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Stronger, lighter steel developed for automotive industry

Tata Steel has developed a new grade of steel for the automotive industry. The move is in response to market requirements for stronger and lighter steels.  Read More


Aerospace-grade composites made easy

A team from Loughborough University has come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fibre-reinforced composites.  Read More


Millbrook invites companies to join Technology Park

Millbrook has been given planning permission to build a 24,900m2 Technology Park at its Bedfordshire site.  Read More


Engineering graduates are highest earners

Students graduating from engineering courses are among the highest earners, The Times Good University Guide 2015 shows.  Read More


Five reasons to attend the Engineering Design Show

The Engineering Design Show will be returning to Coventry's Ricoh Arena in just one month's time. The Show will give design engineers the chance to attend an event catering specifically to their needs, gaining access to high level conferences, free practical workshops and an exhibition demonstrating and promoting cutting edge technology and innovation from market leading suppliers.  Read More


Next-gen pylon to be made in UK

UK steel maker Mabey Bridge is to build the support towers for a new generation of pylon structures that could be rolled out across the UK network. The contract awarded by National Grid is for the first six T-shape pylons that are due to be trialled at a test facility in Nottinghamshire.   Read More


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

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