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The Richborough connection to Canterbury is complete

The Richborough connection to Canterbury is complete
The National Grid and its contractors Murphy Eltel Joint Venture have finished building the new 20km high voltage electricity line between Richborough and Canterbury to connect the Nemo Link, into the UK’s electricity transmission system. The new line, consisting of 60 new pylons is the first to be built in Kent for 25 years.
11th December 2018

Star engineer aims to help build careers in a skills-threatened sector

Highly-skilled young Scottish engineer Sean McKenzie has many accomplishments, but perhaps his most important contribution to the sector could be a simple lesson: that skills shortages can be overcome. His 11-year career at Blantyre-based, globally-operating semiconductor specialist Ichor Systems has been an object lesson in how focused nurturing of talent can create a new generation of professionals who excel in skills which were in danger of being lost.
11th December 2018

International engineering firm invests in digital strategy

International engineering firm invests in digital strategy
A Yorkshire-based engineering firm, operating in the print industry, has invested £110,000 in its digital marketing strategy. Absolute, based in Huddersfield, has appointed Leeds-based creative agency, Tall to strengthen its online presence. The two businesses first worked together on the development of Absolute’s ‘Sono’, the world’s first and only ultrasonic on-press cleaner.  
7th December 2018


What have the pyramids taught the engineering sector?

What have the pyramids taught the engineering sector?
  The structure of the Great Pyramid of Giza is truly a marvellous feat of human engineering, and in fact of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is the last one left standing, despite being the oldest.
5th December 2018

STEM employment nearly 50% female

 STEM employment nearly 50% female
Over the past few decades, there has been a massive rise in the female workforce, with the employment rate of women aged 25 to 54 up from 57% in 1975 to a record high of 78% in 2017. In fact, recent reports collected by Fresh Student Living found women in the UK are 35% more likely to go to university than men.
28th November 2018

The ageing of workforce

The ageing of workforce
News of Japan’s plans to increase the age of retirement to 70 years old will have the British public anxious about our own plans. The Asian country’s government are hoping to pave the way for workers to stay in their role longer following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to encourage companies to increase their self-imposed retirement age.
25th October 2018

Manufacturing and the influence of smart factories

Manufacturing and the influence of smart factories
Many tech and industry experts claim that optimising the manufacturing process to create an integrated and collaborative process will bring about the world’s next industrial revolution. As technology continues to develop around the world, producers and manufacturers are beginning to implement the smart factory concept. But what are smart factories and how do they affect how we work? Let's look at which technologies are within Smart Factories and what to look out for that will push the barriers of smart manufacturing even further.
25th October 2018

Superplastic forming expertise at Advanced Engineering Show

Superplastic forming expertise at Advanced Engineering Show
Group Rhodes will be showcasing its new technologies at the Advanced Engineering Show (NEC, Birmingham 31st Oct–1st Nov, Stand M101). The company works in the field of superplastic forming (SPF) and diffusion bonding (DB), having designed, manufactured and installed titanium and aluminium forming cells for leading aerospace and automotive manufacturers worldwide.
24th September 2018

Bridging the gender gap and encouraging girls to pursue STEM

Bridging the gender gap and encouraging girls to pursue STEM
Following its successful debut in July 2017, the NEA International Mentoring Workshop in Science and Engineering returned to Japan for the second year. Joshikai II for Future Scientists was held on 8‑9 August 2018 in Tokyo, in co‑operation with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), in order to motivate young female students to explore science and engineering careers, and to suggest ways to overcome any barriers they may face along the way.
14th August 2018

Brexit worries stifle manufacturers international growth plans

Brexit worries stifle manufacturers international growth plans
According to new figures, concerns over Brexit is stifling UK SME manufacturers' export growth as the sector focuses on stabilising its current position. The latest national Manufacturing Barometer reveals manufacturers' fears over ongoing Brexit uncertainty, highlighting that their attention must be on consolidation, especially as they also anticipate an overall slowdown in increased sales coupled with a struggle to recruit more staff in the short term.
6th August 2018

'Inspiration for Innovation' project motivates local school students

'Inspiration for Innovation' project motivates local school students
Silverstone Park developer MEPC has appointed Gaia Innovation to launch a pilot project working with schools – Inspiration for Innovation – with the aim of helping young people in the area achieve higher level skills and better career opportunities due to greater engagement with local employers. More than 20 businesses associated with Silverstone Park have already volunteered to take part in Inspiration for Innovation which will benefit extensively from Gaia’s expertise in inspiring secondary school students.
31st July 2018

Projects encouraging women and girls into STEM to be funded

Projects encouraging women and girls into STEM to be funded
Local charities and community groups with a particular focus on inspiring and encouraging women and girls into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are being urged to apply for up to £20,000 of funding. Applications for funding from People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, are open from 1-15th August, and a funding pot of £1m is available for projects focussing on employability, promoting human rights and combatting poverty.
27th July 2018

How apprentices can provide benefits to the construction industry

How apprentices can provide benefits to the construction industry
Within the construction industry, experts have noted considerable concern for the fact that the sector is currently struggling with a lack of skilled workers. According to City & Guilds, 87% of employers last year were already having difficulty in recruiting the required skilled workers their business needs. Plus, as revealed by Construction News, official figures reveal that 12.6% of the UK's workforce within construction come from abroad.
25th July 2018

Drainage specialist helps gas plant with pipe blockage

Drainage specialist helps gas plant with pipe blockage
A CCTV camera system designed for surveying sewers has been put to a new use - investigating concerns about a pipe blockage at a gas plant. Drainage engineers based at the Lanes Group depot in Aberdeen were called in to survey the gas pipe at the biogas generation plant near Coupar Angus, in Perth and Kinross.
25th July 2018

Why aren’t there enough women in tech and what can we do?

Why aren’t there enough women in tech and what can we do?
During London Tech Week Mike Butcher, editor at Tech Crunch hosted a panel evening with Clare Gilmartin, CEO at Trainline, Amali de Alwis, CEO at Code First: Girls, Ana Avaliani, of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Chi Onwurah, Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation to discuss the real reasons why there aren’t enough women in technology and what we can do about it.
11th July 2018

Fluid Power Challenge extended to Cambridgeshire schools

Fluid Power Challenge extended to Cambridgeshire schools
The successful national programme, The Secondary Engineer Fluid Power Challenge, which aims to attract secondary school pupils into engineering is being launched into schools in Cambridgeshire and East Anglia. The project is set to run during 2018/19 and aims to introduce over 200 14-year olds to the fun and challenge of building a pick and place robot arm using low cost materials and fluid power principles.
6th July 2018

Let us in! What can we do about the lack of females in tech?

Let us in! What can we do about the lack of females in tech?
Only 17% of employees in the tech sector are women out of the 2.1 million people, so how does the industry plan to solve this? Well recognition is a start, and last weekend we saw the International Women in Engineering Day 2018, and it is safe to say there has been a real buzz about encouraging more women into the industry – which is fantastic to see.
29th June 2018

Vehicle-hire firm celebrates INWED pledging to increase female workers

Vehicle-hire firm celebrates INWED pledging to increase female workers
Yorkshire’s largest independent vehicle-hire firm is celebrating International Women in Engineering Day on June 23 with a pledge to actively work to increase its’ female workforce. In contrast to the predominately male industry in which it operates, currently 25% of Arrow Self Drive’s personnel is female; several of which hold senior management positions and take a leading role in driving the company forward.
21st June 2018

New hi-tech innovation centre brings together business and arts

New hi-tech innovation centre brings together business and arts
Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor has recently opened a £5m collaborative space for businesses, artists and academics to work together on new innovative projects. The Mayor cut the ribbon to open Phase One of Birmingham City University and Eastside Projects’ STEAMhouse facility, which has been masterminded as a place where SMEs and artists can work together on new projects and business ideas.
18th June 2018

Digitalisation and servitisation: the competitive advantage?

Digitalisation and servitisation: the competitive advantage?
You can broaden the horizons of your digital transformation to capture more value from your products, with Aston Business School, as it has relationships with over 100 manufacturing firms which allows insight into the industry’s journey to digital maturity, transformation, and servitisation, adding value by reshaping products into services.
6th June 2018


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