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DFA is chosen as media partner for National Manufacturing Summit

17 January, 2022

DFA Manufacturing Media, the publisher of Drives & Controls, Smart Futures, Plant and Works Engineering and Talking Industry, has been appointed an official media partner of the National Manufacturing Summit which takes place on 8 and 9 February at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry.

Skills and costs are now the biggest fears for UK manufacturers

10 January, 2022

More than half of UK manufacturers say that their biggest challenges have changed over the past 12 months. According to a new survey by Make UK and PwC, almost six in ten (58%) now see access to labour seen as being the biggest risk they face, with almost 90% being worried about losing skills not only from their own businesses, but from the entire UK manufacturing sector. Their second-biggest concern is now over inflationary pressures.

Invertek invests £10m to boost capacity and create 85 jobs

20 December, 2021

The Welsh drives-maker Invertek Drives is investing £10m to expand the manufacturing and distribution facilities at its global headquarters in Welshpool, and to develop a new application centre. The investment will create 85 new jobs over the coming year, adding to the 280 who already work at the site, and follows a recruitment drive over the past year to expand the company’s production and r&d departments.

High-efficiency motors pioneer David Walters has died

16 December, 2021

The death has been announced of Professor David Walters OBE, former technical director the motor manufacturer Brook Crompton, who was a pioneer of high-efficiency motors and led the development of Brook’s World Series (W) motors which won a Queens Award for Industry.

UK manufacturers want more support to help SMEs to grow

06 December, 2021

Britain’s manufacturers are calling on the Government to improve access to funding for small and medium-sized firms to help them to boost their productivity and to expand. New research published by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, shows that UK economy could be boosted by £270bn if the 75% of the SMEs with lower productivity had a similar output to the top 25%.

Research centre aims to advance smart manufacturing in UK

02 December, 2021

A new national robotics research centre is being set up to advance smart manufacturing in the UK by eliminating barriers and accelerating the widespread use of smart collaborative robotics technologies. The aim of the Made Smarter Innovation Research Centre for Smart, Collaborative Industrial Robotics is to unlock the potential of the UK industry in terms of productivity, quality and adaptability.

Portal will act as one-stop shop for smart technologies

30 November, 2021

DFA Manufacturing Media, the publisher of Drives & Controls, has launched an online portal and social media information resource called Smart Futures that will cover developments in smart technologies across a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, medical, building, agriculture, energy, security, transport and materials.

Tim Marks wins lifetime award for AEMT contributions

30 November, 2021

Tim Marks, former secretary and president of the AEMT (the Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades), has been presented with a lifetime contribution award at the Association’s annual award ceremony, held recently in Coventry, UK. He was described as “the person who has probably put more work into the AEMT than anyone else in the history of the organisation, except maybe the founders”.

Rolls-Royce plane smashes records for electric aircraft

23 November, 2021

Rolls-Royce claims to have smashed the world speed record for electrically-powered aircraft with its Spirit of Innovation plane which recently hit a top speed of 555.9 km/h (345.4 mph) over a distance of 3km – 213.04 km/h (132mph) faster than the previous record set by a Siemens-powered plane in 2017. The Rolls aircraft also recorded 532.1km/h (330 mph) over 15km – 292.8km/h (182mph) faster than the previous record – and broke the fastest time to climb to 3,000m by 60 seconds with a time of 202 seconds. Rolls-Royce has submitted the data for verification to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) which controls and certifies aeronautical records.

UK manufacturers announce their first net-zero roadmap

22 November, 2021

Make UK, the organisation that represents British manufacturers, has released the first roadmap to achieving net-zero in the UK manufacturing sector. UK manufacturers are committing to cut direct emissions generated by manufacturing processes and by indirect emissions from purchased energy by 67% by the end of this decade, putting them in line with the 1.5°C Paris Agreement goal. They also believe they can achieve net-zero by 2050, as long as they have the support and help to create the right business environment.

Automation could boost UK productivity ‘dramatically’

18 November, 2021

Speeding up the adoption of industrial automation and robotics could lead to dramatic improvements in the UK’s manufacturing productivity, according to a major new report produced by the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and Loughborough University’s Industrial Policy Research Centre (IPRC).

Saietta speeds plans by buying e-Traction from Evergrande

12 November, 2021

The UK motor manufacturer Saietta has bought the Netherlands-based drivetrain developer e-Traction from Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group (NEVG), which is owned by the troubled Chinese property giant Evergrande. This is the second UK acquisition of part of NEVG, following Bedeo’s purchase of the in-wheel motor pioneer Protean Electric earlier this month.

Bedeo buys in-wheel pioneer Protean from troubled Evergrande

04 November, 2021

Bedeo, a UK company specialising in transport electrification technologies, has acquired the in-wheel motor (IWM) pioneer Protean Electric from National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), a subsidiary of Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group – itself owned by the troubled Chinese property giant, Evergrande. The financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

£20m smart factory r&d competition targets sustainability

02 November, 2021

The Made Smarter Innovation programme has launched a collaborative research and development competition with a focus on sustainable smart factories. Consortia of UK-registered business and organisations will be able to apply for a share of up to £20m for digital innovation projects designed to reduce the carbon emissions of manufacturing processes.

UK enters the global top 15 for sales of industrial robots

28 October, 2021

The UK became one of the world’s 15 largest markets for sales of industrial robots last year, after a long absence from the league, according to a new analysis by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). The number of industrial robots installed in the UK rose by 2,205 (8%) during 2020 to reach a total of around 23,000 (6% more than in 2019), but the country was still outside the global top 20 in terms of robot density – the number of robots installed per 10,000 industrial workers.

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