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Firm fined following trapped hand incident 17/02/2017

A polythene film manufacturer has been fined £6,000 for safety breaches after a worker trapped his hand in machinery.

New bus and truck market sees growth 16/02/2017

The UK new bus and coach market saw a second consecutive year of growth in 2016, while the UK new truck market grew for the third consecutive year, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

New support initiative aims to replace MAS for SMEs 16/02/2017

A new £9.7 million business support initiative, launched this week, promises to unlock the potential of thousands of SME manufacturers across the UK.

Tata workers agree to pension cuts 15/02/2017

An end to the ongoing steel crisis affecting Tata’s steelworks may be in sight after thousands of workers backed a deal on the future of their pensions in order to save the struggling company.

Panasonic becomes latest member of MTC 15/02/2017

Panasonic Business has become the latest member of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, as it bids to drive innovation in the rail and utilities sectors.

Shropshire training academy sees £200,000 investment 15/02/2017

A training academy in Shropshire has created 40 new apprenticeship opportunities by investing a further £200,000 into new manufacturing facilities.

Manufacturing & Engineering event returns to Newcastle 15/02/2017

New Subcontractor Village and Virtual Reality demo area added for 2017.

Firm fined after worker’s leg crushed 14/02/2017

A Canvey Island engineering firm has been slapped with a £277,000 fine and a single penalty of £5,000 after a worker had their leg crushed and subsequently amputated.

Bribery settlement and falling pound sees Rolls-Royce post record losses 14/02/2017

Aerospace manufacturer Rolls-Royce has announced a record pre-tax loss of £4.6 billion for 2016, following a massive bribery settlement and the fall in the value of the pound.

JCB Power Systems invests £10 million into engine plant 13/02/2017

JCB Power Systems has invested £10 million into its UK engine plant, it has been announced.

Scottish government visits Japan to show the country is ‘open for business’ 13/02/2017

Scotland’s external affairs secretary Fiona Hyslop travelled to Japan on Saturday to begin an intensive week of activity to strengthen business and trade between the two countries.

ONS data reveals manufacturing production growth 10/02/2017

Manufacturing production is estimated to have grown by 2.1% last December compared with November, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown.

HSE proposes cost recovery dispute process is made fully independent 10/02/2017

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) plans to make its cost recovery scheme dispute process fully independent, it has been announced.

Cookware manufacturer invests £750,000 in new machines 10/02/2017

Accrington manufacturer What More UK has credited the popularity of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ with the strong growth it has seen in its bakeware division.

McLaren Automotive to build £50 million chassis factory 10/02/2017

Supercar giant McLaren Automotive is to build a £50 million Composites Technology Centre that is responsible for the development and manufacturing of carbon fibre chassis, it has been announced.

Jeremy Corbyn appoints new shadow business secretary 09/02/2017

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Rebecca Long-Bailey as shadow secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy.

Employers need educating about hearing loss, say Honeywell 09/02/2017

Industrial employers need to be better educated to help prevent “entirely preventable” noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) amongst their workers, say Honeywell.

Focus on females to beat skills shortage, say Semta 09/02/2017

A new report is urging the industry and educators ‘not to discount any of the people around us’ in a bid to encourage more women to take up jobs in engineering.

Welsh steel industry gets investment boost 08/02/2017

The Welsh government is to plow £2.8 million into the country’s steel industry to help secure more than 550 jobs, it has been announced.

Company launches interactive communication platform 08/02/2017

An interactive communications platform called ActiveCockpit has been launched by drives and controls specialist, Bosch Rexroth.

Medium-sized UK manufacturing firms warned of health and safety fine risks 08/02/2017

Medium-sized manufacturers have been warned of the significant fine risks they may face on the first anniversary of the Health and Safety sentencing guidelines this month.

WM announces enhanced factory tour programme 07/02/2017

Works Management (WM) has secured a host of new and exciting factory tours to take place throughout 2017 so you can walk the line and see what makes a best-in-class factory tick.

UK manufacturing confidence hits 20-month high 07/02/2017

Manufacturing optimism has reached a 20-month high, according to accountant BDO LLP.

Union backs Brexit impact assessment on UK manufacturing jobs 07/02/2017

A union has urged MPs to support a Labour party call for a Brexit impact assessment on Britain’s 2.6 million manufacturing jobs.

Police appeal for information following JLR engine thefts 06/02/2017

West Midlands Police are appealing for information following a “large scale theft” of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) engines.

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