Bus maker Optare confirms £18 million South African deal

The Optare Solo SR midibus model
Posted on 20 Dec 2011 by Tim Brown

UK bus manufacturer Optare has signed a contract worth up to £18 million under which it will supply 190 of its Solo SR midibus model to the City of Cape Town.

The fleet of buses will form a key element of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network being introduced by the City Council as part of a world-class Integra…

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…

IMechE reveals finalists for Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2012

Posted on 18 Nov 2011 by

The finalists for The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards have been announced.

The final shortlist of the IMechE’s MX Awards reveal some familiar manufacturing high achievers, as well as some new entries to the awards programme.

Entries from across the spe…

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 …

£25m R&D funding for green vehicle production

Business Secretary Vince Cable announced an additional £10m of funding for the production of environmentally friendly vehicles, after pledging £15m for the same cause in October.

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) decided to channel the funding available to it through the Technology S…

Cable pledges to slash red tape for apprenticeships

Posted on 16 Nov 2011 by

The Government has announced new measures to increase the uptake and effectiveness of apprenticeships, which includes cutting red tape to help companies acquire apprentices more quickly.


Business Secretary Vince Cable introduced the measures as figures released today show youth unem…