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EEF demands rebalancing of economy 16/09/2014

A call for Britain's political leaders to back policies that will rebalance the UK's economy has come from EEF, the manufacturers' organisation.

UK’s first digital factory demonstrator launched 16/09/2014

The UK's first digital factory demonstrator has been launched at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, designed to showcase how a 'fourth industrial revolution' could shape the future of British manufacturing. The launch featured a virtual 3D factory alongside a physical production line capable demonstrating mass customisation of consumer goods.

Impromptu concert staged at Rolls-Royce factory 16/09/2014

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Gregory Porter performed a surprise gig to the delight of the craftsmen and women at the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars factory in Goodwood.

Girl power reigns as record numbers sign up for apprenticeships 16/09/2014

A record number of young women have started work at JCB as apprentices – challenging the myth that engineering is very much a man's world. Nine females have just completed the first week of their apprenticeships – almost double last year's intake.

Royal Academy of Engineering celebrates its first female president 16/09/2014

Professor Dame Ann Dowling has succeeded Sir John Parker as president of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Fellows of the Academy elected Dame Ann as their first female president.

‘Scottish independence would trigger painful economic decline’ warns EEF 15/09/2014

A vote for independence could lead to Scotland becoming an economic wasteland, greatly diminishing the standing of both Scotland and the rest of the UK and seriously damaging the long-term economic and social prospects of the nation, warned Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF, the manufacturers' organisation.

Simpler explosives and acetylene regulations 12/09/2014

New laws on working safely with explosives and compressed acetylene gas will take effect next month.

National Institute for Materials Research and Innovation plan welcomed 12/09/2014

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has welcomed plans for a new National Institute for Materials Research and Innovation in the north of England.

Ford produces three millionth low-carbon engine 12/09/2014

Ford has reached its landmark three millionth low-carbon diesel engine to be produced at the company's manufacturing centre in Dagenham. The site produces over 30,000 engines a month, and has been building the small-capacity diesel engines since May 2007.

EEF launches National Conference - ‘Manufacturing a Renaissance’ 11/09/2014

Leading politicians and senior industrialists will gather next February for the National Manufacturing Conference – 'Manufacturing a Renaissance' organised by manufacturers' organisation, the EEF.

ABB shifts 'centre of gravity' to grow revenues 11/09/2014

ABB has announced a Next Level strategy that aims to boost revenue by 4-7% per year to 2020.

Many UK businesses unhappy with their ERP 11/09/2014

ERP software must adapt or die as an estimated 143,200 UK businesses - 60% of those using the systems - are less than satisfied with them, according to global research from Redshift and Epicor Software Corporation.

JLR invests in engine combustion research 11/09/2014

Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to create two centres of excellence for engine combustion research at two leading UK universities.

Exploding vessel leads to court 11/09/2014

A Kidderminster carpet company and a Surrey-based firm have been fined after a large pressure vessel, in which carpet fibres are dyed and processed, exploded, propelling the vessel's quarter-tonne lid 6m into the air.

Students sign up for the UK’s first ‘faculty on the factory floor’ 11/09/2014

More than 20 students are set to take part in a new approach for delivering industry-ready graduates.

Finalists announced for 2014 Best Factory Awards 11/09/2014

Cranfield School of Management has announced the UK factories shortlisted for the 2014 Best Factory Awards and the winners will be announced at the glittering BFA Awards ceremony on 26 September at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London. There are still places available - see the contact information at the end of this story.

Your chance to tour award winning factory 11/09/2014

WM is giving readers an exclusive opportunity on October 15 to visit the West Midlands manufacturer Power Panels, previous winner of BFA Factory of the Year, Best Electronics and Electrical Plant, Best Small Company and winner of the Skills Development Award.

Production output rises in July 10/09/2014

Production output is estimated to have increased by 1.7% between July 2013 and July 2014, reflecting increases of 2.2% in manufacturing; and 3.4% in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning.

Manufacturing report calls for ‘demand-led education’ 10/09/2014

The manufacturing sector is calling on government to move towards 'demand-led education' to help the sector bridge the current skills gap.

3M opens innovation centre 10/09/2014

Technology company 3M has opened an innovation centre at its Bracknell, Berkshire head office.

TMI renews Shingo contract 10/09/2014

The Manufacturing Institute (TMI) in Manchester has renewed its contract to deliver education for companies wanting to achieve the highest levels of excellence, recognised by the prestigious Shingo Prize.

Rolls-Royce safeguards 200 jobs with new centre 10/09/2014

Rolls-Royce has said it plans to open a new technology and logistics centre in Bognor Regis, West Sussex in 2016, safeguarding 200 jobs and creating a number of new roles.

JCB invests €25m in Germany 10/09/2014

JCB is to build a €25 million headquarters in Cologne, Germany to double the size of its existing facility. This represents the biggest single investment ever in its business as the company prepares to celebrate 50 years of trading in Germany.

MPs pledge to boost school-industry links 10/09/2014

MPs have pledged their support to help fix the engineering skills shortage by encouraging employers in their constituencies to work with schools to give young people work experience opportunities and inspirational information about the many exciting careers in engineering and technology.

Semta’s Sarah Sillars stands down in December 09/09/2014

Sarah Sillars OBE is to stand down as CEO of the engineering skills service Semta at the end of December this year (2014) as chief operating officer Ann Watson steps into her shoes.

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