Pilkington to shed 150 jobs at sites in St Helens

There has been a global fall in demand for building and automotive glass
Posted on 3 Feb 2012 by

The owner of glass manufacturer Pilkington, Nippon Sheet Glass, announced plans to lay off 150 UK employees by the end of April 2012 today.

Nippon Sheet Glass (NSG), which is in the process of cutting 3,500 jobs worldwide, will close one of its production lines in the UK in a move to cut costs by 20bn ye…

Burberry reports strong sales despite lacklustre US market

Posted on 18 Jan 2012 by Tim Brown

Despite a sharp slowdown in US sales growth, British luxury brand Burberry Group has reported strong sales growth through Christmas, driven by the brand’s continued popularity in Asia.

The 156-year old company said that increased sales of leather goods and outerwear, including its famous tre…

Manchester Hosiery saved from liquidation

Palm Cotton, clothing
Posted on 5 Jan 2012 by

Thirty jobs have been saved at the clothing manufacturer after Dains LLP, administrators of the firm since April, announced the sale of the company to Hong Kong-based Aikon International.

The deal has been completed for an undisclosed sum and sees Aikon International, a supplier of thermal and ho…

Jump the dump

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 by

In November 2011 Crown Paints announced that its two UK manufacturing facilities had achieved targets to become zero waste to landfill. By the time this article is published, its 130 shops and decorating centres will also have attained this status. Jane Gray talks to Mark Lloyd, sustainability ma

Textile manufacturer drives expansion plans forward

(l-r) Ashley Wild, Joanne Williamson, Stewart McGuffie (Allied Textiles' chief executive) and Steven McGawn.
Posted on 1 Dec 2011 by

Allied Textiles has embarked upon a major investment programme to upgrade its technical capability in the manufacture of technical textiles.

The company has received a loan from Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets in order to fund the new investment, although the figure is undisclosed.

Allied Textil…

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…

Export strategy: Details of the CBI’s plans to boost exports

Posted on 21 Nov 2011 by

A new report by the CBI and Ernst & Young asks the Government to reform its exports strategy so that companies, especially SMEs, can capitalise on new export markets more effectively than they are currently doing.

‘Winning overseas: boosting business export performance’ urges the Governmen…

New £1m engineering prize revealed

Posted on 17 Nov 2011 by

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was launched today, with leaders from all the main political parties in attendance to praise the new award.

The £1 million prize will be awarded every two years in the name of Her Majesty the Queen. It will go to an individual or team of up to three people, of any …