Advanced Engineering 2016 - National Exhibition Centre, 02 - 03 November 2016

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On 2nd November at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham, Composites UK announced the winners of its 2016 industry awards at its prestigious black-tie awards dinner.

The event, which takes place alongside the Advanced Engineering Show, saw 240 people from all over the world come together.

Date: 08 November 2016

Source: Composites UK

Strathclyde’s ‘silent lookout’ wins European Satellite Navigation Competition

Industry news

Strathclyde University has won Europe’s biggest space technology innovation competition for its work on a low-cost early detection system for UAVs.

Date: 28 October 2016

Source: The Engineer

Pedal to the metal: A big week for automotive

Industry news

Plenty of food for thought from the automotive sector this week. On Thursday, news came through that Nissan had committed to build the new Qashqai and X-Trail SUV at the company’s Sunderland plant. It’s a move that should secure 7,000 jobs in the North East for the near future, but it inevitably raises questions as to what commitments have been given to the Japanese OEM to retain its loyalty.

Date: 28 October 2016

Source: The Engineer

Managing Industry 4.0

Industry news

The new head of Festo UK reflects on her varied career, and discusses why engineering needs to attract more young people from both sexes. Andrew Wade reports.

Date: 18 October 2016

Source: The Engineer

Hydrogen-powered Toyota wins Monte Carlo e-rally

Industry news

A Toyota Mirai powered by a hydrogen fuel cell has claimed first place at the inaugural Monte Carlo e-rally, an FIA event open only to zero-emissions vehicles.

Date: 21 October 2016

Source: https://www.theengineer.co.uk/hydrogen-powered-toyota-wins-monte-carlo-e-rally/The Engineer

RNLI selects SC Innovation to design new variant of Shannon Lifeboat Launch & Recovery System

Exhibitor news

SC Innovation has been awarded the contract to design the first new variant of the Shannon Launch & Recovery System (SL&RS) since it entered service three years ago for the RNLI’s new all-weather lifeboat. The SL&RS is a 20.2m long high-mobility tractor and powered tracked carriage system, which was designed and developed over a decade by SC Innovation with the RNLI’s Engineering Project Team to launch the Shannon independently of slipways and harbours.

 

Date: October

Source: SC Innovation

DNG rolls out new tailor-made switched-mode power supply service to the open market

Exhibitor news

Birmingham, UK, 2 November 2016. Specialist power supply design and manufacturing company DNG UK Ltd is launching its bespoke power design technology onto the open market.

 

Date: October 2016

Source: DNG UK Ltd

Smart Tools for the Airbus Factory of the Future

Industry news

Today’s aerospace factory floor is nothing like the hectic, noisy production facility of the past. The latest techniques, designs, and equipment make modern manufacturing efficient, organised, and structured. And what about tomorrow? The future of the aircraft factory is pushing emerging technologies to improve the competitiveness of Airbus manufacturing processes where manual operations are still predominant today.

Date: 26 October 2016

Source: The Engineer

Career opportunities in the rail sector

Industry news

With major projects underway including London’s new East-West rail link, Crossrail, new intercity trains being built for two of the UK’s main lines, and plans for High Speed Two (HS2) steaming ahead, the industry is facing a very busy period.

Date: 23 October 2016

Source: The Engineer

All Tesla cars to have autonomous capability

Industry news

Tesla is to install hardware for full autonomous operation in all its cars, but it will only be activated when the company has proved it is safe.

Date: 20 October 2016

Source: The Engineer

Industry 4.0 could move mass customisation into the automotive mainstream

Industry news

When BMW developed the first edition of its modern Mini, which went on sale in 2000, it pioneered the notion of mass customisation in the automotive sector. With hundreds of options to choose from both inside and outside the car, the number of possible permutations was extensive.

Date: 19 October 2016

Source: The Engineer

Hexcel Amends and Extends Contract with Airbus Group

Industry news

Two of Hexcel’s key contracts to supply advanced composites to Airbus Group have been amended which Hexcel expects generate total sales of $15 billion for the duration.

Date: 18 October 2016

Source: Net Composites

Failure analysis pinpoints OEM engine flaw

Industry news

Automotive engineering firm Ricardo and failure analysis specialists Axiom have helped identify a crankshaft problem causing engine failures for one of the world’s biggest car manufacturers.

Date: 12 October 2016

Source: The Engineer

The Success of the Composites Innovation Cluster - Final Public Event

Industry news

The Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) is the largest single collaborative R&D programme in the composites industry.

After five years of work with a total spend of £22m, revolutionising the lightweighting of composites, this event will bring together government and industry to share the positive impact the Cluster has had on the composites supply chain as the programme comes to a successful close.

Date: 06 October 2016

Source: Composites Innovation Cluster

Applied Graphene Materials – non-disruptive application, multi-functional properties

Industry news

 

Applied Graphene Materials (AGM), the producer of synthesised specialty graphene nanoplatelets (A-GNPs) and master dispersions is starting to supply first production orders to customers within the company’s target Composites, Polymers and Coatings industries.

 

Date: October

Source: Applied Graphene Materials

Kyocera SGS to launch free regrind service, Tool4Life, at Advanced Engineering

Exhibitor news

On stand L40 at the Advanced Engineering Show taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 2nd and 3rd November, Kyocera SGS will launch a new service called Tool4Life that includes two replacements for worn tooling at no extra cost. The service will be offered with the company’s Z-Carb HPR high-performance end mills of 10 mm diameter or above.

Date: 19 October 2016

Source: Kyocera SGS Precision Tools

PulPress Technology with ROHACELL®

Indsutry news

Large volumes at reasonable prices—often that goal is a contradiction in terms when it comes to producing fiber-reinforced composite materials. PulPress technology developed by Evonik in cooperation with Secar Technologies demonstrates how it could be achieved by using a novel continuous process to make sandwich profile components from composites.

Date: October

Source: Evonik

Millennial misgivings could put brakes on autonomy

Industry news

Discussions surrounding the future of mobility often focus on vehicle autonomy, which is unsurprising given that IHS Automotive predicts global sales of nearly 21 million self-driving units in 2035.

Date:10 October 2016

Source: The Engineer

BAE Systems in arms talks with Saudi Arabia

Industry news

BAE Systems has disclosed it is in talks over a multi-billion-pound arms contract with Saudi Arabia.

Date: 06 OCtober 2016

Source: BBC News

Formula E: Mercedes takes option to join electric motor series

Industry news

Formula 1 champions Mercedes could enter Formula E after taking an option to join the electric motor racing series in 2018-19.

Date: 04 October 2016

Source: BBC Sport

Non-woven material shows potential as e-textile

Industry news

A PhD student at Nottingham Trent University is pioneering so-called ‘space cloth’, a non-woven material made from yarn that has potential as an e-textile.

Date: 03 October 2016

Source: The Engineer

Elon Musk outlines Mars colony vision

Indsutry news

Entrepreneur Elon Musk has outlined his vision for establishing a human colony on Mars for people that can afford a $200,000 ticket price.

Date: 27 September 2016

Source: BBC news

AGUSTAWESTLAND MERLIN: ‘GAPGUN’ REDUCES PANEL INSPECTION TIME BY ALMOST 90 PER CENT

Industry news

Trials by Leonardo Helicopters of the GapGun measurement system from Third Dimension have reduced MRO inspection times for interior and exterior composite panels by almost 90 per cent, in early results.

 

Date: October 2016

Sourece: Third Dimension

Qatar Airways, Boeing to hold news conference in Washington DC

Industry news

Gulf carrier Qatar Airways and Boeing (BA.N) will hold a news conference on Friday, a spokeswoman for Qatar Airways told Reuters on Wednesday, as a big sale of Boeing widebody jetliners looked close to being clinched.

Date: 4 October 2016

Source: Reuters

Aston Martin powerboat revealed in Monaco

Indsutry news

The 37-foot Aston Martin AM37 powerboat made its world debut at the Monaco Yacht Show today, marking the luxury British brand’s entry into the nautical world. The new day-cruiser is offered in two versions with the AM37S expected to reach speeds of 50 knots

Date: 29 September 2016

Source:
Motorsport Newswire

AMRC Design and Prototyping Group to showcase world - class facility to local industry

Industry news

Innovative design solutions developed using state of the art technologies come to life inside the Design, Prototype and Testing Centre. The centre is part of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing and home to its Design and Prototyping Group.

Date: September 2016

Source: AMRC

Industry news

Cloud-based software is helping 3D printing realise its true potential. Evelyn Adams reports.

Date: 20th September 2016

Source: https://www.theengineer.co.uk/3d-printing-in-the-cloud/The Engineer

Virtual Prediction of Tank Sloshing Coupled with Crash Testing

Industry news

Thanks to its new water flow module,ESI Virtual Performance Solution enables predictive crash simulation by accounting for fluid mass and momentum influence during a crash event. This is breakthrough technology propelling innovation forward, which also includes the ability to use it on hybrid and electric vehicles.

Date: September 2016

Source: file:///T:/ADVANCED%20ENGINEERING/2016/PR/Indsutry%20news/ESI_Creating%20a%20Virtual%20Prototype%20of%20a%20fuel%20tank%20in%20a%20crash%20scenario.pdfESI Group

Autonomous Systems - Spider Workers

Industry news

The next step in 3D printing could be something called mobile manufacturing. Siemens researchers in Princeton, New Jersey have developed prototype spider-like robots that can work collaboratively to print structures and surfaces, thus potentially accelerating production of large-scale, complex structures such as the fuselages of planes and the hulls of ships.

Date: April 2016

Source: Siemens

Industry warns against “clumsy” Brexit plan

Industry news

A new report urges the Government to hold its nerve and avoid rushing through a ‘clumsy’ Brexit plan that could do lasting damage to UK manufacturing and the wider economy.

Date: 21 September 2016

Source: The Engineer

£84m for UK low carbon propulsion technologies

Industry news

Coventry’s Advanced Propulsion Centre has announced £84m of fresh funding for a series of new low carbon propulsion projects.

Date: 15 September 2016

Source: The Engineer

Mini drone performs autonomous stunt manoeuvres

Industry news

Our video this week comes courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania, where researchers have developed a mini drone capable of extremely tight autonomous manoeuvres.

Date: 15 September 2016

Source: The Engineer

Aliancys, Daimler and Menzolit Show New Roads for Collaboration in the Automotive Value Chain

Industry news

Aliancys, Daimler and Menzolit have successfully improved smc technology for use in top-range Mercedes passenger cars.

Date: 13 September 2016

Source: Net Composites

Additive and machining come together

Industry news

Progressive Technology and Innovate 2 Make (i2M) have joined forces to create a new manufacturing business that brings together precision machining and metal 3D printing.

Date: 13 September 2016

Source: Engineering Capacity

Exciting plans for 760mph Hyperloop train across Britain that would travel from Manchester to London in 18 minutes

Industry news

A futuristic trainline could be set to revolutionise Britain's transport system.

Date: 08 September 2016

Source: MSN

Electromagnetic simulation software makes free content available in resource library

Industry news

As part of Opera’s commitment to providing the best expertise in electromagnetic simulation, they offer a wide selection of on-demand webinars, validation studies, news and technical papers.

Date: 22 August 2016 

Source: Opera

UK builds 1m cars in first seven months of year for first time since 2004

industry news

Car production increases by 7.6% in July to 126,566, taking total since the start of 2016 past 1 million mark, SMMT figures show

Date: 25 August 2016

Source: The Guardian

Airlander 10: Longest aircraft damaged during flight

industry news

The world's longest aircraft - the Airlander 10 - has been damaged after nosediving on landing during its second test flight.

Date: 24 August 2016 

Source: BBC

How the UK aerospace industry can fly post-Brexit

industry news

Barry Warburton, Aerospace and Advanced Engineering Sector Specialist at Invest Bristol & Bath, explains why its vital for the aerospace industry to act now if it is to succeed outside the EU

 

Date: 16 August 2016 

Source: The Engineer

Sheffield Forgemasters wins US submarine deals

Industry news

The engineering specialist will create castings for the US Ohio submarine replacement programm. 

Date: 09 August 2016 

Source: IMechE

Airlander 10 completes first hangar exit

Industry news

Airlander 10 has left its hangar at Cardington Airfield to commence a brief series of ground systems tests before its first flight.

Date: 08 August 2016

Source: IMechE

UK manufacturers still wary of borrowing from banks

Industry news

The report by the EEF found that 55% of firms are holding more cash on their balance sheets compared to pre-recession level. 

Date: 08 August 2016

Source: IMechE

Video of the week: SPIDER finds and fixes holes in hybrid airship

Industry news

This week’s video comes from Lockheed Martin Skunk Works where hybrid air vehicles are being added to an aviation inventory that includes the SR-71 Blackbird and F-22 Raptor.

Date: 04 August 2016 

Source: The Engineer

Catapult centres team up to deliver novel cutting fluids for Aerospace

Industry news

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is to be part of a UK based collaboration to develop groundbreaking metal cutting fluids for the aerospace and nuclear industries.

Date: 01 August 2016

Source: https://www.uk-cpi.com/news/catapult-centres-team-deliver-novel-cutting-fluids-aerospace/CPI

Q&A: Gerhard Steiger

Industry news

Bosch's president of chassis systems control discusses the challenges and implications of fully autonomous vehicles and what hurdles are left to overcome.

Date: 01 August 2016

Source: Automotive Engineer

 

Exova Tests Robot Bike’s New Design for the Future of Cycling

Industry news

Exova recently provided testing services on the carbon fibre tubing of Robot Bike’s R160 customised bike frame.

Date: 26 July 2016

Source: Net Composites

Video of the week: Oxbotica unveils driverless software

Industry News

Oxford-based technology firm Oxbotica has officially launched its Selenium software, which will play a key role in upcoming autonomous driving trials in Greenwich and Milton Keynes.

Date: 21 July 2016 

Source: The Engineer

Opinion: Why Lithium Will See Another Price Spike This Fall

industry news

So far, lithium has been the hottest metal of 2016, beating out gold, with exponential demand expected over the coming years. Although the price trajectory of the metal has been subdued in recent months, the fundamentals behind the long-term trajectory suggest strong potential for long-term growth.

Date: 20 July 2016 

Source: Green Car Congress

Siemens commence tests on 707s for South West Trains

Industry news

Trains destined to operate between London Waterloo and Windsor are undergoing tests on a dedicated test track in Germany.

 

Date:16 July 2016

Source: The Engineer

Major Tim Peake Lands at the Farnborough International Airshow

Industry news

In Major Tim Peake’s first official UK appearance since landing following his epic journey to the International Space Station, he:

  • Officially opened Futures Day at the Farnborough Airshow
  • Presented Year 7 and 8 pupils with the Runners Up award at the International Rocketry Final
  • The Rocketry Final saw Abbeyfield School compete with teams from the US, France and Japan

Date: 15 July 2016 

Source: ADS Group

Video of the week: Co-bots lend a hand on Ford’s production line

Industry news

This week’s video comes from Ford’s assembly plant in Cologne, Germany where workers are being assisted by collaborative robots – aka co-bots – to fit shock absorbers onto Ford Fiestas.

Date: 14 July 2016 

Source: The Engineer

FARNBOROUGH: Show pushes Airbus net total to 380

Industry news

Airbus has increased net orders this year to 380 aircraft following the close of business at the Farnborough air show.

Date: 14 July 2016 

Source: Flight Global

UK Space Agency invests £4m in National Propulsion Test Facility

Industry news

UK researchers will be able to test and develop space propulsion technologies at a new National Propulsion Test Facility that is to be based at a key location for British rocketry research. The UK Space Agency is investing £4.12m in the new facility that will be located at Westcott in Buckinghamshire, a location with a strong history of propulsion research for defence and space development.

Date: 12 July 2016

Source: The Engineer

UK’s Aerospace Industry to Benefit From a Day of Major Orders at the Farnborough International Airshow

Industry news

Day two at the Farnborough International Airshow saw an intense amount of activity with orders worth up to £4.5bn to the UK aerospace industry announced. The most significant order came from Air Asia who confirmed the purchase of 100 Airbus A321neos (A320neo family), with another 100 options.

Date: 13 July 2016

Source: ADS Group

Aerospace research & technology gets £365 million funding through the Aerospace Technology Institute

Industry news

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that government and industry have committed to providing almost £365 million of funding for new aerospace technologies through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). It is the largest batch of research & technology (R&T) projects to be granted funding since the ATI was created in 2013.

Date: 13 July 2016 

Source: Aerospace Technology Institute

The total network: how the internet of things is reshaping our world

Industry news

The revolution that will see billions of connected devices is increasingly driven by industry, and not just the tech companies that once led the way. Andrew Wade reports

Date: 11 July 2016 

Source: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/the-total-network-how-the-internet-of-things-is-reshaping-our-world/?cmpid=tenews_2507136The Engineer

Strong Start to the Farnborough International Airshow

Industry news

David Cameron opened the Farnborough International Airshow yesterday in what will be remembered as one of his final duties as Prime Minister. He was joined by Sir Richard Branson who signed a deal with Airbus for 12 Airbus A350s.

Date: 11 July 2016

Source: ADS Group

BAE claims aviation first with laser airspeed sensor

Industry news

Engineers at BAE Systems have successfully trialled a highly accurate laser airspeed sensor that they claim could improve the performance and safety of future aircraft.

Date: 13 July 2016

Source: The Engineer

Boeing commits future plans to UK despite Brexit

Industry News

US aerospace giant Boeing has announced plans to establish a new £100m servicing facility in the UK and double its workforce in the country over the next few years, in spite of the UK's Brexit referendum result.

Date: 11 July 2016

Source: Engineering and Technolody Magazine

UK government pledges fundamental reform of technical education

Industry news

Following an independent review of technical education in the UK, the government has today unveiled ground-breaking plans to create new post-GCSE options aimed at encouraging more young people to consider a career in engineering.

Date: 08 July 2016

Source: The Engineer

First custom-built steel foundry commissioned since 1980’s to bolster UK steel casting innovation

Industry news

The first custom-built steel foundry to be commissioned in the UK since the early 1980’s has been unveiled at AMRC Castings, part of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing.

Date: 07 July 2016

Source: AMRC

 

High-pressure graphene press produces new crystalline structures

Industry news

Researchers at Manchester University are formulating new crystalline structures at room temperature by placing compounds in a so-called nano-press made from graphene.

Date: 07 July 2016

Source: The Engineer

Diversity is key to post-Brexit prosperity

Industry news

Only by embracing difference and recognising the positive impact of diversity can we maintain the level of skills we will need to prosper outside the EU, says EngineeringUK’s chief executive.

Date: 07 July 2016 

Source: The Engineer

NASA successfully tests rocket booster

Industry news

This was the last full-scale test for the booster before SLS’s first uncrewed test flight with NASA’s Orion spacecraft in late 2018.

Date: 07 July 2016

Source: Composites World

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing unveil radical hypercar

Industry News

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing reveal their ground-breaking hypercar; codenamed AM-RB 001, it's designed with never before seen capability.

Date: 06 July 2016 

Source: Design, Products & Application

Europe’s Plastics Machinery Manufacturers Concerned Over the UK’s “Brexit”

Industry news

The United Kingdom is both an important export market for Europe’s plastics suppliers, as well as a location for independent subsidiaries.

Date: 06 July2016

Source: Plastics Technology

Subcontracting weathers Brexit fears

Industry news

The UK subcontracting manufacturing market rose strongly in the second quarter of 2016 despite uncertainty over the EU referendum result.

Date: 06 July 2016

Source: Engineering Capacity

World vehicle sales up 4.6% in May

Indsutry News

Global automakers delivered 7.56 million vehicles in May 2016 according to Wards Auto, representing a 4.6% increase in the same period last year. Worldwide, sales were up 3.8% for the first five months of the year, with a total of 37.76 million vehicles sold.

Date: 06 July 2016 

Source: Power Metallurgy Review

Roke demonstrates “first viable 3D ‘black box’ technology for vehicles”

Industry news

Roke Manor Research today demonstrated what it claims is the first viable 3D ‘black box’ technology for vehicles.

Date: 05 July 2016

Source: The Engineer

Apprentice funding programme

Industry news

Close Brothers has launched the second phase of its apprentice funding programme for Birmingham SMEs where it will partner with the EEF and the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA).

Date: 04 July 2016

Source: Engineering Capacity

Tesla driver dies in first fatal autonomous car crash in US

Industry news

The first ever death in an autonomous car happened in May this year, the US road safety administration revealed yesterday. A man was killed after his Tesla, operating in Autopilot mode, hit an articulated lorry. The accident has cast doubt over the safety of the technology, but the baby should not be thrown out with the bathwater, say experts.

Date: 01 July 2016 

Source: New Scientist

AMRC helps create a lasting legacy for the Vulcan bomber

Indsutry News

Engineers from the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) are helping to preserve the legacy of the Vulcan XH558 bomber by creating a ‘virtual tour’ of the aircraft that will be used in a new educational programme.

Date: 30 June 2016

Source: Production Engineering Solutions

Post-Brexit: Our message to EEF members

Indsutry news

In the wake of the EU referendum result, it is now time to take stock of our current situation and make plans for how we work together for a positive future.

Date 30 June 2016 

Source: EEF

UK and France sign nuclear agreement

Indsutry news

The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) and the French Nuclear Society have committed to work together to further the French and British nuclear sectors.

Date: 30 June 2016

Source: Process Engineering

UK Defense Industry Seeks 'Bold' Government Backing After Brexit Vote

Industry news

LONDON — The UK needs to quickly signal it will support the aerospace, defense and other industries and not wait for the completion of negotiations with the European Union (EU) to act, according to the chief executive of ADS, Inc., the country’s leading trade body in the sector.

Date: 29 June 2016

Source: Defence News

AMRC help create a lasting legacy for the iconic Vulcan bomber

Indsutry news

Engineers from the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) are helping to preserve the legacy of the iconic Vulcan XH558 bomber by creating a ‘virtual tour’ of the aircraft that will be used in a new educational programme.

Date: 30 June 2016

Source: AMRC

Ford’s 2017 GT ’66 features extensive use of carbon fiber

Industry news

Ford announced that its all-new 2017 Ford GT will be available in a limited-edition Heritage theme that will pay tribute to the GT40 Mark II driven to victory by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon at Le Mans in 1966 – part of the historic 1-2-3 Ford GT sweep.

Date: 28 June 2016

Source: Composites World

IOM3 announces support for Advanced Engineering 2016

Indsutry news

IOM3 is proud to support the Easyfairs event, Advanced Engineering in 2016. The event will take place in Birmingham from 2–3 November.

Date: 24 June 2016

Source: IOM3

New extraction system at JLR is a breath of fresh air

Industry news

Employees at Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) are breathing easy following the installation of a comprehensive centralised oil mist extraction system from Telford-based oil mist filter specialist, Filtermist International.

Date: 22 June 2016

Source: Production Engineering Solutions

NASA unveils plans for electric X-plane

Industry news

NASA’s new X-plane will be powered by 14 electric propellers, as the US agency looks to explore the frontiers of green aviation.

Date: 20 June 2016 

Source: The Engineer

Stratasys J750 - The Worlds Only Full Colour, Multi-Material, High Definition 3D Printer!

Industry/ Exhitor news

The NEW J750 Polyjet 3D Printer builds the most realistic, true to life models in the 3D Printing industry.

Date: June 2016

Source: Laser Lines

Next-Generation Biodegradable Plastics Being Developed

Industry news

France's Carbios expands its patent portfolio on controlled lifetime biodegradation of plastics.

Date: 08 June 2016

Source: Plastics Technology

ESA to guide Russian lunar lander onto moon’s surface

Industry news

Adding to its involvement in deep-space projects, Airbus Defence and Space has secured a deal to develop and supply a guidance system for the Russian Luna-Resource lander, which is scheduled to land on the moon around 2024.

Date: 06 June 2016

Source: The Engineer

New U.S. Army shelters in Kuwait built with thermoplastic composites

Industry news

Axia Materials Corp. provided the interior and exterior thermoplastic composite skins.

Date: 06 June 2016

Source: Composites World

NASA and Blue Origin partner to test new technologies in space

Industry news

Blue Origin will fly technology payloads in space on its New Shepard suborbital spacecraft.

Date: 03 June

Source: Composites World

US to trial British anti-drone system at airports

Industry news

The US Federal Aviation Administration is undertaking airport trials of a counter-drone system developed jointly by three UK companies.

Date: 02 June

Source: The Engineer

Promoted content: Replacing Diesel with Hybrid Power in Buses

Indsutry news

While the cost of fuel increases, government subsidies for fuel decrease, and pressure to clean up bus emissions mounts. Bus operators are facing huge regulations to clean up their fleets.

Date: 02 June

Source: The Engineer

3D print system adjusts to design changes in real-time

Indsutry News

Researchers at Cornell University have created a 3D printing system that can physically adjust to software design changes in real time.

Date: 01 June 

Source: The Engineer

Laser treatment cuts costs and increases joint strength

Indsutry news

A new laser-based process could reduce the cost of joining carbon fibre composites and aluminium components whilst simultaneously making joints more robust.

Date: 31 May 2016

Source: The Engineer

Rolls-Royce provide thrust for Benetti mega-yachts

Indsutry news

Lighter, more environmentally-friendly yachts are under construction, thanks to a new carbon fibre steerable thruster developed by Rolls-Royce.

Date: 27 May 2016

Source: The Engineer

Rolls-Royce provide thrust for Benetti mega-yachts

Industry news

Lighter, more environmentally-friendly yachts are under construction, thanks to a new carbon fibre steerable thruster developed by Rolls-Royce.

Date: 27 May 2016 

Source: The Engineer

 

 

AMRC design and build new generation of blast-proof vehicle

Industry news

PRESS RELEASE: The Design and Prototyping Group (DPG) at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has designed and built a prototype unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed to withstand the blast impact from a buried explosive charge.

Date:12 May 2016

Source: AMRC

PRESS RELEASE: Leading cast steel engineering group becomes latest Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre partner

Industry News

PRESS RELEASE

William Cook, the UK’s largest steel casting group, has joined the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) as a partner.

With factories in Sheffield, Leeds and Co. Durham, William Cook can trace its history back over nearly 175 years.

 

The group manufactures sophisticated components, assemblies and systems for a wide range of applications, has substantial research, development and design resources and includes global energy, transport and defence groups among its clients.

The decision to join the AMRC follows the University of Sheffield’s acquisition of Castings Technology International, which led last year to the creation of AMRC Castings.

Date: 05 May 2016

Source: AMRC

PRESS RELEASE: AMRC apprentices to take show on the road thanks to generous donation by First Group plc

Advanced Engineering - Industry News

PRESS RELEASE

First Group in Sheffield have generously donated a bus to the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre for apprentices to refurbish and use for engagement activities with the region’s local schools.

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) approached First Group looking for a bus that could be used as a project for their engineering apprentices to strip out, refit and restore to full working order as a mobile teaching and demonstration facility.

Date: 04 May 2016

Source: AMRC

Advanced Engineering adds IMecHE to its line-up

Advanced Engineering in the news

Advanced Engineering 2016, the UK’s largest annual engineering trade show, returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 2 & 3 November 2016 with The Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMECHE) on board as an official show supporter. As part of the IMECHE will be running two one-day technical conferences live on the show floor, focusing on the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Date: 02 May 2016

Source: Factory Equipment

International research project cuts the cost and environmental impact of composite production

Industry news

New technologies and techniques that radically reduce the cost and environmental impact of using composites are entering production following the completion of a four-year European research project, involving the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC).

Source: HVM Catapult

Composites UK launches entry process for 2016 composites Industry Awards

Industry news

Composites UK, the trade association for the UK composties supply chain, has launched the entry process for its 2016 composites industry awards.

Date:15 April 2016

Source: Innovation in textiles

Organisation searches for the stars of industry

Advanced Engineering in the news

Composites UK have launched the entry process for its 2016 composites industry awards. Back for its fifth year coinciding with the Advanced Engineering show a Birmingham's NEC, the Composites UK Industry Awards Dinner will be held on 2nd November at the National Conferenced Centre, Birmingham.

Date: 02 April 2016

Source: Composites in Manufacturing

PRESS RELEASE: ALBANY INTERNATIONAL COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF ADVANCED COMPOSITES BUSINESS

Indsutry News

Rochester, New Hampshire, April 8, 2016 – Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Harris Corporation’s composite aerostructures division, which was first announced on February 29, 2016.

Date: 08 April 2016

Source: Albany International

Demand for apprenticeships at AMRC Training Centre soars

Indsutry News

Since taking on its first 140 apprentices in autumn 2013, the AMRC Training Centre has grown rapidly into an award-winning centre of excellence with over 400 employed-status apprentices.

Source: AMRC Training

EU referendum: Airbus warns Out vote may hit investment

Industry News

One of the world's largest aerospace firms has written to its 15,000 UK employees warning about the risks of voting to leave the European Union.

Date: 04 April 2016

Source: BBC

Prince Sets New Squash Benchmark With Racquets Reinforced by TeXtreme Technology

Industry News

Prince Global Sports is raising the bar once again with its newest squash collection featuring TeXtremetechnology.

Date: 29 March 2016

Source: Net Composites

Boeing to cut more than 4,500 jobs to reduce costs

Industry News

The world's largest plane manufacturer Boeing plans to cut more than 4,500 jobs by the middle of the year to reduce costs.

Date: 30 March 2016

Source: BBC

Huntsman Develops a New Compression Moulding Process Making the One-minute Cycle Time a Reality for Structural Composites

Indsutry News

Huntsman Advanced Materials has developed a new epoxy resin system and a novel and cost efficient process to give an entirely new compression moulding concept.

Date: 29 March 2016

Source: Net Composites

UK car manufacturing output jumps 13% in February

Industry News

The number of cars built in the UK last month increased by more than 13% from a year earlier, industry figures show.

Date: 24 March 2016

Source: BBC

JR Technology Provides IMP Aerospace with a Hot Bonding Controller

Industry News

Canadian based IMP Aerospace has taken delivery of additional JR Technology (JRTL)  Novatech HBC-4301A Hot Bonding Controllers.

Date: 22 March 2016

Source: Net Composites

TVR to create 150 sports car jobs in Ebbw Vale

Indsutry News

Sports car company TVR is to base its new factory in Wales, First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced.

Date: 22 March 2016

Source: BBC

Airbus sells electronics arm to KKR for £850m

Industry News

European aerospace giant Airbus Group is to sell its Defence Electronics business to private equity firm KKR for €1.1bn (£856m)

Date:18 March 2016

Source: BBC

Waiting in the wings: How plasma could help revolutionise aircraft design

Industry News

Last year, researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Glasgow released details of a new system that uses electrically charged plasma in place of mechanical flaps on aircraft.

Date: 09 March 2016

Source: The Engineer

Resin market going 'in two different directions'

Industry News

Naples, Fla. — Resin economics, recycling rates and financial trades will all play big roles in the materials market in 2016 and beyond.

Date: 02 March 2016

Source: Plastic News (PN)

Google crash unlikely to halt the rise of the driverless car

Industry news

A decade ago autonomous cars were an interesting – though far from inevitable – technological curiosity. Today it’s almost impossible to name a major car maker that doesn’t have a clear plan to bring the technology to the roads.

Date: 02 March 2016

Source: The Engineer

NASA builds towards supersonic passenger jet

Indsutry News

NASA has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for the preliminary design of a “low boom” flight demonstration aircraft, which it hopes will be the first step towards a new supersonic passenger jet.

Date: 01 March 2016 

Source: The Engineer

Bugatti unveils Chiron supercar in Geneva

Industry News

1,500hp, 8L engine powers lightweight vehicle to 261mph.

Geneva, Switzerland – Bugatti is celebrating a world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show: the French luxury brand is unveiling the Bugatti Chiron, the most powerful, fastest, most luxurious, and most exclusive production super sports car in the world.

Date: 01 March 2016

Source: Today's Motor Vehicles

Aston Martin to open Wales factory for new DBX model

Industry News

Luxury marque’s crossover will be constructed in St Athan, with promise of more than 750 jobs, luxury marque and Welsh government announce

Date: 24 February 2016

Source: The Guardian 

The best of bot worlds

Industry News

To bot or not to bot, that is the question. It seems over the past couple of years humanity has crossed something of a threshold, with robotics playing an increasingly significant role in how we work, build and live. From surgery and defence to education and elderly care, there is scarcely a field or practice untouched by the technology.

Date: 19 February 2016

Source: The Engineer

The best of bot worlds

Industry News

To bot or not to bot, that is the question. It seems over the past couple of years humanity has crossed something of a threshold, with robotics playing an increasingly significant role in how we work, build and live. From surgery and defence to education and elderly care, there is scarcely a field or practice untouched by the technology.

Date: 19 February 2016

Source: The Engineer

Jaguar XE Uses Recycled Aluminum

Industry News

The 2017 Jaguar XE is the first model that’s based on the new JLR modular vehicle architecture, which will serve as the underpinning for several future models. The vehicle, which is produced at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull, U.K., is, like the suite of new vehicles from that company, aluminum-intensive.

Date: 18 February 2016

Source: http://www.adandp.media/blog/post/jaguar-xe-uses-recycled-aluminumAutomotive Design & Production

BAE Systems sees jump in sales and profits

Industry News

BAE Systems, the defence, aerospace and electronics giant, has seen a rise in both sales and profits for 2015.

Date: 18 February 2016

Source: BBC

Aston Martin goes electric with the RapidE

Industry News

Aston Martin is extending its partnership with Chinese technology company LeEco (formerly Letv), with the companies working together to produce the Aston Martin RapidE electric vehicle.

Date: 18 February 2016

Source: The Engineer

Airbus to build solar powered pseudo-satellites for Ministry of Defence

Industry News

The MoD has placed an order with Airbus Defence and Space for the build and operation of two solar-powered Zephyr 8 high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) craft.

Date: 18 February 2016

Source: The Engineer

Powder Metallurgy industry news, technology and applications

Industry News
  • Winter 2015 issue of Powder Metallurgy Review magazine (Vol. 4 No. 4)
  • Powder Metallurgy aluminium components offer lightweight solutions and high volume production
  • Euro PM2015: Technologies for enhancing the Powder Metallurgy process
  • PM Titanium 2015: Developments in the powder metallurgical processing of titanium 
  • Japan’s auto industry drives advances in Powder Metallurgy technology

Date: 18 February 2016

Source: Powder Metallurgy Review

Bearings for open-rotor aero-engines

Industry News

Bearings are assisting an engine design that could tackle greenhouse gases. Helen Knight reports

Date: 17 February 2016

Source: The Engineer

UK low-carbon vehicle specialist Riversimple unveils fuel cell city car

Industry News

A UK-based HFCV pioneer has unveiled Rasa, a lightweight prototype car with a range of up to 300 miles on 1.5kg of hydrogen.

Date: 17 February 2016

Source: The Engineer

Airbus looks to humanoid robots for manufacturing

Inustry News

Airbus Group has embarked on a four-year research project to explore the feasibility of using  humanoid robots in aerospace manufacturing.

Date: 17 February 2016

Source: The Engineer

Time to fly smarter?

Industry News

Dr JOHN GREEN FREng FRAeS reports on the Greener by Design Workshop on the possibilities of reducing the climate impact of non-CO2 emissions from civil aircraft by tactical flightpath adjustments.

Date: 12 February 2016

Source: Royal Aero Society 

5000 jobs vacant in UK automotive due to skills shortage

Industry News

Up to 5000 job vacancies in the UK automotive industry could be vacant due to a skills shortage affecting the sector, according to a new report published by the Automotive Council.

Date: 12 February 2016

Source: IP&E

Team takes magnetically geared propulsion motor to sea

Industry News

More efficient and less polluting marine vessels could result from a UK collaboration to build a new type of motor based on magnetic gears.

Date: 12 February 2016

Source: The Engineer

The Fossil-Free Car of the Future is in the Forest

Industry News

Lightweight, fuel-efficient cars of the future can be made using materials from Swedish forests which Innventia claims reduces the use of fossil-based materials and fuel.

Date: 09 February 2016

Source: NetComposites

Haydale Commission Composite Pipe Long Term Testing Facility

Industry News

Haydale Composite Solutions (HCS) has commissioned a composite pipe testing facility with the support of Leicester City Council, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), the Regional Growth Fund and European Regional Development Fund.

Date: 09 February 2016

Source: NetComposites

Biotex Aligned Flax Tapes Designed for Maximum Performance and Minimum Cost

Industry News

At the upcoming JEC World, Composites Evolution will be continuing the roll out of its new range of aligned Biotex Flax tapes and the different formats that are available.

Date: 09 February 2016

Source: NetComposites

Mill-turning meets aerospace needs

Industy news

Single-cycle mill turning machines are helping the Techno Group meet the needs of aerospace customers and expand into the automotive sector.

Date: 03 Febuary2016

Source: Engineering Capacity

All hands on deck to create UK engineers of the future

Industry news

The engineering sector is a bright spot in the UK economy, but the looming skills shortage is alarming. The whole community needs to be involved to help solve it.

Date: 03 February 2016

Source: The Engineer

Subcontract market grew in 2015

Industry News

The value of contract and subcontract manufacturing in the UK engineering sector was 18% higher over the course of 2015 than the previous year, according to a new manufacturing index.

Date: 02 February 2016

Source: Engineering Capacity

Strong UK engineering industry hindered by skills shortage

Industry news

Britain’s engineering industry is driving productivity but a skills shortage is still large enough to trigger widespread concern for the long-term future. 

Date: 01 February 2016

Source: Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Aerospace industry posts record production figures

Industry News

In total, 1,397 aircraft came off the production line in 2015...

Date: 01 February 2016

Source: The Institution of Mechanical Engineers

JLR announces first UK road tests of driverless car technology

Industry news

Jaguar Land Rover is investing £5.5m in a project aimed at testing connected and autonomous vehicle technologies on UK roads.

Date: 01 February 2016 

Source: The Engineer

 

 

Rolls-Royce wins big Norwegian deal

Industry News

Rolls-Royce has announced a $2.7bn (£1.9bn) order to manufacture and service Boeing 787 Dreamliner engines for the airline, Norwegian.

Date: 01 February 2016

Source: BBC

 

 

London's first driverless cars based on Heathrow 'pods'

Industry News

The first driverless cars to be tested on the streets of London will resemble the electric passenger shuttles currently in use at Heathrow Airport.

Date: 29 January 2016

Source: BBC

British engineering to put autonomous vehicles on London’s roads

Industry News

Three UK companies are collaborating on a project that will see autonomous vehicles operating on the streets of London this summer.

Date: 29 January 2016

Source: The Engineer

Graphene composite could help keep wings ice-free

Industry News

A thin coating of graphene nanoribbons in epoxy developed at Rice University has proven effective at melting ice on a helicopter blade.

Date: 29 January 2016

Source: Composites World

Boeing's 737 MAX completes first flight

Industry News

Boeing's 737 MAX 8, featuring composites-intensive LEAP-1B engines from CFM International, is expected to enter service in third quarter 2017.

Date: 21 January 2016

Source: Composites World

UK car manufacturing hits 10-year high in 2015

Industry News

Car manufacturing in the UK has hit a 10-year high, with more vehicles exported than ever before, according to the industry's trade group.

Date: 21 January 2016

Source: BBC

2-DTech Unlock Graphene’s Potential

Industry News

Video: Innovate UK Success Story: 2-DTech Unlock Graphene’s Potential

Source: Innovate UK

ELG Carbon Fibre Demonstrates Commitment to Quality Standards through AS/EN9100 Certification

Industry news

Carbon fibre recyclers, ELG Carbon Fibre has achieved AS/EN9100 quality management system certification from Bureau Veritas for the ‘Recovery of carbon fibre from manufacturing waste and end of life products’ and the ‘Manufacture of recycled carbon fibre materials and products’.

Date: 14 January 2016

Source: Composites UK

Airbus delivers record number of planes

Industry News

Airbus delivered a record number of planes in 2015 but failed to dethrone Boeing as the world's biggest aircraft manufacturer.

Date: 12 January 2016

Source: BBC

Tata Motors' UK research connection

Industry News

Tata Motors is looking to the UK to direct the R&D for its operations, even for vehicles which it plans to never sell in Europe.

Date: 01 January 2016

Source: The Engineer

Three barriers that stop manufacturers investing in robotics - ARE YOU?

Industry News

A report by Barclays Bank has identified three major barriers that are preventing UK manufacturers from investing in robotics and automation.

Date: 24 December 2015

Source: Innovate UK

Innovation drive piles pressure on suppliers, says Magna

Industry News

The pace of innovation and increasingly high expectations of car makers were cited this
week as being among the biggest challenges currently facing global auto suppliers.

Date: 05 November 2015

Source: Plastics & Rubber Weekly

LEPs promote automotive industry

Industry News

All six local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in the West Midlands have come together to promote the region's automotive industry at the Advanced Engineering UK 2015 exhibition.

Date: 05 November 2016

Source: Machinery Market

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