Advanced manufacturing

Filton jobs protected as Airbus lands deals worth a possible £30bn

November 18, 2013
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Filton jobs protected as Airbus lands deals worth a possible £30bn

Aerospace giant Airbus landed a clutch of deals potentially worth more than £30bn on the first day of the Dubai air show, including for its A380 superjumbo and new A350, which has yet to enter commercial service. Dubai-based airline Emirates said it will buy 50 more Airbus A380 superjumbos...

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Major North Sea oil extraction programme taps into DPS Global’s technical innovation

November 15, 2013
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Major North Sea oil extraction programme taps into DPS Global’s technical innovation

Advanced engineering firm DPS Global has been awarded a multi-million pound contract to design an innovative cylindrical vessel to extract and process oil in the North Sea. The Portishead-based firm, which operates across the world in the upstream oil and gas and environmental technology industries, is working closely with...

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Don’t miss out on the taxman’s generosity over research and development spending

November 15, 2013
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Don’t miss out on the taxman’s generosity over research and development spending

West firms are being advised to check whether they qualify for valuable tax credits under the Government’s research and development (R&D) scheme. West accountancy firm Milsted Langdon, which has an office in Bristol, says many firms are unaware they are eligible for the scheme which increases tax relief against...

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Bristol’s pioneering robot project to offer glimpse of tomorrow’s world

November 15, 2013
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Bristol’s pioneering robot project to offer glimpse of tomorrow’s world

Young people will get the chance to be creative with computers tomorrow at an event in Bristol aimed at combating the skills shortage in electrical and electronic engineering and computer science. Students from the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Engineering have collaborated with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT...

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Renishaw founder Sir David McMurtry and MITIE scoop major national business awards

November 13, 2013
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Renishaw founder Sir David McMurtry and MITIE scoop major national business awards

Sir David McMurtry, founder of West-based advanced engineering group Renishaw, and Bristol-based outsourcing group MITIE were among the winners at last night’s prestigious 2013 National Business Award. Sir David collected the Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Business Excellence while MITIE's pioneering achievements in promoting diversity were recognised...

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Pioneering collaboration could put Bristol at centre of 3D printing revolution

November 11, 2013
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Pioneering collaboration could put Bristol at centre of 3D printing revolution

Two Bristol firms have joined forces with international tech group Renishaw, based just outside the city, to break new ground in 3D printing, a pioneering process with the potential to revolutionise manufacturing. While 3D printing has been around for some years, because it is not repeatable on a large...

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Bristol defence jobs to go as BAE swings axe at shipyards

November 6, 2013
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Bristol defence jobs to go as BAE swings axe at shipyards

Defence giant BAE Systems has confirmed that jobs will be axed at its Bristol warship design base as part of the 1,775 shipyard job losses announced earlier today. The group employs about 200 engineers at its site in Filton. They are employed on design and other technical work linked...

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International recognition for manufacturer Renishaw’s war on waste

November 5, 2013
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International recognition for manufacturer Renishaw’s war on waste

West advanced manufacturing group Renishaw has become one of the first firms to be awarded a pioneering international standard for cutting its carbon and water use. The Wotton-under-edge firm, which makes hi-tech measuring products used in factories across the world, is one of five organisations to complete a pilot...

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Innovative wing work at its Bristol plant lands two awards for GKN Aerospace

October 31, 2013
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Innovative wing work at its Bristol plant lands two awards for GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace has received a second award for the wing section it makes for Airbus’s A350 XWB aircraft at its pioneering Severnside plant near Bristol. The 27m-long rear wing spar is manufactured in three sections using innovative, light-weight composite material and forms the structural heart of the A350 wing’s...

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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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