GKN saw profits rise for the first half of 2014 despite a cut in UK defence spending and the strength of the pound affecting sales.

GKN profits rise in spite of strengthening pound

Aerospace and automotive parts maker GKN, one of the UK’s largest manufacturers, announced a rise in profits for the first half of 2014 despite seeing its sales affected by the strength of the pound. Profits...
Signing off the deal is (form left) Tom Greenshields, National Accounts Director for JCB dealer Greenshields JCB; Asif Latief, A-Plant Marketing and Strategic Accounts Director; JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald and JCB UK & Ireland Sales Director Dan Thompstone.

JCB signs £35m heavy machinery deal with hire company A-Plant

The rapidly growing UK heavy machinery market has received another boost with a new multi-million pound contract signed between JCB and hire company, A-Plant. JCB has secured an order for more than 1,000 machines from...
Quantum buys premises with seven-figure funding

Quantum buys premises with seven-figure funding

Building products manufacturer, Quantum Profile Systems has bought its premises in Oldham with a funding package from Lloyds Bank and the North West Fund. The seven-figure investment will increase capacity to meet a boost in...
UK’s largest coffee roaster comes to Lincoln

UK’s largest coffee roaster comes to Lincoln

UK coffee roasting firm, Lincoln & York have installed a 600kg coffee bean roaster, reported to be the largest machine of its kind in the UK. The machine, imported from Brambati, Italy, has taken eight...
BMW reveals solar powered robots

BMW reveals solar powered robots

BMW announced the completion of the installation of its 3MW rooftop solar array at its Mini factory in Oxford yesterday. The project is expected to produce enough green energy to power 850 homes. The majority...
Delivery of HMS Prince of Wales begins

Delivery of HMS Prince of Wales begins

A huge section of hull for HMS Prince of Wales, the second aircraft carrier being delivered to the Royal Navy, departed BAE Systems in Glasgow today on a 600 mile journey to Rosyth, where final...
Bentley awarded for environmental efforts

Bentley awarded for environmental efforts

Bentley Motors has become the first automotive manufacturer to be awarded the triple Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste reduction by The Carbon Trust, a leading independent authority on delivering carbon reduction...
More jobs for Coventry as Chinese company Detank sets up shop

More jobs for Coventry as Chinese company Detank sets up shop

More jobs are to be created in Coventry after Chinese earthmoving equipment manufacturer Datank announced it will open its new UK headquarters in the Midlands. The company has established itself as one of the forerunners...
Fracking gets the green light in Britain

Fracking gets the green light in Britain

The bidding process for companies seeking licences to explore for onshore oil and gas by means of fracking has opened today. However, due to the controversial drilling technique, the licences will only provide the first...
Data from the ONS shows UK manufacturing grew for a fifth consecutive quarter but saw its weakest growth in over a year.

UK GDP returns to pre-crisis levels as manufacturing slows

The UK economy is now above pre-recession levels, but the growth of its manufacturing sector slowed, according to new data released today. The Office of National Statistics findings show the UK’s GDP grew 0.8% in...

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