With not a single order placed by an airline for the Airbus A380 so far in 2014, Airbus Chief Financial Officer, Harald Wilhelm, has told investors in London that the plane maker will need to make big changes if the jumbo is to continue production beyond 2018. French engineering company Alstom is said to be close to settling a record $700m payment to the US Justice Department to settle a foreign bribery case relating to its overseas operations in countries such as Indonesia. Southern Power a subsidiary of Southern Co. yesterday announced plans to develop a 131-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) solar project in Georgia capable of generating enough electricity to power 21,000 homes. Faulty airbags made by Takata, which have so far been responsible for five deaths and 50 injuries, have resulted in 21 million global vehicle recalls since 2008 from brands including Nissan, Toyota and Honda. New York State has become the first US state with considerable natural gas reserves to ban the controversial extraction technique known as fracking. Skills Gap Programme Director at the D&T Association, Cheryl Philips, stresses the importance of the manufacturing industry working with educators to ensure the next generation of engineers. Boeing has commenced construction of its new 367,000 sq ft composites facility which will build parts for the new 777X, with delivery of the first plane expected in 2020. Renewable energy expert Deyang Qu has been named as the Johnson Controls Endowed Professor in Energy Storage Research, a collaborative appointment between the company, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI). President Engineering Group Ltd (PEGL) discuss how Exel’s EFACS 8.2 aids them to handle every part of day-to-day business. The manufacturing sector is crucial to the revival of the UK economy. It is the growth of SMEs within the sector that will support an economic recovery.