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                                  BUYER-SUPPLIER CONNECT
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One of the key roles of GTMA is to bring buyers and suppliers together — to give suppliers information on sectors and their needs; to give buyers access to the over 4000 manufacturing products and services on the GTMA website. We call it Buyer:Supplier Connect.
The Rolls-Royce Trent 7000, which powers Airbus’s latest air- craft, the A330neo, has received its ‘ticket to fly’ from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). It is the fourth Rolls-Royce engine given formal
certification in 12 months. The others were the Trent 1000 TEN, Trent XWB-97 and Pearl 15. The Trent 7000 will power the A330neo which enters service later this year and made its first appearance at Farnborough where Chris Cholerton, Rolls- Royce President, Civil Aerospace (pictured), said: “Certifying and delivering the Trent 7000 engine further strengthens our position on the latest generation of aircraft.”
Luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin has set its sights on a float on the stock exchange as it continues its turnaround. Having been bankrupt seven times in its history, the company is likely to seek a valuation of around £5 billion. Profits in the first six months rose to a record £20.8m, while revenues climbed 8% to £449.9m. Rising volumes in the coming years, and new high margin models such as a forthcoming utility vehicle, may help the group achieve a valua-
tion similar to Ferrari’s. Its turn- around follows a new strategy under former Nissan executive Andy Parmer.
Plans have been announced for what is described as the UK’s “largest independent vehicle bat- tery manufacturer” to open in early 2019 in Coventry It will cre- ate around 90 new jobs with Aston Martin as its first cus- tomer. The multi-million-pound, high-tech facility is a new joint venture, Hyperbat, between Williams Advanced Engineering and Unipart Manufacturing Group.
Toyota GB Managing Director, Paul Van Der Burgh, has wel- comed the opening of a new hydrogen fuel filling station at Johnson Matthey’s premises in Swindon, the seventh by energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power. Its location helps build a chain of hydrogen fuel sites from Essex to the Orkney Islands. “It is another step
towards realising the wider ben- efits of hydrogen as a clean and sustainable energy in the future – a key mission for Toyota glob- ally,” he said. The station gener- ates its hydrogen on-site, so no
deliveries are required. Its elec- tricity supply is via a renewable energy contract.
HS2 Ltd set out its programme of skills, employment and edu- cation interventions to ensure the UK not only has the skills to deliver the HS2 project, but to become a worldwide leader in high speed rail. In a special announcement in September it said over 7,000 roles are already supported and that “a whole generation of engineers, design- ers, architects and geologists” will benefit from the construction of the new high speed railway as the project gears up to support 30,000 jobs and create opportu- nities for British businesses to upskill their workforce.
Boeing has announced a total of $98.4 billion in orders and com-
mitments for commercial air- planes at list prices, and $2.1 billion in commercial and defence services orders and agreements, following its atten- dance at Farnborough. The result strengthened its position as the global leader of the aero- space industry.
In an outstanding week for order capture in commercial aviation, its customers announced 673 orders and commitments, reflecting a continued resur- gence in demand for freighters and strong order activity for the 737 MAX and 787 passenger airplanes. Boeing also secured 48 orders and commitments for the 777F and five for the 747- 8F, reflecting continued cargo market strength.
Dyson has unveiled plans for a 10-mile test track in Wiltshire where its new electric cars will be put through their paces. The track and other facilities are part of a plan to start selling a “radi- cal” electric car from 2021.
Best known for its electrical appliances such as vacuum cleaners and hair dryers, the UK company is now focusing on entering the electric vehicle space. It has trademarked the term “Digital Motor” in Europe, as it prepares to launch the first of several new electric vehicles.
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