Borrowing still difficult for UK manufacturers, EEF says

Posted on 27 Feb 2012 by

Credit conditions for manufacturing companies have eased slightly at the beginning of this year compared with the end of 2011, but they remain an issue, a survey from manufacturers’ organisation EEF finds.

In the absence of consistent signs of an improving trend, EEF said more should be done to i…

JCB chairman urges PM to cut taxes on manufacturing

Manufacturing sentiment is low among UK manufacturers, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey
Posted on 27 Feb 2012 by

Presenting a report to Prime Minister David Cameron, Sir Anthony Bamford, chairman of JCB, called for new measures to be taken to ensure UK manufacturing doesn’t fall behind international competition.

The report urged Government to do more to incentivise capital investment and increase the p…

Engineering orders soar at the start of 2012

CKF in action. Automation and Robotics
Posted on 22 Feb 2012 by

There was a big increase in the number of firms reporting orders up in January according to the Engineering and Machinery Alliance business monitor.

The Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA), which is an umbrella organisation of like-minded associations such as British Automation and Robo…

Brandauer celebrates 150th anniversary with order boost

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 by

Birmingham-based precision pressings and stamping specialist Brandauer announced a number of new contracts worth £3.5m as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.

The family-owned company, which employs 50 people, will begin production on a range of new complex components destined for the auto…

Q4 output fall belies strong exports and investment, says Eversheds

Manufacturing sentiment is low among UK manufacturers, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey
Posted on 10 Feb 2012 by

Industrial output fell for the third consecutive quarter at the end of 2011, it was revealed this week. The UK Index of Production measures the output of all production industries in the UK including manufacturing. But production in December rallied and manufacturing output rallied to rise 1%


EXHEAT integrates PLM and Microsoft AX

Posted on 6 Feb 2012 by Tim Brown

In any manufacturing business, bill of material maintenance is a chore.  But in a project-centric, engineered-to-order manufacturing business, it’s a downright dangerous chore.

Make a mistake, in short, and the consequences can be painful. For if the ‘as built’ or ‘as manufactured…

The Naked Engineer: stripping industry issues bare

Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by

This month NE, our anonymous manufacturing columnist, strikes a blow for engineering professionalism and lays out bold plans for protecting the status of British Engineers.

To create, build, engineer and manufacture something with integrity takes a deep knowledge of nature. The molecular str…

DavyMarkham to address international trade conference

Posted on 30 Jan 2012 by

Heavy engineers DavyMarkham will explain to business leaders how it won contracts in South America at a networking event run by UK Trade and Investment in York in February.

Sales director Gordon Scott has been invited to present at the ‘Journey through Latin America’ conference at the Royal Yo…