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Calls for industrial strategy for all Brexit scenarios

30 August, 2017

There is growing support from industry for the creation of an industrial strategy which will be a crucial component in managing economic change regardless of the final Brexit deal, but the government needs to take the strategy to the next level and fill in the gaps ahead of the forthcoming White Paper in a new Policy Digest published by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Raspberry Pi wins UK’s top engineering innovation prize

25 August, 2017

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent has presented the UK’s top engineering innovation prize – the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award – to the team of engineers behind Raspberry Pi, the small but mighty microcomputer that has revolutionised control systems and redefined how people engage with coding.

North American half-year robot sales top $1bn for the first time

18 August, 2017

The first half of 2017 was the best-ever for the North American robotics market, with new records set for orders, revenues and units shipped, according to Association for Advancing Automation (A3). It also reports a 14% rise in orders for motion control and motor products, and the best-ever first-half performance by the machine vision sector.

UK must accelerate digitalisation to counter uncertainty say business chiefs

17 August, 2017

Business leaders from across industry have called for the rapid acceleration of digitalisation to counter uncertainty in the economy as well as provide a much needed boost to productivity and skills. Siemens polled 30 CEOs and board level executives of the UK’s leading small and large businesses at a summit held recently at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Hosokawa Represents SMEs on Governments Industrial Digitisation Review

03 August, 2017

Hosokawa Micron Ltd is among a group of businesses from across the UK participating in a review for Government of ‘Industrial Digitalisation’ and how to unlock the opportunities it presents. The review, chaired by Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK, was announced in the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper published in January 2016. Other participating companies include IBM, GSK, BAE Systems and Rolls Royce.

Rockwell Automation opens first Customer Center for The Connected Enterprise in EMEA

24 May, 2017

Rockwell Automation’s first Customer Center for The Connected Enterprise in EMEA was opened recently an event attended by Smart Machines & Factories at the Center’s base in the technology city of Karlsruhe, Germany.

New bionic robot concepts are inspired by elephants, octopuses and the human arm

24 May, 2017

Festo, supplier of automation equipment, has unveiled three new lightweight robotic concepts for handling with pneumatics, working in collaboration with humans.

New FANUC UK headquarters provides platform for growth

24 May, 2017

FANUC UK, manufacturer of automation and industrial robotic solutions has officially opened its state-of-the-art headquarters at Ansty Park, Coventry.

First Cyber Factory training facility in the UK installed at Middlesex University

16 May, 2017

The UK’s first Cyber Factory training facility has been installed at Middlesex University London’s new Ritterman Building.

Boeing announces new manufacturing facility

25 May, 2017

US aerospace company Boeing is to open a brand new manufacturing facility alongside the AMRC in Sheffield. The company is co-founder of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s (AMRC), part of the HVM Catapult.

EEF and Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing team up to offer 4IR guidance

10 May, 2017

The EEF and the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) in Cambridge will team up at a major seminar next month to offer guidance from some of the UK’s leading experts on how to become a fully digitalised manufacturing enterprise.

Engineering profession demands "bold, long-term vision"

24 April, 2017

The Royal Academy of Engineering has called on the British government to “rewrite the rules and avoid short-termism and siloed policy making” with its next proposals for industrial strategy in a report titled “Engineering an economy that works for all”.

Aventics announces acquisition of Vector Horizon Technology

11 April, 2017

Aventics, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pneumatic components and systems, has announced the acquisition of Vector Horizon Technology LLC (VHtek), based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. By this acquisition, the pneumatics specialists "will further strengthen their position in the global commercial vehicles business".

ABB acquires B&R

10 April, 2017

ABB has announced its acquisition of B&R, the largest independent provider focused on product- and software- based, open-architecture solutions for machine and factory automation worldwide. B&R, founded in 1979 by Erwin Bernecker and Josef Rainer is headquartered in Eggelsberg, Austria, and employs more than 3,000 people, including about 1,000 R&D and application engineers.

Leaders convene to learn about accelerating global industrial productivity

02 February, 2017

More than 10,000 industrial professionals attended the 25th annual Automation Fair event in Atlanta to discover how a more connected industrial business can improve its ability to compete globally.

Cautious optimism for Government’s industrial strategy

02 February, 2017

The launch of the Government’s industrial strategy plan recently has been greeted with cautious optimism by industry.

Hannover Messe 2017 to highlight the benefits of Industry 4.0

25 October, 2016

The Hannover Messe 2016 had a clear message: integrated industry has well and truly reached the mainstream. To prove its point, the show featured over 400 application examples of fully digitalised processes for the manufacturing and energy industries. Therefore is has recently been confirmed that “Integrated Industry – Creating Value” is the official theme for Hannover Messe 2017.

EEF launches ‘Make Great’ programme to train future manufacturing leaders

25 October, 2016

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation has launched a new leadership and development programme to help companies train the future manufacturing leaders to keep the UK at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.

Generation Z vs the machine

25 October, 2016

Stephen Parker explains how businesses can use technology to enhance jobs rather than replace them.

New foresight review on robotics and autonomous systems

25 October, 2016

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation, has launched its Foresight review of robotics and autonomous systems at the first Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Conference in London.

Leadership from the top needed to spearhead productivity shift

25 October, 2016

Experts agreed at a recent panel debate that if the UK is to address its productivity performance that currently sees it lag 20% behind the G7 average in terms of output, then the adoption of digital technology solutions will be critical. The panel debate was chaired by Juergen Maier, chief executive, Siemens UK & Ireland who summarised: “The country requires the leadership and ambition at the top of businesses to spearhead a productivity shift and ensure the UK can make the most of the great opportunity Industry 4.0 provides.”

British manufacturers and engineers target growth despite concerns over EU exit plans

25 October, 2016

British manufacturers and engineers are optimistic of their future growth prospects, but are cautious of the impact leaving the European Union could have on their plans, according to a new survey from MHA and Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

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