Advanced manufacturing

GKN’s wing plant gives students leading-edge view of hi-tech manufacturing

October 25, 2013
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GKN’s wing plant gives students leading-edge view of hi-tech manufacturing

Sixteen students from the recently-opened Bristol Technology and Engineering (BTE) Academy gained a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the world of hi-tech aircraft design and manufacturing when they visited GKN Aerospace’s Severnside plant. The students were taking part in the See Inside Manufacturing initiative aimed at encouraging young people to...

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Innovation will be key to unlocking Bristol’s bright future, conference hears

October 16, 2013
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Innovation will be key to unlocking Bristol’s bright future, conference hears

Bristol will have a bright economic future if it harnesses the innovation of its key sectors and the talents of its skilled workforce and also markets itself effectively, a major conference heard this week. But it needs to overcome some serious issues, particularly around transport, and it needs to...

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High-profile conference will put Bristol’s bright future in the spotlight

October 15, 2013
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High-profile conference will put Bristol’s bright future in the spotlight

A major conference this afternoon will explain why Bristol is set to have one of the UK’s best-performing local economies as the country moves out of recession. The high-profile Bristol’s Bright Future event at Ashton Gate will hear from a range of speakers who will take the pulse of...

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Bristol Curry Club’s powerful start with talk on impact of Hinkley C

October 11, 2013
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Bristol Curry Club’s powerful start with talk on impact of Hinkley C

Bristol’s latest networking club launched this week with the hot topic of nuclear energy and the economic boost the yet-to-be-built Hinkley Point C reactor is already bringing to the area. The Bristol Curry Club, which is aimed primarily at those working in property, finance and construction, attracted more than...

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Upbeat West businesses start to see early signs of recovery

October 8, 2013
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West firms are showing some significant signs of recovery as the economic upturn gains traction, according to the upbeat results of a new survey. Domestic sales for the region’s manufacturing and services sectors have climbed strongly over the past three months while other measures including employment and business confidence,...

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Oman selects Bristol as host city for automotive market delegation

October 1, 2013
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Oman selects Bristol as host city for automotive market delegation

A high-profile delegation of Omani business owners has been in Bristol this week to find out how the city’s automotive aftermarket operates and to develop links with local businesses in the sector. The 15 delegates have been taking part in a five-day tailored training scheme to improve their professional...

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£5.8m armoured vehicle programme contract secured by SciSys

July 25, 2013
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£5.8m armoured vehicle programme contract secured by SciSys

Specialist West software group SciSys has won a £5.78m contract with defence giant Lockheed Martin UK to work on its programme to upgrade and improve the British Army’s Warrior armoured fighting vehicle fleet under the MoD’s Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP).  The group, which has its headquarters in Chippenham...

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Actually, it is rocket science. Bloodhound’s Bristol team ‘are the world’s best’

July 9, 2013
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Actually, it is rocket science. Bloodhound’s Bristol team ‘are the world’s best’

The team behind The Bloodhound Project, the supersonic car under construction in Bristol which will attempt to beat the 1,000mph land speed record, is “the best in the world”, says driver Andy Green. And he should know. Not only is Andy the man who will be at the controls...

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Auto parts distributor deal creates major national player

July 12, 2012
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South of England car parts distributor Camberley Auto Factors, which has a branch in Bristol, has today been acquired by larger Northern distributor Andrew Page for an undisclosed sum. Hampshire-based Camberley has 26 sites in the South, including a depot on Bristol's Avonside Industrial Estate, while Andrew Page, which...

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Sales team of the year award for Bristol Mercedes-Benz dealer

November 21, 2011
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Sales staff at Bristol’s Mercedes-Benz dealership are celebrating being part of the regional group that recently won the manufacturer’s Sales Team of the Year Award. The Cribbs Causeway dealership is one of the Sytner group of Mercedes-Benz sites in the West judged as having the best UK sales team...

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Bristol electric cars charge to Exeter

October 25, 2011
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Electric cars can now drive between Bristol and Exeter without fear of running out of power after Ecotricity opened a new charging point on the M5 at Sedgemoor services – as part of the world’s first national charging network. The “Electric Highway” now has charging points at Welcome Break...

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Heralding the M4 Hydrogen Corridor

September 22, 2011
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Trailblazing advances in the use of hydrogen as a fuel in Bristol and Swindon have opened up what is being described as the M4 Hydrogen Corridor. Cllr Neil Harrison, the city council's assistant cabinet member for sustainability, has welcomed this week's opening of the UK’s first open access hydrogen vehicle refuelling...

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