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The UK’s largest annual gathering of OEMs and engineering supply chain professionals

4 & 5 November 2020 | NEC, Birmingham

The UK’s largest annual gathering of OEMs and engineering supply chain professionals

4 & 5 November 2020. NEC, Birmingham

Industry News

Here you can find a handpicked selection of the big stories and latest updates for professionals involved in all things related to engineering.

New 5G deal signed to speed up UK electric car production

Hyperbat is using the newest 5G-enabled technology to speed up electric vehicle manufacturing in the UK.

13 April 2021

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

New TFP nonwovens study demonstrates abrasion resistance improvement

A study on the use of TFP’s aramid nonwovens in composite surfacing applications shows their effectiveness in protecting the underlying structural elements of a composite from the effects of abrasion.

12 April 2021

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

The Sempre Group supplies CNC tool correction software

The Sempre Group now offers Reaction Plan Manager software. The automated instruction-based software analyses measurement data calculates offset and provides tool correction instructions in real-time.

13 April 2021

Full story © The Sempre Group

Procentec’s Launches: The First Line of Defence for Your Industrial Network

Procentec will be launching four major solutions and features focusing on network security monitoring. 

8 April 2021

Full story © Procentec

CGTech Announces 3DLive™ GDML Interface for VERICUT® Software

CGTech has revealed that its VERICUT software can now read in Geometry Description Markup Language (GDML) files with a new 3DLive Interface.

7 April 2021

Full story © CGTech

Solico launches Amphora engineering and design software

Solico has revealed the launch of its Amphora software for the design, calculation and optimisation of composite storage tanks and silos.

6 April 2021

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

ZeroAvia secures £18m to kick off large engine development

ZeroAvia is launching the development program for a 2MW hydrogen-electric powertrain for regional aircraft.

6 April 2021

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Taking the lead with digital metrology

The Sempre Group, discovers how involving metrology in plans to digitalise can help the British manufacturing sector become a world leader in innovation.

31 March 2021

Full story © The Sempre Group

Ricoh 3D launches powder-based 3D composite

Ricoh has launched carbon fibre composites to its line-up of high-performance materials through a partnership with composite-based manufacturer Impossible Objects.

30 March 2021

Full story © Ricoh

Flight control technology set to dive underwater for marine mobility

BAE Systems is using years of flight controls expertise underwater onboard the UK’s next generation submarine. 

29 March 2021

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Senior Aerospace BWT invests in Stratasys FDM 3D printers to produce aircraft parts for OEMs

UK-based Senior Aerospace BWT has developed its capability in additive manufacturing by installing Stratasys 3D printers to spearhead the design, production and deployment of 3D-printed interior aircraft parts.

29 March 2021

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

SECO and CGTech Collaborative Partnership Provides A Resultant FORCE

A Collaborative partnership between SECO Tools and CGTech, is showing exceptional results for even the most demanding customers. 

30 March 2021

Full story © CGTech

Mikrosam and Composite Automation outfit NIAR ATLAS with the latest composite prepreg slitting and rewinding unit for advancing aviation industry research

NIAR selected Composite Automation and Mikrosam are set to deliver a single-step slitting unit to facilitate its need to perform research on many of composite prepregs in the Advanced Technologies Laboratory for Aerospace Systems.

20 March 2021

Full story © Mikrosam

NASA tests world’s most powerful rocket set for moon missions

At NASA’s Stennis Space Center, the largest rocket element has fired its four RS-25 engines for 8 minutes and 19 seconds.

22 March 2021

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

World’s first carbon fibre smartphone

The Carbon 1 MK II is making its debut on the market. As it sets new standards for lightness, slim design and sustainability.

22 March 2021

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

The Sempre Group offers the full LK Metrology CMM range

The Sempre Group is distributing LK Metrology’s whole range of equipment.

23 March 2021

Full story © The Sempre Group

Procentec: Beefing Up Security Monitoring for Industrial Networks

Protecting industrial networks from accidental or intentional sabotage is a high priority. Although the focus is usually on external attacks, internal threats can be just as harmful.

22 March 2021

Full story © Procentec

Putting employers at the heart of post-16 skills - UK government sets out further education reform

UK government have announced an extensive reform of further education to encourage parity of esteem between technical training and university courses. 

17 March 2021

Full story © Cast Metals Federation

A resilient UK foundry industry remains optimistic

Business Impact Survey- 2020 Summary Report by Cast Metals Federation. 

17 March 2021

Full story © Cast Metals Federation

Teesside’s new wind turbine blade plant to lead green industrial revolution, expert says

GE’s investment in a new wind turbine blade manufacturing plant places Teesside at the front of green revolution.

16 March 2021

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

Thales to bring Aeralis training and simulation for jet development

Aeralis has entered into an agreement with Thales to develop innovative processes, devices and systems to operate the Aeralis platforms.

12 March 2021

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Microtex Composites opens a new headquarters in the UK

A new headquarters has been opened in the UK, to oversee an important target market for Microtex Composites.

16 March 2021

Full story © Microtex

Call for Government to go further in transforming public procurement and include the wider supply chain.

The Cast Metals Federation, has asked the Government to be more ambitious in its plans for an overhaul of public procurement to support UK manufacturing supply chains in its response to the Green Paper and consultation.

16 March 2021

Full story © Cast Metals Federation

Fixturing Finesse

A midwest modular tooling provider Bluco turns to VERICUT for increased productivity. 

15 March 2021

Full story © CGTech

3D printing holds the key to ‘right to repair’ law

3D printing could be the new answer for manufacturers affected by a new law requiring them to provide spare parts for fridges, washing machines and televisions.

11 March 2021

Full story © Ricoh

Cobham Mission Systems wins NAVAIR T-45 oxygen concentrator contract

Cobham Mission Systems has announced it has been awarded a new contract from the US Naval Air Systems Command for production and delivery of two lots of GGU-25 oxygen concentrators.

9 March 2021

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

AMAC and Pontis bring composite solutions to e-mobility

AMAC has reported its collaboration with the Netherlands-based engineering company Pontis Engineering.

5 March 2021

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

Automated processing of aerospace scrap for precious elements

AMRC used simulation to support a metal processing business in developing an automated scrap sorting technology.

1 March 2021

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

DuPont announces Formula E team partnership

DuPont and the Nissan e.dams Formula E team have partnered to speed the delivery of new technologies in vehicle electrification.

24 February 2021

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

Top floor to shopfloor

CGTech announce an independent CNC machine tool simulation, verification and optimisation software. 

1 March 2021

Full story © CGTech

Scott Bader UK wins Employer of the Year award for Northamptonshire

Scott Bader UK is delighted to announce they have won ‘Employer of the Year’ at the Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards 2020!

26 February 2021

Full story © Scott Bader

NPL opens Mechanical Test Facility to support transition to a net-zero economy

NPL announce the opening of their Mechanical Test Facility. This facility provides the industry with the capability to evaluate, characterise and adopt new materials and products. 

24 February 2021

Full story © NPL

Advanced Materials Characterisation webinars

Up coming webinar by NPL on the 16 March 2021 at 15:00 GMT. The use and advantages of small-scale testing based around the ETMT technology. 

24 February 2021

Full story © NPL

First UK gigafactory joins trade body and prepares to power up

The company behind the project to build the UK’s first lithium-ion battery gigaplant, has joined trade body Make UK.

23 February 2021

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

Gore facilitates successful Mars rover landing

Gore & Associates joined many scientists and space exploration enthusiasts in celebrating the landing of the Mars 2020 Mission’s Perseverance Rover on the Red Planet.

22 February 2021

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Spintech Holdings

Awarded Two United States Air Force Research Laboratory STTR Program Contracts totaling $300,000 as a part of AFWERX’s Agility Prime Initiative.

8 February 2021

Full story © Spintech Holdings

New Operations Director Appointment

GRP Solutions is proud to announce the appointment of seasoned professional John Birch in the role of Operations Director.

16 February 2021

Full story © GRP Solutions

Large-scale 3D printing used for latest Airbus satellites

Radio frequency components are at the heart of every telecommunications satellite, and parts are now being produced by Airbus via 3D printing for its latest spacecraft.

15 February 2021

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

Ricoh 3D launches design optimisation service

A new design optimisation service has launched for 2021.

15 February 2021

Full story © Ricoh

Boston Materials unveils 60-inch wide Z-axis CF materials

Boston Materials has started shipping Z-axis carbon fibre products to customers in North America and Europe.

11 February 2021

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

DARPA awards contracts for air-launched drone that fires missiles

In the US, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing an air-launched drone that can fire multiple air-to-air missiles.

09 February 2021

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Coventry electric car battery centre installs new equipment

The UK Battery Industrialisation Centre  installs a Module and Pack suite full of specialist battery manufacturing equipment.

08 February 2021

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

Belgrave & Powell completes acquisition of Autotech Robotics

Belgrave & Powell has acquired Autotech Robotics based in Plymouth.

02 February 2021

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

GKN Aerospace to accelerate sustainable technologies in Future Flight Challenge

GKN Aerospace is developing sustainable technology through three ground-breaking collaborative programmes as part of the Future Flight Challenge.

02 February 2021

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

A Force for good in every industry sector

Virtual Attendees of the VERICUT Force ‘Live’ event, will be equipped with the knowledge to make their businesses more efficient, more competitive and more profitable. 

05 February 2021

Full story © CGTech

CGTech offers a commercial FORCE

Challenges faced by the aerospace industry offer opportunities for commercial OEMs and suppliers to make needed changes. This is where the complete digital NC simulation and optimisation software solution by VERICUT can help.

02 February 2021

Full story © CGTech

The importance of servicing metrology equipment

An annual metrology system servicing is easy and vital for all manufacturers. 

01 February 2021

Full story © Sempre

New Funding For XCAM Space Project To Help Solve Problems On Earth

Through the UK Space Agency, Government is giving a cash injection to five projects specifically designed to bring together UK business expertise with universities to help build space solutions to global problems, on UK soil.

27 January 2021

Full story © XCAM LIMITED

South West electric air taxis project awarded government funding

A consortium led by Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and involving Vertical Aerospace and the West of England Combined Authority has been awarded an industrial research grant by the UK Government to look at the feasibility of an air taxi service in the South West Region before conducting a demonstration in a live environment.

26 January 2021

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Unmanned aircraft to be made at Spirit AeroSystems in Belfast

The UK’s first fleet of unmanned fighter aircraft is one step closer as £30 million contract was awarded to manufacture a prototype.

25 January 2021

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

Accelerating the electric vehicle journey

In 2020, the UK Government announced that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will end in 2030 and invested over £1.8 billion to improve electric vehicle infrastructure. The automotive sector is now transitioning towards manufacturing a large volume of zero emission vehicles.

26 January 2021

Full story © Sempre

Rolls-Royce’s massive new testbed in Derby runs first engine

Rolls-Royce’s Testbed 80 has successfully completed its first engine run, thought to be the largest indoor aerospace testbed in the world.

18 January 2021

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Partners high deposition rates make thermoplastic aerostructures a reality

High-performance polymer solutions provider, Victrex says the next decisive step in the production of large structural components from thermoplastic composites for use in aerospace has been achieved.

15 January 2021

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

Central Scanning - supporting the NHS through Covid19

During the lockdown, they continued to remain open and available. Providing visors for Queen Elizabeth Hospital. 

Full story © Central Scanning

UK manufacturing update: Brexit fears and opportunities in 2021

Brexit fears are clouding the outlook of the UK manufacturing industry as it enters a new year, according to a major survey by Make UK and PwC.

11 January 2021

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

Teledyne CML Composites awarded Airbus A400M contract

Teledyne CML Composites announces the award of a contract with Airbus in Madrid for the ‘Life Of Program’ supply of composite wing components and assemblies on the A400M tactical airlifter. 

5 January 2021

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

Crash-free in Conroe

Texas oil and gas manufacturer uses VERICUT to safeguard its machining operations.

5 January 2021

Full story © CG Tech

Lentus – a green revolution

Within the past year, Lentus has been working with Composites Evolution to manufacture components from flax composite material.

30 January 2020

Full story © Lentus

Microchip announces new radiation-tolerant memory device

Microchip Technology has announced a radiation-tolerant, 64 Megabit parallel-interface SuperFlash memory device with ideal total ionising dose tolerance for maximum reliability and robustness in the harsh radiation environment of space missions.

16 December 2020

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

New Hinges from Elesa get the best out of reinforced technopolymers

Elesa have long been market leaders in the use of reinforced technopolymers for robust industrial applications and specialised environments – so they are again delighted to announce new hinge products in this material.

11 December 2020

Full story © ELESA

Take back control and stay one step ahead

VERICUT Force is new and is leading the way. The physics based software module for NC program optimization analyzes and optimizes cutting conditions during the entire NC program operation. 

10 December 2020

Full story © CG Tech

Digital acceleration heightens PTC’s expansion in UK

One of the UK’s leading providers of Industrial Internet of Things solutions is reporting a 25% increase in channel sales in 2020, with operational issues caused by COVID-19 accelerating the race for digital transformation.

9 December 2020

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

Achieving process optimization through simulation

Process optimization links all the machining operations end-to-end to evaluate and improve the entire manufacturing process.

10 December 2020

Full story © CG Tech

Deutsche Aircraft all set to accelerate zero emissions aircraft

Deutsche Aircraft, the new purpose-driven German aircraft OEM, today unveiled plans to develop the D328eco, said to be a game-changing platform that will align the future of aviation towards a zero-emission flight objective.  

7 December 2020

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

UK Metals Council welcomes focus on the Foundation Industries in new funding competitions.

The UK Metals Council welcomes the focus on metals, as part of the foundation industries, that is being enabled through the Transforming Foundation Industries ISCF Challenge, which will be investing up to £4.7m in a Research and Innovation Hub to be delivered by EPSRC on behalf of UKRI.   

11 November 2020

Full story © UK Metals Council

UK Metal Council Launches Peer Networks Programme for business growth

The Black Country Growth Hub, with the support of the UK Metals Council, is launching the Peer Networks Programme for ambitious businesses looking to grow. 

11 November 2020

Full story © UK Metals Council

UK manufacturing industry continues its recovery in November

The upturn in the UK manufacturing sector strengthened in November, including growth in output and new business.

1 December 2020

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

EconCore joins Audi and others to develop composite battery casings

EconCore has announced a partnership involving AZL, Audi and others to establish the potential of using composites for battery housings.

24 November 2020

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

Elesa Smart Working maintains standard component support in difficult times

Elesa are pleased to have played their part by ensuring high stock levels throughout in order to maintain supply chains and support the economy.

27 November 2020

Full story © Elesa

TestaTT 300 to 1500

The range of Temperature testing chambers offer the ideal solution for temperature cycle testing, simulation and exposure to heat, aging and stress testing.

27 November 2020

Full story © Aralab

Non-Nitrogen HALT Systems

Fusing Mechanical Refrigeration and Repetitive-Shock Technologies.

27 November 2020

Full story © Espec

Aralab ATEX Chamber

Alphatech is delighted to have supplied Chell Instruments with a new generation Aralab Testa chamber as part of their ATEX chamber project.

27 November 2020

Full story © Alphatech

ISO Success for GRP Solutions

GRP Solutions is delighted to announce its successful ISO 9001:2015 accreditation by BSI.

24 November 2020

Full story © GRP Solutions

Oerlikon Balzers partners in virus coatings project

Viruses can survive for a long time on plastics, which are widely used in aircraft. Oerlikon Balzers have many years of experience and wide-ranging expertise in developing solutions for specific applications in the medical industry.

23 November 2020

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Manufacturing firm played critical role in NHS COVID-19 response

A Coventry engineering firm has supplied more than 120 miles of medical gas copper pipes in just six months in the pandemic.

20 November 2020

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

Working capital aids Jaguar Land Rover supplier fulfil orders

Working capital supported by UK Export Finance has helped an automotive manufacturer fulfil orders through the pandemic.

18 November 2020

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

Material stops leakage of hydraulic fluid for aerospace applications

Greene Tweed has released its new EPM 953 elastomer for phosphate ester hydraulic systems in aerospace applications.

18 November 2020

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Support for the Packaging Industry – Elesa standard components make life easier with new brochure

Packaging industry machines are usually dedicated to a single task, often under high speeds in difficult environmental conditions where ease of handling is a major factor of importance.

20 November 2020

Full story © Elesa

LK Metrology chooses Sempre as new partner

The Sempre Group adds LK Metrology CMMs to its metrology portfolio

19 November 2020

Full story © Sempre

Diagnostic Tools That Will Revolutionize Industrial Network Maintenance

Preventing unplanned stoppages and simplifying troubleshooting is high on the agenda for anyone maintaining an industrial network. So, today’s launch of not one but ten new diagnostic and monitoring tools by Procentec is sure to spark widespread interest in the Industrial Automation Market.

17 November 2020

Full story © Procentec

Taking better care of medical manufacturers

The benefits of metrology in medical applications.

17 November 2020

Full story © Sempre

Ricoh 3D Reveals New Showroom

Additive manufacturing specialist Ricoh 3D has unveiled its revamped Centre of Excellence after an investment of more than £1m.

16 November 2020

Full story © Ricoh

Creative Composites supply innovative SMC parts for new zero emission vehicles

The UK’s most advanced composites manufacturer – Creative Composites based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland is delighted to be supplying innovative SMC parts for a new revolutionary electric light commercial van.

5 November 2020

Full story © Creative Composites

Smart Cloud Software brings Award-winning cloud-based ERP system to the UK.

Award-winning Digital Transformation Platform enters the UK. 

29 June 2020

Full story © Smart Cloud Software

New competition to develop nuclear powered space flight

The British Interplanetary Society  has announced a new competition which will see participants come up with the best ideas relating to the storage and handling of antihydrogen.

November 2020

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Altair introduces material data centre

Altair announced the launch of the Altair Material Data Center, a modern, comprehensive, and high-fidelity material database for simulation.

5 November 2020

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

Lab by Transport for Wales ready to showcase second cohort of tech innovators

The 12-week accelerator programme looks to stimulate growth in Wales, offering an exciting opportunity for business innovators to develop their ideas which aim to enhance the railway experience for customers.

2 November 2020

Full story © Rail Business Daily

Sizewell C: New UK nuclear plant close to greenlight as government plans UK energy future

A new nuclear power plant at Sizewell in Suffolk is close to being given the green light by the government.

2 November 2020

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

Nanosatellite manufacturer expands space business in the UK

NanoAvionics, a nanosatellite bus manufacturer and mission integrator, is expanding its space sector business in the UK.

30 October 2020

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

TOWA - PowerGrab Thermodex

PowerGrab Thermo is a light and flexible thermal glove that provides amazing warmth, super dexterity and water repellency.

2 November 2020

Full story © TOWA

Significant water deposits on the moon confirmed

NASA has now announced that the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon.

26 October 2020

Full story © Laboratory News

Collins Aerospace strengthens MRO agreement with Fokker Services

Collins Aerospace Systems have announced the expansion of an existing 10-year FlightSense on-site support agreement for Collins Aerospace’s Integrated Drive Generators.

26 October 2020

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

The wheels of choice for a 331mph hypercar

Forgeline and Dymag co-developed the wheel of choice for the world’s fastest production vehicle.

22 October 2020

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

Fleet Solid Support Ships to be built by ‘British-led’ teams

Fleet Solid Support Ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary will be built by ‘British-led’ teams which the government has hailed as a boost for Britain’s shipbuilding sector.

21 October 2020

Full story © Naval Technology

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft lands on asteroid in bid to collect samples

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft contacted the surface of asteroid Bennu Tuesday to gobble up pristine samples, a climactic moment in the $1 billion mission to bring asteroid material back to Earth in 2023.

20 October 2020

Full story © Spaceflight Now

Volkswagen buys 2,200 more robots as it steps up electrification

Volkswagen is stepping up the pace of change to electric cars and the conversion of manufacturing plants to adapt.

16 October 2020

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

UK future combat air programme can generate billions for UK economy

Preliminary data has revealed the economic importance of the UK’s future combat air programme, Tempest – predicting it will support an average of 20,000 jobs every year from 2026 to 2050.

15 October 2020

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

UK government nearly doubles amount of British steel bought

The proportion of steel procured within the UK by the government has nearly doubled since last year, the latest documents show.

12 October 2020

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

Carbon fibre aircraft equipment agreement signed

Safran and Saertex have signed a 10-year contract on cooperation for the production of aircraft equipment made of carbon fibre fabrics.

8 October 2020

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Liftronic Mobile - New INDEVA Solution

With the INDEVA Liftronic Mobile manipulator you can easily and safely lift, move and position bags, containers, boxes, etc. on pallets or shelves at different locations.

9 July 2020

Full story © YouTube

Addition Design invests in large-scale 3D component printing

Addition Design has increased the size of its range of services with the installation of an industrial AM machine for the batch production of components in a variety of high grade engineering polymers.

2 October 2020

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

Aerospace manufacturers target growth by digital transformation

Three aerospace manufacturers in the UK are targeting growth through a new streamlined workshop process that speeds up digital transformation.

6 October 2020

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

Defect detection in the palm of your hand

Industrial metrology specialist, The Sempre Group, has introduced the new GelSight Mobile handheld sensor, to the UK and Irish markets.

23 September 2020

© The Sempre Group

PRF Composite Materials introduce new unidirectional glass prepreg

PRF Composite Materials are delighted to introduce their new unidirectional glass prepreg!

14 September 2020

© PRF Composite Materials

UK manufacturing industry data shows road to recovery

After improvements in output and orders in the last three months, the UK’s manufacturing sector has begun its long road to recovery.

21 September 2020

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

AEHF-6 protected communications satellite completes on-orbit testing

The On-Orbit Test period was successfully completed by the sixth Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency protected communications satellite.

18 September 2020

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

McLaren pays tribute to 1995 Le Mans victory with inspired cars

McLaren Special Operations have revealed five unique McLaren Senna GTR’s. Created in celebration of the McLaren F1 GTR race cars that dominated the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in an astonishing display of motorsport achievement that included overall victory.

18 September 2020

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

NCC partner with Network Rail

The National Composites Centre has partnered with Network Rail to investigate, design and build a composite footbridge.

16 September 2020

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

Sea Sure named joint winners of innovation awards in offshore wind sector

Sea Sure is delighted to announce that its design for transportation seat hoods has won an innovation contest.

10 September 2020

Full story and images © MAA

All-composite wheel for niche electric vehicles moves to next development stage

The ACRIM-Wheel has moved to the next stage of development with the manufacture of fifty wheels by the end of the year. Its the first commercially viable, affordable, lightweight and composite wheel for niche and electric vehicle applications.

9 September 2020

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing

Airbus selects software development suit for unmanned helicopter system

AdaCore has announced that Airbus Helicopters (France) is using its GNAT Pro tool suite and Ada programming language to develop new software for the VSR700 prototype project.

9 September 2020

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Aerospace sector to invest in green tech despite Covid-19

The key to the industry bouncing back from Covid-19 is to create a greener areospace sector.

9 September 2020

Full story © Production Engineering Solutions

Ricoh 3D printing secures medical certification

3D printing specialist, Ricoh has achieved the international standard certification for production quality management in the medical industry.

2 September 2020

Full story and Images © Production Engineering Solutions

Rolls Royce battles for survival

In a bid to recover financial losses that have resulted due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rolls Royce are planning on selling £2 billion worth of assets.

28 August 2020

Full story © The Financial Times

Bristol based company unveil pioneering flying taxi

With cruise speeds of 150mph and a flyable range of up to 100 miles, passengers could travel from London to Brighton in approximately half an hour.

26 August 2020

Full story and images © Production Engineering Solutions

Superstrata’s 3D printed e-bike has raced past initial crowdfunding targets

Superstrata, a Silicon Valley-based bicycle brand, has unveiled its flagship product, a 3D printed e-bicycle with an impact-resistant unibody carbon fibre frame.

20 August 2020

Full story and images © Composites in Manufacturing

"Thank you for flying SpaceX - have a nice day"

One step closer to reaching full commercial space capability was proven on the 3rd of August 2020

3 August 2020

Full story and images © BBC News

Did Mars ever host life? The answer could lie in the rocks

NASA’s Perseverance robot has left Earth on a mission to try to detect life on Mars

30 July 2020

Full story © BBC News

Nanocomposite innovation set to increase air passenger safety

Developed for aircraft interior applications, this advance in materials promises better fire, smoke and toxicity performance,  and reduces costs. What’s not to like?

29 July 2020

Full story © Composites in Manufacturing magazine

Ultraviolet cleaning system a 'potential game changer' for JetBlue

About the size of an aircraft beverage cart, Honeywell’s virus-killer system is just our cup of tea …

29 July 2020

Full story © Aerospace Manufacturing magazine

Just, wow - peek inside Virgin Galactic's craft for space tourists

Welcome, at least virtually, to the cabin of VSS Unity. If you’re lucky enough to ever sit in the real one, we salute you. There are still tests to run before then of course, but powered test flights are about to begin, so it’s going to be happening sooner than you may think.

28 July 2020


AEO, AEV and ESSA secure go-date for exhibitions

A combined group of members from the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), the Association Event Venues (AEV) and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), led by the associations, has today secured the long-awaited go-date for the exhibitions industry for the 1st October 2020.

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The wheels are beginning to turn again at Vauxhall

Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing site will resume manufacturing activity on 17th August, parent firm Groupe PSA has announced.

15 July 2020

© Production Engineering Solutions

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

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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.

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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.

20 May 2020

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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.

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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.

2 June 2020

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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.

22 May 2020

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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.

10 March 2020

© 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.

9 March 2020

© 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.

7 March 2020

© 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.

30 January 2020


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.

24 January 2020

© 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.

23 January 2020

© Aerospace Manufacturing

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