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Manufacturing News, July 2018

The UK government has rejected plans to build £1.3bn Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon on grounds of cost.

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Manufacturing News, June 2018

Castings and engineering group Chamberlin has enjoyed very encouraging revenue growth after a challenging period. It had suffered technical issues at its new facility which had hit earnings and its share price, but is now ready to put those problems behind it.   While the year has delivered on their revenue expectations, margins have suffered […]

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Manufacturing News, June 2018

Hartlepool-based The Expanded Metal Company has announced that it is to benefit from major investment totalling up to £1m over 2018.   The investment programme will reportedly include the upgrading of buildings on the company’s 25,000sqm site in Hartlepool, refurbishing specialist manufacturing equipment, acquiring new machinery and replacing existing lighting with more energy efficient LED […]

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Manufacturing News, May 2018

The upturn in the UK manufacturing sector slowed further at the start of the second quarter, according to the latest Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI). Rates of expansion eased for output, new orders and employment, in part reflecting a weakening in the pace of expansion of new work from abroad. On the price front, input […]

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Manufacturing News, April 2018

A survey of more than 240 manufacturers has found a broadly positive outlook, with 52% of firms in the sector expecting to increase their staff numbers. The survey, conducted for the Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking’s Manufacturing Barometer, found that the same proportion are more positive about the UK economy than this time last year, and […]

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Manufacturing News, February 2018

  The three-month average pay settlement in January was 2.4%. This was higher than the average of 2.1% across 2017 with the average for the month of January itself a shade higher at 2.5%. Throughout 2017 there was a gradual acceleration in pay growth across the sector as inflationary pressures kicked in and business conditions […]

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Manufacturing News, December 2017

A £65m manufacturing centre of excellence is to be built near Glasgow Airport, the Scottish government has announced.   The National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS) aims to support businesses across the country and attract investment. Strathclyde University will be the anchor university for the institute.  The centre will be located at Inchinnan in Renfrewshire, […]

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Manufacturing News, November 2017

Business innovation is key to manufacturers’ success at home and overseas, and is seen as a critical part of their growth strategies, according to a new survey published by EEF and Santander.   Business innovation helps manufacturers to do things better; it also helps them to enter new export markets, as well as to seek […]

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Lloyds Bank Manufacturing Outlook, Q4 2017

UK MANUFACTURING OUTLOOK (Q4 2017) Recent data paint a more positive picture of the sector than was previously believed to be the case. Manufacturing now looks to been one of the fastest growing parts of the economy during 2017. This echoes a more global-wide acceleration in manufacturing output, reflecting an upturn in world trade. Some […]

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Manufacturing News, November 2017

UK political uncertainty, particularly around Brexit, has dented British manufacturing’s appetite to invest in new plant and machinery, according to a study published by EEF and Santander.  The EEF/Santander Annual Investment Monitor – which is based on discussions with 328 companies – claims that while demand conditions should be spurring on investment just one third […]

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Manufacturing News, October 2017

A weaker exchange rate helped the manufacturing sector expand for the 14th month in a row in September, according to a survey of purchasing managers working in the industry.   The amount of growth in new export business was close to its highest level of the past six-and-a-half years, respondents said. They cited the fall […]

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Manufacturing News, July 2017

Sheffield Forgemasters International has announced a £2m investment into its melting facility to make refined steel with reduced energy consumption. Forgemasters inward investment is part of the company’s turnaround plan and drive towards operational efficiency improvements, and follows its announcement of a new intake of apprentices for 2017 across all of its business divisions. Operations […]

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Manufacturing News, May 2017

Organisations which have introduced advanced automation into their workplace are seeing revenue growth, job creation and greater employee satisfaction, according to a new global survey. By 2018, almost half of companies (46) said they would need greater automation to handle the volume of tasks being generated. By 2020, nearly nine in 10 companies (86%) are […]

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