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Staffordshire firm fined £660,000 29/06/2015

A Staffordshire animal rendering and food waste recycling company has been fined £660,000 and ordered to pay a further £187,632 in costs after a worker died as he tried to fix an industrial cooker.

Next CBI director-general announced 29/06/2015

Carolyn Fairbairn is to become director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in November. She will take over from John Cridland, who has led the CBI since January 2011.

Rise of the machines causing skills shortages, says government 29/06/2015

The advance of robotics and 3D printing is boosting the demand for highly-skilled, IT literate workers in the UK's advanced manufacturing sector, according to a new study by the government's skills experts the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Firms face 'sustainability crunch, says BIFM 29/06/2015

Businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to implement and manage sustainability policies, according to research by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM).

Industry continues to invest to boost productivity performance – EEF/Lombard survey 29/06/2015

Britain's manufacturers are planning to invest across a range of areas in the next two years in an effort to boost productivity, according to a survey released today by EEF, the manufacturers' organisation and Lombard Asset Finance.

Manufacturers report product sales boost for fifth year 25/06/2015

UK manufacturers reported a fifth consecutive year of growth in the value of product sales in 2014, continuing the recovery seen since 2009.

Manufacturers focus investment on boosting productivity 25/06/2015

UK manufacturers are taking a strategic approach to investment, according to a study from asset finance provider Lombard.

Made in Britain launches business boosting initiative 25/06/2015

The Made in Britain Campaign has announced the #1000Makers initiative, a drive to recruit a further 500 British manufacturers by December 2015, helping them sell more by applying the Made in Britain marque.

Positive May for UK car manufacturing 25/06/2015

New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal a steady growth in UK car manufacturing in May, with 119,338 cars built – a rise of 2.3%. The strong domestic market once again played a significant part with a 13.3% increase outweighing a small dip in production for export.

Manufacturing productivity and output boom predicted 24/06/2015

British manufacturers will increase their productivity by 15.5% over the next five years, helping to increase the value of exports by 35%, according to a study commissioned by the International Festival for Business 2016 and undertaken by Oxford Economics.

Sluggish exports continue to drag on manufacturing, says CBI 23/06/2015

A fall in export demand slowed the recovery in the UK's manufacturing sector in June, although output growth and total orders are still above their long-run averages. The CBI's latest Industrial Trends Survey shows export orders slipped back following two months of improvement.

Minister announces boost for aerospace sector 23/06/2015

Business minister Anna Soubry has opened new research facilities in Coventry and announced new technology projects in a bid to keep the UK a world leader in aerospace.

Technology Training Centre appoints manager 23/06/2015

EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, has appointed Christine Chapman (pictured) as centre manager at its multi-million pound Technology Training Centre in Aston, Birmingham. The move comes after the previous manager, Ian Grant, took on a newly-created role designed to boost EEF's apprenticeship management support for JLR in the North West.

HSE launches new workplace health expert committee 23/06/2015

HSE has appointed a committee to provide independent expert knowledge and advice on workplace health. The workplace health expert committee (WHEC) will be made up of nine members who will provide expert opinion on emerging issues and trends, new evidence relating to existing issues and, on the quality and relevance of the evidence base on workplace health issues.

JCB announces major £50m order 23/06/2015

JCB has won one of its biggest single orders ever after securing a deal worth over £50 million from one of the UK's largest plant hire firms. The announcement that A-Plant is buying more than 1,550 JCB machines comes on the back of a £35 million order last year for more than 1,000 machines.

Prepare for ESOS now, warns Eriks 23/06/2015

Manufacturers have been advised to implement energy conservation measures now to ensure mandatory compliance with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) deadline of the 5 December 2015.

Future productivity will rely on manufacturing, says EEF 22/06/2015

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne can help solve Britain's productivity crisis by targeting Government spending in areas that support growth in high value manufacturing, business leaders have claimed.

Coach builder's 'reckless disregard' results in £100k fine 22/06/2015

National bus and coach builder Alexander Dennis has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £18,643 in costs after it ignored multiple warnings about dangers to its workers' health from overuse of hand-held power tools.

Two weeks to register for North East manufacturing and engineering event 20/06/2015

There are just two weeks left to register for a major new event – Manufacturing & Engineering North East (MENE) – which takes place at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on 8 and 9 July 2015.

Nissan invests £37m in Sunderland plant extension 19/06/2015

Nissan has started extension work for a new press line at its manufacturing plant in Sunderland. The £37m investment will see the plant expanded and a new 5,200 tonne press installed, supporting UK production of Nissan's Qashqai and Juke crossovers, the Nissan Note and the all-electric Nissan LEAF.

RenewableUK warns of jobs threat over onshore wind cuts 19/06/2015

Thousands of British jobs and millions of pounds worth of investment have been left in doubt by the threat of cuts to financial support to onshore wind, according to RenewableUK.

Pin up your free Champions poster and win a tablet 19/06/2015

Works Management is offering a Windows tablet to the reader who sends us the best picture of their Manufacturing Champions poster (which is included in the June issue) on display at their site.

Hunt begins for the UK's star manufacturing talent 18/06/2015

Works Management's Manufacturing Champions Awards is back and looking to celebrate the people whose pride and professionalism helps UK manufacturing take on the best in the world.

WM announces exclusive Fujifilm best factory tour 18/06/2015

Sign up for the latest Works Management factory tour to Fujifilm in Broadstairs, Kent on June 30 and you can find out what makes a Best Factory Award winning factory tick by visiting a site, meeting the manufacturing teams and viewing the processes live from top floor to cell level.

UK chemical makers hit by EU environmental target 18/06/2015

Sales of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres from UK manufacturers grew by 5.3% in 2014, according to 'Chemical Industry', a market update published by Market Intelligence provider Key Note.

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