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UK engineers query claims 44t lorry triggered Italy bridge collapse

19 September 2018

Claims that a 44t lorry travelling across the Polcevera Viaduct triggered its collapse have been queried by British engineering experts. During an interview with Italian local media, lorry driver Giancarlo Lorenzetto suggested that the Genoan bridge - more commonly known as the Morandi bridge - collapsed as a direct result of his vehicle passing over it. 

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UK RemoveDebris satellite carries out first ever trial of space waste removal

19 September 2018

A European group led by Surrey University’s Surrey Space Centre has carried out the first ever successful demonstration of space waste removal technology.

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Applying chemical engineering in the construction industry

14 September 2018

Bryden Wood is a technology and design company that designs residential, commercial, and process facilities. It recently hired Chartered Chemical Engineer Adrian La Porta. I met with him to discuss what a chemical engineer can contribute to the construction industry and how Bryden Wood is leading change in the industry.

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Mazak chosen for UK government flagship 5G factory initiative

14 September 2018

Yamazaki Mazak has been chosen as one of a select few UK companies to act as a testbed for the deployment of next-generation 5G technology, with a view to improving commercial digital infrastructures and ultimately boosting productivity across the UK industrial sector.

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Women make up over a third of Dyson engineering students

13 September 2018

Sir James Dyson has hailed the fact that over a third of students at his engineering institute are women, as demand for places at the university rockets.
The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology has welcomed 43 undergraduate engineers in its second cohort, 40 percent of which are female.
It takes the total number of women enrolled in the degree course to 26 out of 76 at the Malmesbury-based campus in Wiltshire.

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Young engineers demonstrate readiness for a zero emissions future

12 September 2018

Young British engineers have been showing off cutting-edge green engineering skills to the world at the international Zero Emission Vehicle Summit. The activity was just one of many taking place across the country this year for the Year of Engineering, an HM Government campaign showing young people that engineering can be an exciting and rewarding career.

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Jaguar Land Rover warns Brexit 'no deal' would cost it 'tens of thousands of jobs'

11 September 2018

Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth has issued a stark warning to the Prime Minister on Brexit, warning “tens of thousands” of jobs will be lost at the country’s biggest car maker if she does not “get the right deal” on the UK leaving the bloc.

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Starrag UK joins Made in the Midlands

11 September 2018

Starrag UK has joined Made in the Midlands (MIM), the influential peer group for MDs and CEOs of manufacturing and engineering firms in the Midlands.

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UK developed surgical robot set for NHS debut

05 September 2018

Cambridge medical technology firm CMR Surgical has unveiled a robotic system that it claims could lead to millions more patients benefitting from the advantages of minimally invasive surgery.

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Arms companies spending millions each year promoting brands in UK schools

05 September 2018

Arms companies are spending millions of pounds each year promoting their brands in British schools, new research has revealed.
The firms including BAE Systems and Raytheon – whose weapons have killed millions of people – sponsor school events, fund competitions and provide teaching materials.

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Dyson to expand UK site for electric car testing

30 August 2018

Dyson has unveiled plans for a 10-mile test track at its Wiltshire facility where its “radical” electric cars, planned to be brought to market from 2021, will be put through their paces.

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Melrose invokes spirit of Right Said Fred in GKN bid battle that's yet to get properly hostile

01 February 2018

Melrose chairman Christopher Miller’s has penned a letter to GKN shareholders that looks a bit like the old Right Said Fred song: I’m too sexy for my shirt, so sexy it hurts.  Hostile takeovers are supposed to be fun for those of us sitting in the stands; high stakes corporate slugfests in which the bidders portray the bosses of the target as incompetent fools, while the latter make the bidders out to be the spawn of the devil.

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Brexit: Will no deal ground aircraft in March 2019?

29 August 2018

As the date of the UK’s exit from the European Union comes closer without agreement on an orderly withdrawal, more focus is being placed on the potential consequences of a “no deal” Brexit.

This week, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) published a summary of concerns and potential solutions to the risk of no deal on aviation safety resulting in aircraft not being able to fly. The IEA agrees with a wide range of industry experts that in the event of no agreement being reached on new aviation safety arrangements, the risk of aircraft being grounded in March 2019 is real.

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UK government invests £92m into independent satellite study

29 August 2018

The government is investing £92m into an 18-month study that will inform the creation of an independent satellite system if the UK leaves the Galileo programme following Brexit.

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Jaguar Classic announces all-electric E-type conversion

28 August 2018

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed that its Classic Works division will offer a new service to convert the iconic E-type Jag into an all-electric vehicle.

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Airbus' solar-powered aircraft just flew for a record 26 days straight

9 August 2018

A solar-powered aircraft from the European aerospace giant Airbus has completed a maiden flight lasting 25 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes.

The new Zephyr S HAPS (High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite) took off from Arizona on July 11 and went on to complete "the longest duration flight ever made," Airbus Defence and Space said in an announcement Wednesday. An application has been made to confirm the flight as a new world record.

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New £16.5m advanced engineering facility planned at the AFRC

10 August 2018

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has secured £16.5 million to establish a major new advanced engineering facility that will put Scotland at the forefront of the movement to transform one of the manufacturing sector’s most traditional and important supply chains.

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Autonomous drone technology herds birds away from airports

09 August 2018

US engineers have developed a control algorithm that enables a drone to autonomously herd an entire flock of birds away from the airspace of an airport.

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Interview: Danielle McGrellis of Arup Advanced Technologies

03 August 2018

Recently named one of the top 50 female engineers in the UK, Danielle McGrellis has shifted from structural engineering to working on advanced technologies at Arup.

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Three60 Energy acquires Stavanger engineering firm

03 August 2018

Three60 has not disclosed the value of the acquisition, which takes the total number of companies in the group to three.

Ridge works in subsurface, drilling and wells, subsea and facilities, mainly in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.  It employs more than 90 specialist engineers, with a client base of more than 20 operators.
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Low carbon automotive projects receive £35m of UK government funding

02 August 2018

Technologies ranging from a digital hydraulic system that could dramatically boost the efficiency of off-road vehicles to a range extender for electric commercial vehicles have received £35m of government funding.

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Companies open their doors to local school children for Engineering Open House Day

02 August 2018

This special event allows visitors to experience the world of engineering first-hand and to get an insight into the reality of the exciting careers on offer in this field.

By highlighting the important role that engineers play in everyday life, and the creativity and diversity of work in this sector, Engineering Open House Day connects directly with children to inspire and motivate them towards exploring careers in engineering and technology.

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Bioengineered heart ventricle has potential for therapy studies

24 July 2018

Made from a degradable scaffold seated with human heart cells, the three-dimensional model of a left ventricle may be used to study diseases, test drugs and develop treatments

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3D printing the world’s oldest ham

03 July 2018

The town of Smithfield, Virginia is famous across the United States thanks to one of its more unusual tourist attractions – a 115-year-old ham.

Originally cured in 1902 by the food and beverage company, Gwaltney Foods, the world’s oldest ham will turn 116 this Saturday and received an early birthday present as students from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) 3D printed an identical model.

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New coating makes fabrics water repellent

2nd July 2018

MIT researchers have developed a water repellent coating for natural fabrics that is more effective – and less harmful – than existing coatings.

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Jaguar Land Rover to open IT and engineering centre in Manchester

27 June 2018

One of the UK's largest car manufacturers is set to open a new software, IT and engineering office in Manchester city centre.

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a deal with Bruntwood to inhabit their impressive Neo building, on the corner of Portland STreet and CHarlotte Street.

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Jaguar breaks electric speed records in a battery-powered boat with Formula E tech

18 June 2018

The Jaguar Vector Racing has been working for the past year to convert a speedboat to electric propulsion by leveraging Formula E technology and it has now broken electric speed records with the battery-powered boat.

 

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This is the fastest rocket on Earth

11 June 2018

In Europe, Italian aerospace company AVIO's new Vega C, aims to be the fastest and most versatile option for a variety of tasks, from heavy comms tech to Nanosats.  It will be ready for its maiden voyage next year. When it blasts off it will produce an average of 4,500kN of thrust.

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Electric World Rallycross powers up with Williams

08 June 2018

The FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) has announced a partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering.


The company will serve as the sole single battery supplier to the FIA Electric World Rallycross Championship from 2020 to 2023.

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Mobility brings autonomous trials to Cov/Brum roads

06 June 2018

A new consortium known as Midlands Future Mobility will be testing connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) on 50 miles of roads around Birmingham and Coventry. The trails will be put into place in hope to lead to safer, greener and more efficient transportation for both people and goods.

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CRP Technology Presents 3D Printing Advances at Engine Expo 2018

05 June 2018

At Engine Expo 2018, CRP Technology will highlight how 3D printing solutions using its Windform composite materials is helping automotive manufacturers accelerate vehicle development times and increase performance.

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Ultrasound-powered nanorobots travel through blood to kill toxins

01 June 2018

Ultrasound-powered nanorobots could one day sail through blood to remove harmful bacteria and toxins.  University of California San Diego (UCSD) who have developed proof-of-concept nanorobots with the potential to safely and efficiently detoxify and decontaminate biological fluids. 

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Sustainable aviation fuel takes off in European Union

31 May 2018

A new Horizon 2020 project is setting out to demonstrate industrial-scale production and use of sustainable aviation fuel derived from sources including used cooking oil.  Sustainable aviation fuel produced during the project will meet jet fuel certification standards and will be used by commercial European airlines in regular passenger flights.

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First 3D printed human corneas produced by Newcastle team

30 May 2018

Newcastle University have created a bio-ink using human corneal stromal cells from a donor. These were mixed with alginate and collagen to create a solution that could be printed. Using a low-cost bio-printer, the bio-ink was extruded in concentric circles to create a shape that mimics the human cornea.

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Rolls-Royce launches new Pearl engine family for business jets

30 May 2018

Rolls-Royce has launched Pearl, a new engine family for business aviation that will propel Bombardier Global series aircraft.  The Pearl 15 engine, the first in the new series, will deliver up to 15,125lb of thrust (67.3kN), nine per cent more than its predecessor, but will be 2dB quieter and will deliver a seven per cent improvement in specific fuel consumption.

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GENERAL MOTORS ENTERS NEXT PHASE OF VEHICLE LIGHT WEIGHTING WITH GENERATIVE DESIGN

08 May 2018

    North American vehicle manufacturer General Motors has teamed up with award winning software company Autodesk in the development of its future product designs. Combining 3D printing with generative design, the company’s approach to vehicle development is “completely transformed,” says Ken Kelzer, VP of Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems at GM.

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    INTERVIEW: INSIDE THE GE ADDITIVE SPECTRA H WITH ANNIKA OLME, ARCAM

    08 May 2018

      Annika Ölme is Vice President of product management at metal additive manufacturing company Arcam AB. Now a subsidiary of GE Additive, Arcam specializes in electron beam melting (EBM) technology.

      The company released it’s latest 3D printer, the Spectra H, at RAPID + TCT 2018. At the show, I met with Ölme to learn more about the technology inside this latest EBM machine some of which has been 10 years in the making.

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      RIDE THE LIGHTENING: ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING TECHNOLOGY IS ABOUT TO SURGE PAST TESLA'S SUPERCHARGERS

      19 April 2018

        Tesla’s Supercharger network has long been the gold standard for electric vehicle charging systems. The company’s hefty investment into charging support for its own customers—the company's proprietary plugs mean no other EVs can charge there—has been planned out to ensure Tesla owners can use their vehicles as they please without worrying about whether they’re going to run dry on a road trip.

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        UK DRIVES INTO E-VEHICLES FAST LANE WITH 11% SALES RISE

        19 April 2018

          Electric vehicles’ share of new UK registrations rises to 2%, still falling far short of Norway’s 48%. Sales of electric cars in the UK have risen 11% on last year, putting the country in the premier league of those ditching petrol and diesel engines, though it is still miles behind Norway and China.

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          SWEDEN'S NEW ROAD POWERS ELECTRIC VEHICLES - WHAT'S THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT?

            Sweden has built the first smart road that will allow electric vehicles to charge as they drive. The eRoadArlanda pilot scheme, which covers two kilometres of road outside Stockholm, is an attempt to solve one of the biggest challenges that the transport industry faces. Namely, how to move freight and people in a way that neither damages the climate through greenhouse gas emissions nor the quality of air through nitrogen oxide pollution.

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            INDUSTRY 4.0 LED BY THE EU, US AND CHINA, SAYS TECH EXPERT

            19 April 2018

              The fourth industrial revolution is here, and some countries are embracing digitisation and advanced manufacturing techniques faster than others, says Siemens exec.

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              WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM TO PUSH 'INDUSTRY 4.0' AT NEW TOKYO CENTER

              19 April 2018

                TOKYO -- The World Economic Forum, known for its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, is setting up a new research center in Tokyo this summer to study the "fourth industrial revolution."

                Industry 4.0, as it is called for short, envisions technologies such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things transforming how things are made, and how people live and communicate with one another.

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                NASA TEAMS WITH ENGINEERING, 3D PRINTING COMPANIES FOR MOON MISSION

                17 April 2018

                • Stratasys, Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies, and Lockheed Martin Space are joining forces to harness 3D printing for the creation of 100 production parts for NASA's Orion mission.
                • The use of 3D printing will cut the costs of spacecraft production and speed up the process.

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                BOEING BOSS DENNIS MUILENBURG CHALLENGES ELON MUSK IN A RACE TO MARS AND CLAIMS HE WILL EVEN BRING THE BILLIONAIRE'S TESLA ROADSTAR BACK FROM SPACE

                13 April 2018

                • Mr Muilenburg joked that Boeing may return Elon Musk's Tesla to Earth
                • The Boeing CEO also claimed the company will put humans on Mars in a decade 
                • This is a very similar timescale to Elon Musk's SpaceX programme 
                • His comments reignite the rivalry between the two aerospace companies 

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                NEW INNOVATION HUBS FOR AUTOMOTIVE AND DIGITAL HEATH TECH

                13 April 2018

                The University of Bath is setting up new business acceleration hubs for advanced engineering and digital innovation companies in the region. In association with SETsquared, the world’s number one university business accelerator, £1.5m of European funding will be available to support startups and scale up companies in the West of England.

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                MAGNA STEYR TO ENGINEER EV ARCHITECTURE FOR BAIC

                13 April 2018

                Magna Steyr, the Austria-based vehicle engineering unit of Canadian supplier Magna International, will develop a next-generation smart electric vehicle architecture for state-owned Chinese automaker BAIC Motor.

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                NOKIA, TELIA CONDUCT INDUSTRY 4.0 TRIAL IN FINDLAND WITH 5G

                13 April 2018

                Nokia, Finnish operator Telia and Intel successfully conducted an industrial trial leveraging the ultra-low latency, high-bandwidth capabilities of 5G to support time-critical applications and enhance production and efficiency in a manufacturing environment. Nokia said the trial represents one of the first real-world applications of 'Industry 4.0', the industrial trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

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                THE PENTAGON IS GETTING SERIOLUS ABOUT AI WEAPONS

                12 April 2018

                Aerospace engineer Mike Griffin says he is taking the threat of drone swarms — including those that could be driven by artificial intelligence — seriously. So is his employer, the US Department of Defense, as are top officials in the US Air Force.

                 

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                COLLABORATION BETWEEN MONARCH AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING AND CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY GROWS

                12 April 2018

                A visit from the senior management team of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited to Cranfield University in Bedfordshire showcased the growing collaboration between the two organisations. Monarch Aircraft Engineering has recently become key partner in a number of the University’s leading research and teaching centres, including the newly announced Digital Aviation Research Technology Centre (DARTeC) and the Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Centre, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

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                AIRBUS AND ZODIAC AEROSPACE PARTNER ON PASSENGER SLEEPING FACILITIES

                11 April 2018

                Airbus (Toulouse, France) and Zodiac Aerospace (Plaisir, France) announced April 10 a partnership to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths. The modules, which would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments, offer new opportunities for additional services to passengers, improving their experience while enabling airlines to differentiate and add value for their commercial operations.

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                COMPOSITE ADVANTAGE INTRODUCES STANDARD LINE OF FRP TRAIL BRIDGES

                10 April 2018

                Short-lived bridge products that require constant care and regular replacement have prompted parks and recreation agencies to look for longer lasting alternatives.

                Composite Advantage reports that its new line of standard size fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) trail bridges offers a zero maintenance option that lasts up to 100 years.

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                SMMT RESPONSE VAUXHALL VAN ANNOUNCEMENT

                4 April 2018

                  Mike Hawes SMMT chief executive said:

                  •     This announcement is great news for the UK automotive sector and, especially, the Luton plant.
                  •     The UK continues to be a centre of excellence for vehicle production thanks to our engineering expertise, high levels of productivity and a collaborative relationship with government which has enabled us to build a robust industrial strategy and a sector deal.
                  •     We will continue to work with policy makers to ensure the UK remains as competitive as possible now and in the future so we can continue to build on our long heritage in vehicle manufacturing.

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                  ADS STATEMENT ON MELROSE BID FOR GKN

                  29 March 2018

                  Today Melrose Industries has announced its takeover bid for GKN has won the support of more than 50% of the company’s investors.

                  The UK’s aerospace and defence trade association ADS said the company should now reflect on concerns raised in recent weeks and offer binding commitments to address them.

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                  DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH FOR UK ENGINE EXPORTS DRIVES NEW RECORDS IN FEBRUARY

                  29 March 2018

                  • More than a quarter of a million engines produced by British factories in February.
                  • Exports jump 16.1% in the month as 157,880 units head overseas – 62.0% of all output.
                  • Engine manufacturing up 10.3% so far this year as strong start to 2018 continues.

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                  SICOMIN'S EPOXIES REACH NEW HEIGHTS IN 'SLING' AIRCRAFT

                  27 March 2018

                  Sicomin and its South African distributor Aerontec have been working with The Airplance Factory (TAF) to develop enhanced and efficient production methods for its flagship range of 'Sling' aircraft.

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                  ORDERS STAY HIGH AS AEROSPACE SEES SUSTAINED GROWTH

                  26 March 2018

                  Manufacturers saw the numbers of aircraft on order books stay close to record highs again in February, with the backlog now standing at 14,242 – just 70 below the record high set in December 2017.

                   A nine per cent year-on-year increase in the order backlog of single aisle aircraft shows sustained growth in orders, while the total backlog could be worth an estimated £203bn to UK industry.

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                  HAYDALE SHOWCASES GRAPHENE ENHANCED PREPRG AT JEC WORLD 2018

                  27 February 2018

                  Haydale will be demonstrating real-life applications of its lightweight graphene enhanced prepregs at JEC World.

                   

                  Graphene enhanced prepreg offers significant weight reduction and improved structural performance. This is expected to be of considerable interest to the automotive, sports and leisure and tooling industries.

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                  EXPANSION IN ADVANCED BRAIDING TECHNOLOGY

                  5 February 2018

                  Burgmann Packings Composites is delighted to announce the most recent expansion in our braiding capacity in Dublin.  With immediate effect we have added the highly versatile 64 carrier radial braiding machine from Herzog GmbH to our robotic braiding cell.  This will enhance both our size range and production capacity in Dublin.   The entire cell is fully integrated with the Kuka Quantec robot arm giving us the ability to provide multi-layer over-braids using multiple machines in one set-up.

                   

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                  RECORD ENGINE PREODUCTION IN 2017 AS DEMAND GROWN, HOME AND ABROAD

                  31 January 2018

                  • British engine manufacturing rises 6.9% to all-time high of 2.7 million units in 2017.1
                  • Home demand sees fastest growth – up 9.7%, while global demand rises to almost 1.5 million units.
                  • UK engine manufacturing now worth £8.5bn, supporting 8,000 British jobs – 3,350 in diesel engine production alone.

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                  NEW CARS IN UK SAFER THAN EVER BEFORE WITH 1.8 MILLION FITTED WITH COLLISION WARNING SYSTEMS

                  22 January 2018

                  • Nearly 7 in 10 new cars available with driver assistance systems, with 1.8 million buyers a year benefitting from collision avoidance technology.1
                  • Autonomous emergency braking, parking assistance and blind spot sensors also top the list of most popular tech.
                  • Road accidents fall 10% in five years as advanced safety tech helps keep drivers safer.

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                  ACCELERATING AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION DELIVERS £2BN BOOST

                  27 November 2017

                  Deliveries of 87 single aisle and 33 widebody aircraft in October set a new record for the month and took year-to-date deliveries to a total of 1138.

                  These deliveries are worth up to £2.4bn to UK industry, and those for the first 10 months of the year are worth up to £22bn as the UK continues to benefit from rising global production.

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