Monthly Archives: July 2011

Record order book for Rolls

Aero engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce today (28 July) reported growing orders and profits and said it was looking forward to the further opportunities presented by its recent acquisition of the German diesel engines group Tognum. Recently appointed chief executive John Rishton, … Continue reading

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Manufacturing improvement challenges bubble up at Irn-Bru maker

Soft drinks maker A.G. Barr, best known for its iconic Scottish IrnBru, said today that it had faced “a number of operational challenges” related to the late delivery of the final stages of its manufacturing investment at Cumbernauld, near Glasgow. … Continue reading

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Ferrari’s prancing horse gallops on through global recession

Hard times for the global economy appear to have left upmarket supercar manufacturer Ferrari unscathed with the Italian company reporting record sales (up 20% to over one billion Euros) and deliveries (up 12% to 3,577 cars) in the first half … Continue reading

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UK manufacturers’ optimism falls: CBI

For the first time in two years, UK manufacturers’ optimism has fallen and expectations of slower activity are driving a reappraisal of forward-looking business plans. The CBI said that with growth in total orders and production easing slightly in the … Continue reading

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Temple stands down as 600 Group returns to profit and goes lean

Martin Temple (pictured), the chairman and erstwhile director general of the manufacturers’ organisation EEF is standing down from his chairmanship of the diversified engineering company, The 600 Group. Temple, who became chairman of the 600 Group in 2007 said the … Continue reading

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Food manufacturer Finsbury suffering from consumer depression

A leading food manufacturer warned today (26 July) that consumer confidence and disposable incomes would remain depressed for the foreseeable future with higher sales and greater efficiency doing little to offset the trend. Finsbury Food, which manufactures cake, bread and … Continue reading

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St Tropez tan boosts Cussons confidence

The consumer products group P Z Cussons, best known for its upmarket Imperial Leather soap, said today (26 July) that its  £62.5m acquisition of the St Tropez tanning brand and the formation of a Beauty Division specialising in higher value … Continue reading

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