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Autodesk buys Delcam in a deal valuing it at £172m

07 November, 2013

Autodesk, the US-based developer of AutoCad, is buying Delcam, the British supplier of manufacturing software, in a deal that values the UK business at £172.5m. The transaction will be structured as a cash offer for all of Delcam's shares and is expected to close in Autodesk’s first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Government pledges £49m to help tackle the skills shortage

05 November, 2013

The British government has pledged nearly £49m of funding to develop engineering skills in the UK in response to a major report that highlights the skills shortages faced by the UK and recommends ways to tackle them.

‘Manufacturing must continue to play a key role in UK economy’

04 November, 2013

If manufacturing does not continue to play a powerful role in the UK economy, the country risks being left behind its international competitors, a new Government report has warned.

Eaton invests £3.8m in Worksop switch plant

01 November, 2013

Eaton has invested more than £3.8m in its Worksop site in the UK where it manufactures rotary cam switches and switch disconnectors. The investment has increased the plant’s capacity to meet the growing global demand for the company’s switches.

Swappage scheme offers £4,000 off a new robot

30 October, 2013

ABB has launched a scheme that will allow UK manufacturers to trade in old robots and get a discount of up to £4,000 off the cost of a new robot. The scheme, which is part of ABB’s drive to encourage the take-up of robotic automation in UK manufacturing, is open to end-users from any industry.

UK manufacturers’ optimism hits a three-year high

24 October, 2013

Optimism among UK manufacturers has risen at the fastest rate since April 2010 as orders and output continued to grow steadily in the three months to October, according to the latest quarterly Industrial Trends Survey from the CBI (Conferderation of British Industry).

EEF’s HR consultancy aims to help companies to grow

23 October, 2013

EEF, the UK manufacturers’ organisation, is launching an HR (human resources) consultancy to help manufacturers to adapt their businesses from survival mode to take advantage of the recovery.

Transmission distributor demerges from Indian partner

22 October, 2013

The original owners of the power transmission distributor, Distag, which joined forces with the Indian manufacturer Pix Transmission in 1999 to form Pix Europe, have bought back their share of the business and set up a new company to distribute Pix products in the UK and Ireland. Pix will continue to sell its products in mainland Europe through PIX Transmissions Europe.

Most UK manufacturers want to stay in the EU

14 October, 2013

An overwhelming majority (85%) of British manufacturers believe that that the UK must remain part of the European Union, according to a survey of members of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. The manufacturers say that EU membership is critical to exports, and that the economic benefits far outweigh concerns about regulation or the repatriation of powers.

Motor Driven Systems kicks off UK tour in Scotland

14 October, 2013

The first in a series of one-day conferences on saving energy in motor-driven apparatus has taken place in Scotland. The Motor Driven Systems (MDS) conferences are aimed at helping industry professionals to generate financial savings from their motor-driven installations.

23% of SMEs have failed to invoice for work

07 October, 2013

Small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses in the UK could be losing out on millions of pounds as a result of poor internal systems, according to a new survey which reveals that almost a quarter (23%) of SME manufacturers have forgotten to invoice for goods or services at least once.

Campaign aims to raise profile of SME manufacturers

04 October, 2013

The British government’s Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) has launched a campaign aimed at raising the profile of SME (small to medium sized) manufacturers in England and role they play in driving economic growth. The sector includes more than 80,000 businesses employing 1.1 million people and contributes £140bn to GDP.

UK manufacturing sector maintains ‘stellar’ performance

01 October, 2013

The UK manufacturing sector continued to expand during September, to deliver its strongest quarterly performance since the first quarter of 2011. The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) expanded for the sixth successive month, and the labour market also showed further signs of improvement, with the rate of job creation hitting a 28-month peak.

Awards will recognise skills achievements in the UK

30 September, 2013

Semta, the employer-led organisation that fosters skills in engineering, manufacturing and science in the UK, has announced plans for an awards scheme that will recognise the achievements of people, businesses and training partners across the sector.

£400m boost for engineering and science education

30 September, 2013

David Willetts, the British government minister for universities and science, has announced plans to invest £200m in new teaching facilities for science and engineering at UK universities. The Government funding will be matched by an equal contribution from the private sector, which could be in the form of gifts such as equipment.

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