Monthly Archives: January 2012

Economic uncertainty and falling confidence hits UK steel output

UK steel output in 2011 ended the year just 0.8% higher than in 2010 as the eurozone crisis and economic uncertainty in the second half of the year badly affected demand as customers ran down stocks. However, according to data … Continue reading

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Norbar opens Indian facility

Oxfordshire-based Norbar Torque Tools has officially opened its new premises in Mumbai, India, making the sub-continent the latest part of a network of Norbar companies based in Australia, China, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA. The opening and ribbon cutting … Continue reading

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Syngenta awards CHP contract to Cofely

The crop protection chemicals manufacturer Syngenta has awarded a six year contract to Cofely to operate and maintain the company’s combined cycle Combined Heat and Power (CHP) energy centre at its Huddersfield manufacturing centre. Syngenta’s Huddersfield facility employs around 300 … Continue reading

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Manufacturers could save £110m on compressed air: Carbon Trust

Manufacturers could save up to £110m a year by taking simple low and no cost actions to improve their compressed air systems and processes, according to new guidance published by the Carbon Trust. The Trust claims that, contrary to perception, … Continue reading

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Huawei boost for UK hi-tech R&D

The ICT specialist Huawei has announced the acquisition of the Centre for Integrated Photonics Ltd (CIP), a photonics research laboratory previously owned by the now all but defunct East of England Development Agency (EEDA). Huawei said that CIP would significantly … Continue reading

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Positive outlook for auto, aviation, energy & electronics: Renishaw

Renishaw, the Gloucestershire-based measurement, motion control, spectroscopy and precision machining specialist has predicted that the outlook for production systems in automotive, civil aviation, agriculture and energy looks increasingly favourable and is also anticipating a recovery in the electronics sector. Reporting … Continue reading

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Manufacturing shrinkage outstrips GDP fall

The manufacturing industry outstripped the general shrinkage of the UK economy in the final quarter of 2011. Gross domestic product (GDP) fell 0.2% but within that, manufacturing shrank by 0.9%. The general 0.2% decline was the first for a year … Continue reading

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