Monthly Archives: January 2014

Manufacturing missing opportunity for women to fill skills gap

Neither the government nor the manufacturing industry is doing enough to close the skills gap by attracting women to non-traditional roles, according to manufacturing recruitment specialist Beatrice Bartlay. Bartlay – mustering her evidence from recent UK Commission for Employment and … Continue reading

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Huhtamaki UK found guilty in ‘spiked bike chain’ case

The UK division of the global packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki has been fined for safety failings after a long-serving worker lost a finger in an unguarded chain on a machine. The 54-year-old from Gosport, who does not want to be named, … Continue reading

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Lean manufacturing puts Cressall in control

A guest blog from Cy Wilkinson (left), managing director of Cressall Resistors According to the lean philosophy, a company must strive to use all of its assets as efficiently as possible – and the most important resource and asset is … Continue reading

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Mercia expects business to flow from £300,000 water jet investment

The Midlands firm Mercia Architectural is to launch a new manufacturing service. The Dudley-based company has invested £300,000 in the installation of a Dynamic Mach3 high pressure water jet cutting system and says it is setting its sights on winning … Continue reading

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Diageo pledges to save £200m as Guinness goes flat

A new kind of slow pour for its premium beer brand meant there was little froth on first half revenue for the Johnny Walker to Guinness drinks manufacturing giant Diageo. The company reported a 6% decline in its Guinness stout … Continue reading

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Renishaw invests in engineering despite profits dip

The engineering group Renishaw today reported a dip in profits during the first half of its financial year ending December 2013 but said that it was continuing to invest in production and engineering. It had incurred capital expenditure of £19.5m, … Continue reading

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Nissan Sunderland plant output dips

Annual production at Nissan’s flagship European Sunderland plant dipped by 1.7% year-on-year to 501,745 units in 2013 according to new data released by the world’s sixth biggest motor manufacturer today. The company’s global production output figures show that UK production … Continue reading

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