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ISO 45001 occupational health and safety management standard 01/04/2015

BSI, the UK’s national standards body, is inviting comment on the second draft of the new international standard on occupational health and safety management – ISO 45001 – which is due for publication in October 2016.

Unilever takes Brammer production efficiency award 30/03/2015

Fast moving consumer goods giant Unilever won the production efficiency award at the Manufacturing Forum and Awards, hosted by MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) specialist Brammer along with Buck & Hickman, the UK maintenance and health and safety products distributor.

JLR invests £600m in West Midlands sites 27/03/2015

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed a £600 million investment in three sites in the West Midlands – Castle Bromwich Advanced Manufacturing Plant, Whitley Advanced Design and Development Centre and the National Automotive Innovation Centre.

Cheshire ice cream firm in court after employee loses finger 27/03/2015

An ice cream manufacturer has been fined £7,500 and ordered to pay £11,287.22 in prosecution costs for safety failings after an employee's finger was cut off by a fruit feeder machine.

Manufacturer in court after worker's arm pulled into machinery 27/03/2015

A manufacturing firm has been fined £4,000 for serious safety failings after a worker was injured when his arm was caught between a conveyor belt and roller in a Glasgow factory.

Geely invests £250m in new London taxi cab facility 26/03/2015

A £250 million investment will see Geely build a new research, development and assembly facility in Coventry for the London Taxi Company, creating up to 1,000 new jobs.

Manufacturers call on new Government to tackle 10 priorities 26/03/2015

Britain's manufacturers have published a top 10 priority list for the first year of an incoming government, with a scorecard of measures against which efforts to boost growth will be judged.

Casting industry research wins funding 26/03/2015

A £15 million government award to Brunel University London is set to unlock a further £62m of private sector support to span the 'valley of death' that currently prevents lab-based innovations becoming casting industry practice.

GROW receives £1m extension to maximise offshore wind opportunities 26/03/2015

The GROW:OffshoreWind programme has been granted a six-month extension to help more manufacturers take advantage of investment in supply chain infrastructure.

Atlas Copco celebrates 50 years in Ireland 26/03/2015

Atlas Copco Compressors in Ireland is to hold a programme of staff and customer events to commemorate its 50th year of operation in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Women's share of executive roles 'remains a challenge' 25/03/2015

Women now account for 23% of all board seats in FTSE 100 manufacturers – up from 19% in 2013 and 21% last year, according to the EEF.

Your chance to pick up maintenance and safety best practice advice 25/03/2015

Pick up best practice advice from leading manufacturing practitioners on how to deliver outstanding safety and maintenance standards at your site at the WM Factory Safety and Maintenance Conference 2015 on Wednesday, 3 June 2015 at Ettington Chase Hotel near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

Materials company prosecuted for worker's crush injury 25/03/2015

A materials company has been fined £10,000 with £940.50 costs after a maintenance engineer's hand was crushed at its West Midlands factory.

English manufacturers challenged over 'mindset of high growth' 25/03/2015

Manufacturers in England are being urged to see if they have the 'high growth' mindset by completing an online tool that could help them expand.

Manufacturing growing steadily, says CBI 23/03/2015

Activity in the manufacturing sector remained broadly steady in March, according to the CBI's latest Industrial Trends Survey.

Construction begins on JLR automotive innovation centre 20/03/2015

Construction has begun on the £150 million National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) at the University of Warwick which will open in Spring 2017, providing a technology hub for Jaguar Land Rover's advanced research team.

South Yorkshire firm a 'serial safety offender' 20/03/2015

A Rotherham-based metals business has been fined £36,000 and ordered to pay £36,000 toward prosecution costs after it repeatedly risked workers' lives by making them use dangerous machines – notching up a shocking 31 enforcement notices for safety breaches in just three months.

Best Factory Awards 2015 open for entry 19/03/2015

The Best Factory Awards 2015 have officially opened for entry. The hunt is on for trailblazing factories that can demonstrate market-leading skills development, innovation and operational excellence.

Top professor boosts AME's welding capabilities 19/03/2015

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) has appointed Steve Jones as its Professor for Welding and Joining Sciences.

Budget measures largely welcomed by manufacturers 19/03/2015

Manufacturers have commended Chancellor of the Exchequer George for measures in the final Budget of this parliament to encourage exports, compensate industries facing high energy costs, and create a stable and competitive tax regime.

Produce company in court after reversing forklifts injure workers 19/03/2015

An East Yorkshire produce company has been ordered to pay more than £46,000 after two workers were seriously injured by reversing forklift trucks in separate incidents at its vegetable processing factory in Chicksands, Bedfordshire.

Rolls-Royce to create composite technology hub in Bristol 19/03/2015

Rolls-Royce has revealed Bristol as the location for a centre of advanced fan system composite technology development, set to create a hub of composite knowledge in the UK and securing 120 jobs in the city by the end of 2019.

Car manufacturing on the up and up 19/03/2015

More than 250,000 UK cars were built in first two months of 2015, nearly 130,000 in February, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Company sentenced after worker loses fingers 19/03/2015

A leading international aluminium fabricator has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £1,784.50 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge after a worker severed two fingers when his left hand was trapped in the loading clamps of an aluminium metal extrusion machine.

Apprentice wins MTA 'Young Engineer of the Year' award 17/03/2015

A West Midlands apprentice has been named as one of the future stars of engineering at the Manufacturing Technologies Association's Annual Awards.

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