Monthly Archives: August 2012

New boss for Bentley

Dr Wolfgang Schreiber joins Bentley, the Crewe-based luxury car company as its new Chairman and Chief Executive, on 1 September. He succeeds the outgoing Wolfgang Dürheimer. Schreiber (54), an engineering graduate, joined the Volkswagen Group – which owns Bentley – … Continue reading

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GCSE passes ‘more indicative of ability’ – EEF

The drop off in GCSE pass rates may mean the results are more indicative of ability, according to the manufacturers’ organisation EEF. Commenting on today’s GCSE results, Tim Thomas, Head of Employment & Skills Policy at EEF, said that employers … Continue reading

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A quarter of contract electronics manufacturers ‘in real trouble – report

Sixty-five of the UK’s 298 largest contract electronics manufacturing companies are in real financial trouble, according to a new report from the business analysis firm Plimsoll. The company says that a combination of high debts, scarce credit and increased competition … Continue reading

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Manufacturers report weak orders at home and abroad

UK manufacturers reported a deterioration in order books in August, while expectations for output growth have flattened. The latest monthly Industrial Trends Survey from the CBIshowed the lowest level of orders for both home and export consumption to be at … Continue reading

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North East sees big rise in manufacturing apprentices

Apprenticeships in engineering and manufacturing have increased 70% in the North East over the past three years with 2,160 new starts having been registered so far this year compared to 1,880 in 2010 and 1,270 in 2009. Almost 500 engineering … Continue reading

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UK auto manufacturing soars 20%

Another welcome rise in the output of UK car manufacturers has prompted a call for the government to promote a wider and more detailed manufacturing strategy. Car output rose for the 13th consecutive month, up 22.2% in July and 15.1% … Continue reading

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MAS chief steps down

Manufacturing Advisory Service boss Simon Griffiths (pictured) has announced his intention to step down from his post after a three-year reign at the helm of the West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium (WMMC). Griffiths will leave the organisation, which delivers the Manufacturing … Continue reading

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