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UK manufacturing growth holds up, but orders weaken – CBI

The UK's manufacturers had a mixed month in September, with production continuing to rise steadily but order books deteriorating, according to the CBI's latest Industrial Trends Survey.   Read More


EEF calls for rebalancing of economy

A call for Britain's political leaders to back policies that will rebalance the UK's economy has come from manufacturers' organisation, the EEF.  Read More


€1bn metals project launched

Lightweight alloys and metal composites are the focus of a new €1billion project being led by the European Space Agency.  Read More


Engineering firms gear up for £10bn HS2 contracts

British engineering companies are being invited to bid for up to £10billion worth of contracts to build England's new high speed rail network.  Read More


JLR invests in engine combustion research

Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to create two centres of excellence for engine combustion research at two leading UK universities.   Read More


Optimism growing among small manufacturers

Small manufacturers are set to make the most of the strengthening UK economy by focusing on domestic markets for their future growth, the latest Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Barometer suggests.  Read More


New 3D printing material is 50x more resilient than ABS

Plastics specialist igus created a tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, which it says is up to 50x more resistant to wear and abrasion than products made from ABS1 and PLA2.  Read More


Composite fan blades boost aircraft fuel efficiency

GE is utilising a next generation carbon fibre composite for the fan blades of its new GE9X engine, which it says will deliver fuel savings of around 5%.  Read More


MoD in £3.5bn armoured vehicle deal

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to sign a £3.5billion contract with General Dynamics for nearly 600 new armoured vehicles.  Read More


Steel pistons cut fuel consumption by 3%

As part of its quest for ever greater fuel economy, Mercedes-Benz has replaced the aluminium pistons in its diesel passenger cars with hi-tech steel ones.  Read More


Manufacturing growth continues to slow

Growth in the manufacturing sector slowed further in August, with both new orders and output increasing less rapidly than before.  Read More


Surge in aircraft orders creates new record

The recent Farnborough Airshow has driven the biggest ever monthly increase in aircraft orders, according to aerospace trade organisation, ADS Group.  Read More


Planes to get 'smart skin' that can detect damage

A so-called 'smart skin' – made up of tens of thousands of tiny sensors – could be fitted to future aircraft so that they can 'feel' changes in speed, temperature, physical strain and movement.  Read More


IET: "Engineering GCSE should be reformed, not scrapped"

Proposals to remove the engineering GCSE from the curriculum could make the skills crisis an even bigger cause of concern for UK employers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has warned.  Read More


BEEAs 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2014 British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) has been announced.  Read More


Technique could make 3D printing faster and cheaper

Engineers from the University of Sheffield have found a way to make 3D printed parts lighter and stronger, using a process they say is faster and more economical than existing techniques.  Read More


Outlook remains healthy for manufacturers, says CBI

Manufacturing output growth eased in the three months to August, but growth expectations for the coming quarter remain robust, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey.   Read More


Drones could help combat flooding

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could soon be used to help with flood prevention measures in the UK, after being given the go-ahead to operate by The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).  Read More


UK moves up global manufacturing league table

The UK has become the lowest-cost manufacturer in Western Europe, according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG).   Read More


Software system creates 3D shapes automatically from sketches

A graphics system developed at the University of British Columbia is said to allow complex 3D shapes to be produced from simple professional sketches.  Read More


JLR to open special vehicle operations technical centre

Jaguar Land Rover has chosen Prologis Park, Ryton, near Coventry for its £20million special vehicle operations technical centre.  Read More


Record number of students choosing STEM

The drive to get more students to study STEM subjects at school and university level looks like it's finally paying off.  Read More


Biomechanical engineers 'should play a role in NHS'

With the increasing importance and complexity of technology used in hospitals, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' new report, Biomedical engineering: advancing UK healthcare, is calling for urgent action to prioritise the role of engineers in the NHS, and introduce a Chief Biomedical Engineer in every NHS acute trust.  Read More


NASA to build 3D printed telescope

NASA aerospace engineer Jason Budinoff is working to create the first space telescope made entirely from 3D printed parts.  Read More


Engineers 'in high demand'

Engineers are hard to come by. That's the overall conclusion of a survey undertaken by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).  Read More

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