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Business jet facility underway for Bombardier in UK

Work has begun to construct the Biggin Hill airport-based aircraft service centre

15 June 2020

© Aerospace Manufacturing

Government thought to be working with Tesla for Big EV facility in the UK

The Department for International Trade is scoping out a large area for EV R&D and Manufacturing believed to be in Somerset. Although it has not confirmed which company is involved, it is thought to be TESLA (Image courtesy Production Engineering Solutions magazine and Tesla)

8 June 2020

© Production Engineering Solutions

20% weight reduction using revolutionary thermoplastic composite

A leader in lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb core technology, and  Tier 1 automotive supplier, have developed innovative technology which has reduced the weight of the Hyundai Creta’s trunk floor by 20%.

1 June 2020

© Composites in Manufacturing

Advances with UV light for cabin cleansing

Airbus and Boeing study ways to detect and deactivate viruses in cabins between flights using UV light and robots. Could this be a key route to the aviation industry to get travel safe again?

1 June 2020

© Aerospace Manufacturing

GKN signs agreement for all-electric plane

GKN Aerospace is to be involved in design and manufacture of wings, empennage and electrical wiring for Alice all-electric aircraft. Already a key partner in the Airbus ‘Wing of Tomorrow’ programme, GKN Aerospace is an ideal candidate to help change the way people travel with the Alice plane, which aims to make journeys of up to 650 miles more sustainable.

20 May 2020

© Aerospace Manufacturing

Planning application for UK's first waste-to-jet fuel plant given green light

A planning application backed by Shell and British Airways to create the UK’s first commercial-scale waste-to-jet fuel plant in North East Lincolnshire has been granted planning permission.

© Edie

Boeing picks STS for UK Wedgetail conversions

Boeing Defence UK has named STS Aviation Services as its conversion partner for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) future fleet of five 737NG-based E-7A Wedgetail surveillance aircraft, after Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group withdrew from the project.

© Flight Global

Go-ahead for largest new station ever built in UK

Joint venture contractors Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra have got the green light from planners to start work on HS2’s west-London super hub, Old Oak Common.

© Construction Enquirer

US no 1 automaker should emerge with permanently reduced costs post-pandemic

Boeing Defence UK has named STS Aviation Services as its conversion partner for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) future fleet of five 737NG-based E-7A Wedgetail surveillance aircraft, after Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group withdrew from the project.

© Reuters

AMTE Power and Britishvolt sign MoU for UK's Landmark GigaFactory

AMTE Power and Britishvolt are pleased to announce plans to investigate collaborating to build the UK’s first full cycle battery cell GigaPlant, servicing the automotive and energy storage markets. Both parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) focussed on each other`s complementary ambitions to create and expand an onshore manufacturing supply chain. 

© IDTechEx

The stealthy little drones that fly like insects

Start-up company studies biomechanics from dragonfly to use flapping wings powering more weather-resistant and flight-efficient drones

21 April 2020

© BBC News

Boeing set to resume Dreamliner production next month

South Carolina facility prepares to welcome back majority of its workforce for the 787

16 April 2020

© Reuters

European factories begin to reopen

VW’s HQ sports a logo squashing the virus Pac-man style, as it plans to welcome back workers on Monday.

27 April 2020

© Business Insider

BMW places massive 5,000 robot order with KUKA

Great news for the industry and KUKA, as the latter’s robots, including innovative linear units, will be used in auto manufacturing for BMW around the world.

19 April 2020

© Robotics and Automation News

Innovative start-ups to receive £1.25Bn government support package

Chancellor believes start-ups will be key to driving growth coming out of COVID-19

20 April 2020

© BBC News

Solvay signs long-term supply agreement with Honda Aircraft

Honda’s business jet models to benefit from Solvay’s innovative composites & adhesives over coming decade

17 April 2020

© Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Approved for NHS: new Penlon ventilator upscaling for mass production with help from Airbus and F1

A consortium including Siemens, Airbus, Ford and several Formula 1 teams worked with the medical device maker, to adapt its ventilator so that it could be mass-produced quickly. 16 April 2020

© BBC news

Rising demand for Ceratizit tooling driven by ventilator collaborations

Formula 1 teams, and many others throughout the supply chain approach Ceratizit for support in production 14 April 2020

© Aerospace Manufacturing

50% growth for Rockwood Composites over 6 months

Aerospace, including interiors, and defence are biggest drivers, but medical is an important sector too.  8 April 2020

© Elsevier

Fiat Chrysler and Honda plan to reopen sites for N. American production in May

Fiat Chrysler’s statement says that it “intends to progressively restart its U.S. and Canadian manufacturing facilities beginning May 4.”  6 April 2020

© Reuters

Ex Dassault Systèmes Simulia exec joins MSC as new CTO to lead innovation

Working across the Hexagon technology portfolio to develop synergies, Bruce Engelmann will be responsible for technology and solutions across MSC design and engineering product line.     3 April 2020

© Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Third Dimension launch first in new range of GapGun handheld feature measurement tools

Third Dimension have taken the industry standard to a new level with the GapGun Pro2 and T series sensor heads. Designed for the increasing needs of automotive metrology and quality control professionals, a dedicated team of engineers have spent 3 years to build cutting-edge technology into the 25+ year established GapGun.    1 April 2020

© Third Dimension Advanced Manufacturing


Many NHS hospitals have run out of face masks for their staff. GRP Solutions has been supporting a number of hospitals around the country giving them what we have but have now nearly exhausted our supplies.   31 March 2020

© GRP Solutions

Dyson vacuums up thousands of orders for its new ventilator prototype

The companies will start making up to 30,000 ventilators from next week to help the NHS fight Covid-19   30 March 2020

© The Guardian

Welsh hospital creates new purifying ventilator for self-care, releasing specialist nurses for other duties

A new ventilator, a virus-killing snood and a hands-free door pull are just some of the innovations coming out of Wales to tackle coronavirus.   24 March 2020

© BBC News

London start-up OneWeb launches more satellites, and its online network is more important than ever

A Soyuz rocket lifted off from Baikonur, carrying 34 more spacecraft into orbit to continue the build-up of the firm’s broadband internet constellation.   21 March 2020

© BBC News

Repurposing of manufacturing to beat virus is not limited to engineering firms alone

Firms including Zara, Nivea and Dyson are switching output to make needed equipment.   20 March 2020

© The Telegraph

Scott Bader launches new structural adhesive

Crestabond M7-04 is a toughened, two component 1:1 acrylic structural adhesive designed for bonding composites, thermoplastics and metals.

© Scott Bader

Can this company have discovered the future of car production?

Proprietary AM techniques combine with smart thinking to eliminate hard tooling for the astronomically fast 21C Hypercar.

© Production Engineering Solutions

Dr.Cedeno-Campos, Prof. Fairclough and Mr. Jaramillo and the Composite Systems Innovation Centre

Composites are lightweight but strong materials. Their applications range from aircraft and automotive parts, wind turbines to bespoke sports equipment. However, to create bespoke designs or one-off production, making moulds is expensive. We research parts production without moulds but that tailor the fibre alignment in order to retain the strength

© University of Sheffield

British Science Week coincides with welcome government investment in STEM

Future scientists, mathematicians and engineers from all backgrounds are set to benefit from the government’s £179M investment announced this month.

© Production Engineering Solutions

New UK electric van prototype reflects GEELY's £500m investment

LEVC’s new hybrid-electric van prototype comes out of its Coventry facility, with a 30% lighter body, and ability to absorb twice the crash energy of mild steel.

© Production Engineering Solutions

SMMT calls for solid UK-EU deal to drive growth

There is understandable concern about the figures published by the SMMT this week showing an auto slow-down in 2019; but there is evidence for great potential too, not least from the demonstrable growth in alternatively fuelled car output. The SMMT is pushing to achieve a world class FTA to maintain and grow this vital part of the UK economy and capability.


Uber's deal with Nissan to benefit Sunderland and the Capital

Uber’s recent order of 2,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles not only provides more business for the North East plant, but benefits Londoners by adding to Ubers goal for every London car on the app to be fully carbon-free from 2025.

© Production Engineering Solutions

New composites tech could speed up aircraft manufacture

MIT researchers have devised a way to manufacture autoclave-formulated aerospace-grade advanced carbon fiber composites without using applied pressure from an autoclave or oven.

© Aerospace Manufacturing

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