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Con Mech Engineers fined after worker loses leg 17/04/2014

Con Mech Engineers has been fined £20,000 plus £8,045 in costs in court, after an agency worker was crushed between a moving vehicle and a water tank.

Best Factory Awards 2014 entry deadline extended 16/04/2014

The deadline for entries to the Best Factory Awards 2014 has been extended to Friday, April 25, giving you the opportunity to join the manufacturing greats and enjoy the business boosting benefits that come with awards success.

Factory gate price rises remain low 16/04/2014

Annual output producer price inflation stayed low in March, while the rate of input prices continued to fall, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Manufacturing recruitment strong in Northern Ireland 16/04/2014

The manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland increased staffing levels at its fastest rate on record in March, according to Ulster Bank Northern Ireland PMI produced by Markit.

BOHS appoints new president 15/04/2014

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) has appointed Mike Slater as its president.

Work starts on Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering 15/04/2014

Work is now underway on the construction of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), the UK's first dedicated 'faculty on the factory floor'.

PowerCell wins H&S accreditation 15/04/2014

Industrial battery and charger specialist PowerCell has met the exacting standards required for the ISO (OHSAS) 18001 accreditation and been awarded the internationally recognised benchmark for the management of health and safety.

Research centre 'will help manufacturers improve efficiency' 14/04/2014

A specialist research centre dedicated to finding ways to help businesses improve manufacturing has been set up as a partnership between Teesside University, the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University and the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI).

Denbigh factory workers exposed to high lead levels 14/04/2014

A firm has been fined a total of £35,000 and ordered to pay costs of £23,271 after a court was told that nine workers at a ceramic tile factory in North Wales had levels of lead in their blood above national safety limits, putting them at risk of serious health problems.

Cable announces £100m to strengthen supply chains 11/04/2014

Business secretary Vince Cable has announced a £100 million fund to support manufacturers' supply chains and strengthen reshoring.

CBI Northern Ireland warns of energy cost job threats 11/04/2014

Manufacturing jobs are being threatened by high energy costs, according to CBI Northern Ireland chair Colin Walsh (pictured).

Semta encourages youngsters into ‘inspirational’ career 11/04/2014

A call for young people to take any route they can into advanced manufacturing and engineering to enjoy a fulfilling career has come from Semta chairman Allan Cook CBE.

Food makers warned over poor contracts 11/04/2014

UK food manufacturers could pay a significant price should they fail to include protective clauses in their supply chain contracts, according to a food law firm.

UK manufacturers benefit from £300m RGF funding 10/04/2014

The fifth round of the government's Regional Growth Fund (RGF) worth £300 million is to go to 50 companies around the UK.

SMEs threatened by growing skills shortage 09/04/2014

A shortage of recruits at every level is harming future prospects of SME manufacturers, according to the latest annual SME Manufacturing Survey from MHA, a group of accountancy and business advisory firms.

Manufacturing continues to grow strongly 09/04/2014

Manufacturing output grew by 1% between January and February, its third consecutive monthly rise, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Biffa Waste Services fined following unguarded machine injury 08/04/2014

Biffa Waste Services has been fined £20,000 with £1,542 costs for safety breaches after an agency worker lost the tips of two fingers in unguarded machinery.

EEF sets out European manifesto for growth 07/04/2014

UK manufacturers have called for a reduction in the number of European commissioners to help the EU focus on lifting the Eurozone out of the economic doldrums.

K3 releases SYSPRO 7 to the UK 07/04/2014

K3 Syspro has released the SYSPRO 7 enterprise resource planning solution (ERP) in a bid to provide users with greater scalability, mobility and performance to effectively streamline business processes.

More small businesses showing the ambition to export, says FSB 07/04/2014

Manufacturing is the sector most likely to export, according to the latest research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

Engineering professionals mostly happy at work 07/04/2014

Job satisfaction among engineering professionals is high, with more than two thirds (69%) of those polled in a survey from Reed Engineering reporting they were satisfied or very satisfied in their current role.

EEF invests £2m into training centre 04/04/2014

A £2 million training centre in the Midlands has been opened by the EEF. The centre, designed to train manufacturers and engineers of the future in facilities replicating a real manufacturing environment, will train around 250 apprentices a year in skills including milling, CNC machinery, welding and fabrication.

Rolls-Royce secures contract for wave piercing offshore vessel 04/04/2014

Rolls-Royce has signed an £11 million contract with Spanish shipyard Gondan for a wave piercing offshore vessel to be delivered to Simon Møkster Shipping in Norway.

Company in court after apprentice loses finger 04/04/2014

A Northumberland company was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £894.95 costs after a worker's left hand was crushed in machinery leading to the amputation of one of his fingers.

SMMT votes overwhelmingly for European membership 03/04/2014

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has warned that the UK must remain in Europe. It said, access to the single market was fundamental to UK vehicle manufacturing, supporting sales and ensuring supply chain growth.

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