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The latest news from the fast-moving world of engineering design, including the latest innovations, applications and research information.

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SMEs answer call for greater productivity

Improving productivity is helping small and medium manufacturers in England continue to grow and adapt to a general softening in the marketplace, according to the latest Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Barometer.  Read More


Milliband vows to boost number of female engineers

Thousands of female engineers will be trained up as part of a national mission to get Britain building again, Ed Miliband announced today.  Read More


Getting to grips with composites

A new information service, dedicated to helping customers get to grips with composites, has been launched by Lucideon.  Read More


Rolls-Royce lands £3.2bn Airbus deal

Rolls-Royce has secured a £3.2billion order from Delta Air Lines to supply engines for 50 new Airbus aircraft.  Read More


Advanced Composite Materials Facility opened

Greg Clark, Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities, has opened the University of Southampton's Advanced Composite Materials Facility. The facility, the only of its kind in the UK, will develop and manufacture new and advanced materials for semiconductor electronics, data storage, photonics and energy harvesting, conversion and storage.  Read More


Unite calls for government action to tackle skills gap

The UK economy is facing a dire engineering skills gap and needs 87,000 new engineers a year over the next decade, a report by Unite the union has warned.  Read More


GKN to lead £30m wing technology project

A national research programme – aimed at bringing the latest aircraft wing design, manufacture and assembly technologies to market – is being launched by GKN Aerospace.  Read More


Artificial muscle 'remembers' movements

Artificial muscles that can learn and recall specific movements have been developed by engineers from the University of Cambridge.  Read More


£5m boost for maritime autonomous systems

Innovate UK and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) are to invest up to £5million in collaborative R&D projects to stimulate the development of marine and maritime autonomous systems.  Read More


Demand for 'intelligent' motor control soars

Intelligent motor control centres (IMCCs) are gaining market share at the cost of traditional MCCs, new research shows.  Read More


Hauser calls for long term expansion of Catapult network

Technology entrepreneur Hermann Hauser has called for a long term expansion of the Catapult network he helped to establish four years ago.  Read More


BAE uses VR tech to design Royal Navy warships

Engineers at BAE Systems are overhauling their approach to the design and build of Royal Navy warships by using cutting edge virtual reality technology.  Read More


Inflatable incubator wins James Dyson Award

A low cost, inflatable incubator – designed for use in the developing world – has won the 2014 James Dyson Award.  Read More


Shell invests £1m in Tomorrow's Engineers programme

As part of its efforts to address the critical shortage of engineers facing the UK, Shell has announced an investment of over £1million in the Tomorrow's Engineers programme.  Read More


Report identifies £2bn growth opportunity for UK auto suppliers

The Automotive Council has highlighted a £2billion growth opportunity for UK component suppliers.  Read More


Rolls-Royce to cut 2,600 jobs

Rolls-Royce is to cut 2,600 jobs over the next 18 months – principally in its aerospace division – as part of a "programme to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs".  Read More


Ford debuts pedestrian detection technology

A new 'pre-collision assist' system has been unveiled by Ford, which it says could reduce the severity of and, in some cases, even eliminate collisions on our roads.  Read More


Manufacturing growth accelerates

UK manufacturing made a bright start to the final quarter of 2014, with rates of expansion in production and new business accelerating sharply from their September lows.   Read More


Campaign aims to inspire tomorrow’s engineers

Today marks the start of Tomorrow's Engineers Week, an initiative which sees government and industry unite to engage with the engineers of the future.  Read More


IET welcomes first female president

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has appointed its first female president.  Read More


JLR opens engine manufacturing centre

The Queen has opened Jaguar Land Rover's £500million engine manufacturing centre (EMC) in Wolverhampton. The facility, announced in September 2011, will see engines being produced in-house for the first time in a generation.  Read More


Economic growth remains slow but solid, says CBI

Economic growth slowed a little in the three months to October, but remains relatively solid, according to the CBI's latest growth indicator.  Read More


Aircraft deliveries at record levels

More commercial aircraft were delivered globally during Q3 2014 than in any other corresponding period on record, according to aerospace trade organisation, ADS Group.   Read More


Bosch Rexroth joins Manufacturing Technology Centre

Bosch Rexroth is the latest company to join the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), in Coventry, which brings together manufacturers and the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Loughborough, with TWI (the Welding Institute).   Read More


3D printed bionic hand fitted to first patient

BEEAs winner Joel Gibbard has successfully fitted his low cost, 3D printed bionic hand to a 23-year-old UK man born without a right hand.  Read More

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