 18/05/2015

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has opened its latest grant funding competition, with up to £60 million available to develop innovative low carbon propulsion technologies.

Black Country manufacturer unveils £1m forge 18/05/2015

Kimber Drop Forgings has invested more than £1 million on a forge to help it boost sales in automotive, petrochemical and rail.

Big fine after teenage trainee engineer dies 14/05/2015

Grundfos Pumps of Leighton Buzzard, Bedford, was fined £300,000 with total costs of £115,000 guilty to safety failings after a trainee design engineer lost his life.

Steel firm fined over death at foundry 14/05/2015

A steel foundry has been fined £150,000 and ordered to pay £24,000 in costs after a South Yorkshire worker was killed when he was struck in the face by a shard from an abrasive disc that exploded from a hand-held grinding machine.

Manufacturing output slows in first quarter 13/05/2015

Total production output is estimated to have increased by 0.1% between Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2014 and Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2015. Manufacturing, the largest component of production, is also estimated to have increased by 0.1% between these periods.

Manufacturing 'failing to produce quality leaders' 13/05/2015

A global study of leadership has revealed that the manufacturing sector lags behind all other industries when it comes to leadership quality.

Former minister to chair Parliamentary inquiry into industrial sustainability 13/05/2015

A call for evidence has been issued by a new Parliamentary inquiry examining how the UK industrial sector can transition towards a more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable system.

Cameron 'must build on the UK's strength as manufacturing nation' 11/05/2015

The newly elected Conservative government has a real opportunity to ensure a strong focus on building on our strength as a manufacturing nation and rebalance the economy, according to manufacturing leaders.

Sajid Javid appointed business secretary 11/05/2015

Ex-banker and former culture secretary Sajid Javid has been appointed business secretary in the new Conservative government, replacing Vince Cable.

Food company fined £170,000 after worker electrocuted 11/05/2015

A fresh produce manufacturing company has been fined £170,000 after a worker was killed after coming into contact with a live 240V electrical cable

JLR recognises global suppliers 08/05/2015

Jaguar Land Rover has recognised its top 10 direct production suppliers at the company's inaugural Supplier Excellence Awards. Companies from Corby to Cairo were presented with trophies by actress Joanna Lumley at a ceremony held in the West Midlands, the heart of the company's UK operations.

UK growth resilient, but manufacturers under pressure, says CBI 08/05/2015

The CBI's latest Growth Indicator shows growth in the three months to April is holding up at around the average pace since mid-2014.

IET calls for apprentice award entries 07/05/2015

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has opened its call for entries to find the most gifted apprentices and technicians.

Manufacturers 'lack skills to pay the bills' 07/05/2015

Business people working in manufacturing are baffled by utility statements, according to a survey from energy and water consultancy Utilitywise.

UK's aerospace sector gets a lift 06/05/2015

The value of commercial aircraft deliveries has hit a record of almost £5 billion in the first quarter of the year, up from £4bn a year ago.

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