Monthly Archives: August 2013

Garador production running at all-time high

Garage door manufacturer Garador has reported that it is running at an all time high following the expansion of its Somerset-based factory (pictured). The company boasts that the 1,600 square metre extension of its production plant in Yeovil, has made … Continue reading

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Grove joins the Midlands Assembly Network

The manufacturing consortium known as the Midlands Assembly Network (MAN) has announced that product design and engineering specialist Grove Design has become its latest member. The recruitment to the now 10-strong group of the Herefordshire-based business – which provides a … Continue reading

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More universities must share research with SMEs, says engineering chief

The outgoing President of Europe’s largest engineering body is calling for more universities to give small and medium sized businesses open access to the intellectual property (IP) that they create. Professor Andy Hopper (pictured), who is stepping down after his … Continue reading

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Finance conditions for SMEs improve, but interest in borrowing remains muted

The latest credit conditions survey from the manufacturers’ organisation EEF suggests that the UK could be on the verge of an investment renaissance. Ahead of the release of next month’s data on the government’s Funding for Lending scheme, EEF’s survey … Continue reading

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GM fined £150,000 for safety breach that led to worker’s death

Vauxhall parent General Motors has been fined £150,000 over the death of a worker who was crushed in machinery at its car factory in Ellesmere Port (pictured). GM was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after 59 year … Continue reading

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Cranfield to set up apprentice manufacturers on the moon

Apprentices in engineering and manufacturing are being invited by Cranfield University to set up a manufacturing plant on the moon. A competition, which is open to teams of apprentices from all UK manufacturing sectors,  will ask the apprentices to study … Continue reading

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Output growth reaches two year high for UK manufacturers – CBI survey

Manufacturers have seen a significant rise in production levels in the three months to August, alongside markedly improved order books, according to the latest CBI monthly Industrial Trends Survey. The survey records that while firms have seen their positive expectations … Continue reading

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