Advanced manufacturing

Surprise decline in exports from region prompts fresh action to get West firms to trade overseas

December 6, 2013
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Surprise decline in exports from region prompts fresh action to get West firms to trade overseas

Efforts to get more South West firms to export are being stepped up after new figures showed the first fall in overseas sales from the region for more than a year. Exports by value dropped by 3.3% in the third quarter to £3.32bn, sparked by a fall-off in h...

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Suppliers start to benefit from renewed strength in region’s manufacturing sector

December 2, 2013
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Suppliers start to benefit from renewed strength in region’s manufacturing sector

The West of England’s strength in the aerospace and automotive sectors is creating strong conditions for smaller firms in their supply chains with most expecting to increase staffing and investment over the next three months. According to the latest Manufacturing Outlook survey published today by manufacturers’ organisation EEF and...

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Brunel’s original Temple Meads station goes back to the future as platform for Bristol’s innovation

December 2, 2013
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Brunel’s original Temple Meads station goes back to the future as platform for Bristol’s innovation

Bristol’s ambition to be a world-class city for innovation and creativity takes a major leap forward today when Brunel’s original railway station at Temple Meads re-opens as a hi-tech enterprise hub. The Engine Shed, once Bristol’s gateway to the world, has been transformed into a modern centre to spearhead...

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Most West manufacturers enjoy sales growth but remain cautious on future prospects

November 26, 2013
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Most West manufacturers enjoy sales growth but remain cautious on future prospects

Sales have increased for more than half the West’s small to medium-sized West manufacturers over the past six months, with just over a third also experiencing an increase in inquiries and orders. The upbeat picture emerges from the Manufacturing Advisory Service’s latest Barometer, which also reveals a slight rise...

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Far-reaching LEP plan puts West of England’s innovation at heart of growth agenda

November 22, 2013
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Far-reaching LEP plan puts West of England’s innovation at heart of growth agenda

An ambitious plan is being drawn up to harness Bristol and the West of England’s creativity and innovation to potentially create more than 100,000 jobs over the next 17 years. The emphasis will be on five key sectors spanning digital to aerospace, and in which the area is already...

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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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