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R&D expenditure increases 20/11/2014

Total expenditure on research and development (R&D) by UK businesses last year increased by 8% to £18.4 billion at current prices compared with 2012 (6% at constant prices), according to the Office of National Statistics.

Manchester teenagers compete in Dragon’s Den challenge 20/11/2014

Budding young manufacturers from North Manchester are set to discover if they have what it takes to work in the high-tech world of modern manufacturing, when they compete in the McBride Make It Enterprising Challenge today.

Unguarded danger at East Yorkshire firm 19/11/2014

A chemical company in East Yorkshire has been fined a total of £28,000 and ordered to pay £1,813 in costs after an employee lost the ends of three fingers in an unguarded part of a machine collecting calcium oxide dust.

ABB e-book offers best motors maintenance tips 18/11/2014

ABB has published an e-book that reveals the most common causes of failure and offers tips on how to resolve them.

Whitehall must boost long-term supply side reforms, says EEF 17/11/2014

A massive boost to infrastructure is needed to build on the economic recovery and lay foundations for longer-term growth, according to EEF.

Warning over UK’s poor automation record 14/11/2014

The UK's failure to embrace the benefits of new technology and 'robotics' has seen it fall behind its European neighbours and contributed to factories closing and jobs being lost, according to Tony Hague (pictured), managing director at PP Electrical Systems.

‘Boost your balance sheets now’ warning 14/11/2014

Manufacturers have a "one-off" opportunity to increase the value of their business assets due to an imminent change in UK accounting rules, according to chartered surveyor Sanderson Weatherall.

Campaign to cut work cancer deaths launched 14/11/2014

An industry-wide campaign to cut the number of deaths from occupational cancer has been launched.

Asset finance popularity rises among manufacturers 14/11/2014

Manufacturing firms worldwide are increasingly deploying asset finance to facilitate equipment acquisition and technology upgrade, according to the latest study from Siemens' Financial Services Division (SFS).

‘Industry wastes £1.5bn annually on outdated energy sources’ 14/11/2014

The British industrial sector wastes £1.43 billion year by using outdated off-mains energy sources, according to a report from liquefied petroleum gas (lpg) supplier Flogas.

Whitehall set to strengthen UK supply chains 11/11/2014

A solid action plan dedicated to boosting manufacturing supply chains to deliver a multi-billion pound lift for British industry will be put in place from January, according to deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

EEF takes over ownership of NDI 11/11/2014

EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, is taking over the ownership and day to day management of NDI, the trade body representing companies involved in the defence sector, from BE Group, following a transaction for an undisclosed sum.

Festo sponsors WMMC 2014 06/11/2014

Festo Training & Consulting is sponsoring Works Management's Manufacturing Conference (WMMC), which takes place at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicester on 20-21 November.

Production output increases slightly 06/11/2014

Production output increased by just 0.2% between Q2 and Q3 2014, but the largest contribution to the growth came from manufacturing, which increased by 0.4%, according to the latest estimates from the Office of National Statistics.

Manufacturing Champions Awards shortlist revealed 05/11/2014

The shortlist for Works Management's Manufacturing Champions Awards has been revealed. View the full shortlist here

Rolls-Royce to cut 2,600 jobs 05/11/2014

Rolls-Royce is to cut 2,600 jobs over the next 18 months – principally in its aerospace division – as part of a "programme to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs".

Growth opportunity worth £2bn to UK auto suppliers 05/11/2014

The Automotive Council has highlighted a £2 billion growth opportunity for UK component suppliers as UK car makers enjoy an unprecedented period of success.

Companies prosecuted for safety failings after worker crushed 05/11/2014

Two Derbyshire companies have been fined for safety failings after a worker was crushed whilst dismantling steelwork.

Sony sponsors Manufacturing Champions award 04/11/2014

Sony UK Technology Centre is sponsoring the Unsung Hero Award, part of Works Management's Manufacturing Champions awards to be held at the Midland Hotel, Manchester on December 4.

Manufacturing growth accelerates 03/11/2014

UK manufacturing made a bright start to the final quarter of 2014, with rates of expansion in production and new business accelerating sharply from their September lows.

Confidence in UK infrastructure declining, warns EEF 03/11/2014

Britain's manufacturers are calling on the government toboost to investment in the UK's crumbling road network as part of a package of infrastructure measures in the forthcoming Autumn Statement.

UK parents support teens' engineering ambitions 03/11/2014

Parents wholeheartedly support the ambitions of thousands of talented teens to become the UK's future engineering talent, yet young people lack the support in schools needed to fulfil their career ambitions, according to research to mark the start of Tomorrow's Engineers Week.

JLR opens engine manufacturing centre 31/10/2014

The Queen has opened Jaguar Land Rover's £500million engine manufacturing centre (EMC) in Wolverhampton. The facility, announced in September 2011, will see engines being produced in-house for the first time in a generation.

Health and safety statistics show Britain could do better 30/10/2014

Injury and ill-health statistics released yesterday (29 October 2014) by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that some 28.2 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2013—14.

Discover the secrets of high employee engagement at WMMC 2014 29/10/2014

Learn how spot disengagement among your employees and reinvigorate morale to boost your productivity at Works Management's Manufacturing Conference (WMMC) 2014 in Leicester on 20-21 November.

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