Monthly Archives: February 2013

Siemens launches new education and careers scheme for engineers

A  new education and careers scheme for engineers that will allow teachers, students and parents to engage with manufacturing related subjects has been launched by the industrial giant Siemens in conjunction with the Cabinet Office, the Department for Education and … Continue reading

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MRO specialist says performance underlines manufacturing resilience

The MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) specialist Brammer says its highest ever sales figures reveal the resilience of the European manufacturing sector. Chief executive Ian Fraser (pictured) said that during 2012 Brammer “provided a record 5,500 recognised cost-saving actions to … Continue reading

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Manufacturing pay freezes re-emerge in key bargaining period

The first pay data for 2013 suggests the subdued pay environment in manufacturing over the past two years is set to continue, with pay freezes still a feature of negotiations in the main key bargaining period. According to the latest … Continue reading

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Manufacturing SMEs set for growth – MAS

New data from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) suggests that smaller manufacturing businesses in England are optimistic about their growth prospects in 2013. The latest MAS ‘barometer’ figures reveal that 43% of SMEs in the sector have seen orders increase … Continue reading

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Bank figures suggest businesses have little appetite for loans

The latest UK bank lending data from the British Bankers’ Association provides little evidence that the government’s ‘funding for lending’ scheme is driving more companies to borrow money to invest in the business. The BBA figures showed that non-financial businesses … Continue reading

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ABF heads for unexpected profit hike

The food manufacturer and cheap fashion retailing giant Associated British Foods (ABF) announced today that it was heading for an unexpected profits boost In a trading statement, the company said the worst UK harvest of recent years resulted in low … Continue reading

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Birmigham Uni and Westfield to develop electric race car kit

Birmingham City University has joined forces with the sportscar manufacturer Westfield in a new partnership to develop the world’s first build-at-home electric race car kit. The iRacer, an all-electric sports car kit engineered to support what the partnership describes as … Continue reading

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