Employee of the month: Phil Burns

Phil Burns MBE in front of an image of the Queen Elizabeth class, one of the projects he worked on
Posted on 8 Mar 2012 by

Phil Burns, Engineering Manager, BAE Systems Submarine Solutions, took up his craft apprenticeship at a time when they were a major entry route to a career in manufacturing and engineering. Thirty-nine years later, he is due to meet with the Queen to receive an MBE for services to the defence industry. Here he talks to TM about his recent recognition and skills for success.

BAE Systems begins construction of next aircraft carrier

BAE Systems is working in partnership with other defence companies and organisations with operations in the UK, including Babcock, Thales UK and the Ministry of Defence
Posted on 17 Feb 2012 by

Work has begun on ‘Block 2’ of the second new aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales. Commander-in-Chief Fleet Admiral George Zambellas cut the first steel in a ceremony at BAE Systems’ Portsmouth production facility to mark the occasion.

The section under construction at BAE Systems’ Portsmouth…

UKIP calls on Govt to intervene in BAE shipbuilding review

Posted on 8 Feb 2012 by Tim Brown

The UK Independence Party has called on the government to intervene in a review of UK operations being carried out by defence firm BAE Systems in order to future-proof the Royal Navy shipbuilding industry in England.

BAE has engaged LEK Consulting to review the UK arm of its business. According to UK…

Rolls-Royce secures £10m marine order

A Rolls-Royce designed UT755 offshore support vessel
Posted on 12 Dec 2011 by Tim Brown

Rolls-Royce has secured an order worth close to £10m to design and equip two offshore supply vessels for ship owner Gulf Offshore North Sea.

The two UT755 XL designs will be built at the Rosetti Marino SpA shipyard in Ravenna, Italy, with expected delivery in 2013 and 2014. In addition to the design, R…

Progress on sector agreements at UN Climate Change summit in Durban

Posted on 1 Dec 2011 by

Helen Drury, senior climate and environment policy advisor at EEF, the UK manufacturer’s organisation, reports from Durban:

While the negotiations on an international agreement might be up in the air at the moment, there seems to be some progress in other forum.

The International Chambe…

Who’s heading where in manufacturing?

Posted on 23 Nov 2011 by


The Board of Directors of Tata Sons unanimously recommended Mr. Cyrus P. Mistry as deputy chairman. He will work with Mr. Ratan N. Tata over the next year and take over from him when Mr. Tata retires in December 2012. This is as per the unanimous recommendation of the Selection Committ…