Special promotions and discounted pricing to mark 30th anniversary of AAG
AAG will until 15th May be running a series of special promotions, including unprecedented discounted pricing, for its AXYZ and WARDJet machines
Unrivalled speed, consistency and ease-of-use from new Keyence measurement system
Measurement specialist Keyence has further enhanced its leading dimension measurement system range with even greater speed, accuracy and ease-of-use.
XYZ Machine Tools boosted by record start to 2021
The Devon-based machine tool manufacturer reported its highest order intake for 18 months in February, only for that figure to be exceeded in March
ESAB Europe Xpanse virtual welding and cutting event
Worldwide welding and cutting expert ESAB has announced that from 27th to 29th April it will hold ESAB Europe Xpanse, a virtual event that will showcase the industry’s broadest line-up of new welding and cutting systems, filler metals and related technologies. By visiting www.esabxpanse.com, visitors can tour a virtual trade show stand, chat live with product and process experts, watch videos on products from influencers, participate in ESAB University online classes and take a walk through its hall of history
UK subcontractors report positive outlook and look ahead to post-COVID boom
The UK’s subcontract manufacturing sector appears to have weathered the COVID storm and is emerging from lockdown with exceptionally strong sales pipelines, according to a cross-section of the industry’s leaders
TRUMPF enters into close partnership with Lantek and expands software business
The high-tech company TRUMPF has acquired the software house Lantek and thus focuses on software in sheet metal processing that runs independently of the machine manufacturer
Bromford reaches for the sky with MSC
MSC has continually driven impressive ‘cost down’ results and productivity improvements for each of the four Bromford Group sites in the UK
Metrology partnership brings Vision to CMM market
Deltron is the result of a new partnership between Vision Engineering, and Aberlink Ltd, the largest UK-owned manufacturer of co-ordinate measuring machines, vision measuring systems and measurement software. Both Vision Engineering and Aberlink are well known manufacturers in their respective markets and the collaboration will allow both companies to extend their coverage of the global metrology market.
Unison tube bender makes light work of SST’s life-saving Halo system and other titanium structures
Oxfordshire-based SST Technology has invested in a Unison Breeze all-electric CNC tube bending machine
ESPRIT announces new on-demand Learning Center for programmers
ESPRIT has announced the debut release of its on-demand training platform, ESPRIT Learning Center, to the general public
ITC Celebrates 30 years of UK manufacturing
All businesses will be glad to draw a line under 2020 and move into 2021, but for Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) 2021 will be a landmark year as the UK cutting tool manufacturer celebrates 30 years of business. Here, we take a look back at 30 years of ITC and how this prestigious UK manufacturer has grown over the last three decades
EuroBLECH 2021 postponed
The next EuroBLECH, 26th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition will return to its normal event cycle and run from 25 – 28 October 2022
Vintage aeroplane restorer soars with Mazak machine investment
A leading restorer of vintage aeroplanes has increased its capacity and ability to produce challenging bespoke parts by investing in a new turning centre from Yamazaki Mazak.
ESAB and YASKAWA sign collaborative agreement for pre-engineered robotic welding cells
The ESAB Group Inc. and YASKAWA have announced the signing of a global cooperation agreement to jointly develop and market a line of pre-engineered robotic welding systems called XCellerator
Quickgrind now offers ordering on Amazon
Purchasing cutting tools from Tewkesbury cutting tool manufacturer Quickgrind has now been simplified with the company’s product lines available to purchase on Amazon. Recognised for its ‘Infinite Possibilities’ approach to customer requirements in the arena of cutting tools, Quickgrind is now making ‘next day’ delivery of standard product lines a certainty
RK International celebrates 70 years in 2021
Managing director John Schwarz looks back with pride - I am sure I can speak for many with us at these difficult times, when I say that we can all do with some positivity in our working lives and it is with great pleasure and pride that I look forward to sharing a few memories with you over the course of 2021, as RK celebrates its 70th year
KUKA posts record robot sales despite challenging year
KUKA Robotics in the UK and Ireland has posted the strongest annual sales figures in the company’s history, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis and the consequential recession.
Battery Ventures acquires Cimatron and GibbsCAM from 3D Systems
Businesses to join Battery-owned SigmaTEK under new corporate umbrella: combination to spur growth and continue product investment
Hexagon enhances its Smart Manufacturing solutions portfolio with the acquisition of D.P.Technology Corp
Hexagon AB has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire D.P.Technology Corp., a leading developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology.
Fronius opens a new prototyping centre
From the beginning of December, Fronius will be offering car manufacturers, their suppliers and integrators the option to outsource prototype construction.
World’s fastest brass wire launched by Erodex UK
Betterbrass, the world’s fastest brass wire launched by Erodex UK, has helped users increase cutting speed by up to 10 percent in early trials since its launch. Launched into the UK this summer, betterbrass is a next generation special alloy brass wire from bedra (Berkenhoff) Germany
New FMS double loader for machine tools without automatic pallet changers
Fastems, a leader in manufacturing automation equipment and software, has developed a new load handler that can both load machine tools directly and act as an automatic pallet changer
Support from MSC leads to Next Gen Makers expansion into North Staffordshire
MSC Industrial Supply Co. UK is helping to address the engineering skills shortage by supporting Next Gen Makers with its expansion into North Staffordshire
Bringing metal forming knowledge to the next level
This November, GOM UK is hosting its own Metal Forming Knowledge Days, bringing together all our knowledge and expertise in optical metrology in a series of free online events. The event will take place on 24th, 25th and 26th November and will be held via an online portal.
Creaform Connect: 3D Measurement Solutions Summit
Creaform, a worldwide leader in 3D measurement solutions has announced Creaform Connect: 3D Measurement Solutions Summit, a new virtual tradeshow and conference. Starting with two live days on Nov. 17 and 18, forward-thinking manufacturers, education institutions and businesses can explore Creaform’s latest innovations and engineering services at the event
METAV Web Sessions to focus on automation and handling
Automation and handling are increasingly gaining in significance as mega trends in industrial manufacturing. The problem of skilled workers is becoming ever more serious, especially in these difficult times when many companies are under pressure from high costs. At the same time, there are enormously high demands on the quality of products, meaning that businesses are now well advised to consider automation.
FANUC UK to host virtual injection moulding technology event
FANUC UK is hosting a virtual event focusing on automation for the injection moulding industry at the end of November. The online event, which will be hosted between 23rd-27th November, will allow moulding companies to get to grips with emerging automation technology from the comfort of their own desk.
JETCAM launches free nesting software savings calculator
JETCAM has announced a free online tool to estimate possible savings through investment in its nesting software. The figures, provided by a JETCAM nesting benchmark comparison, allow companies to estimate potential savings in three key areas. Prospective companies interested to improve efficiency in the CADCAM/nesting process can request a free nesting benchmark comparison.
Latest version of 123insight MRP/ERP software released
123 Insight Ltd has released v10.10 of its core 123insight MRP/ERP manufacturing software. This incremental release includes a number of new and requested features across the software. Enhancements have been made to Accounts Gateway® integration, providing more information from selected accounts systems such as Sage, XERO or Access Dimensions directly within 123insight such as additional aged debt information.
Hexagon enhances its smart manufacturing solutions portfolio with the acquisition of D.P. Technology Corp
The ESPRIT CAM System, its flagship solution, is the smart manufacturing solution for any machining application. Supporting any class of CNC machine via a common interface and workflow, it provides high-performance CNC machine programming, optimisation, and simulation for a broad range of precision manufacturing applications
Automation beyond traditional machine tending
Fastems Group will host an online Open House & Conference entitled "Productivity Beyond Machine Tending" on November 4, 2020 at 8:00-13:00 CET. The virtual event will showcase the latest developments in automation and surrounding technologies to all metalworking manufacturers. The company’s aim is to educate machine shops on how to improve their efficiency and quality in a manageable, methodical, and practical manner
Heller announces virtual event
German-owned machine tool manufacturer HELLER, which also operates a manufacturing facility at its UK and Ireland subsidiary's headquarters in Redditch, has announced that it will stage an international, interactive, online event from 10th to 12th November. Anyone wishing to register for V-CON 2020 should visit: https://v-con2020.com/login
Acquisition accelerates the adoption of digital twin technology
FARO Technologies Inc, a global leader for 3D measurement, imaging and realisation solutions for 3D Metrology, AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction), and Public Safety Analytics, today announced that the Company has acquired Advanced Technical Solutions in Scandinavia AB (“ATS”), a Swedish-based leader in 3D digital twin solution technology
EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit 2020
The new digital EuroBLECH event is looking ahead. Hosted online from 27–30 October 2020, the EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit provides a much anticipated trade and networking event for the global sheet metal working community, presenting a broad programme for trade professionals including virtual product presentations, expert webinars, and plenty of matchmaking. Visitors can participate for free and register online from the beginning of October
MSC supports CloudNC in the aim to deliver the future of manufacturing
MSC has been appointed by CloudNC on a two-year contract covering vending solutions across metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) categories. MSC will also provide engineering support to identify and deliver cost down efficiencies for CloudNC
KW Special Projects to locate world class Digital Manufacturing Centre at Silverstone Park
MEPC has confirmed that a state-of-the-art digital manufacturing facility, believed to be one of the most technically advanced of its kind in Europe and serving sectors such as aerospace, automotive, defence and marine, will be created inside one of 13 sizeable new industrial properties nearing completion at Silverstone Park
MACH 2021 falls victim to Covid-19
Despite the sterling efforts of organiser the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) for the MACH 2021 exhibition to go ahead in January as planned, the UK’s largest manufacturing trade event has had to be rescheduled to April 2022
Cleaning up the industry during the pandemic with ROCOL
For these successful and forward-thinking companies taking this opportunity to remain productive, ROCOL has the industry’s most comprehensive range of cleaning products, housekeeping and preventative maintenance aerosol, fluid, oil and grease solutions in stock for all your needs
ITC creates App for online purchasing
None of us is ever far from our mobile phone and it is because of our desire to always be connected that Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has now introduced the new ITC App. Created to provide existing and new customers with unparalleled access to all the UK’s leading cutting tools and services
Turbine Machining Days 2020: Okuma and Partners to nnovations for optimised precision machining processes
From 29–30 September 2020, Okuma Europe GmbH is opening the doors of its European headquarters in Krefeld, Germany, for the Turbine Machining Days 2020. In compliance with the hygiene measures required due to the coronavirus, visitors will see the latest process optimisation developments for turning and milling turbine parts, with particular emphasis on precision machining, presented as a 'tour of the stations'
Hurco announces Covid-compliant Open House
Ongoing restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic have reduced opportunities for firms to show their latest products and technology to prospective customers. However, one machine tool company, Hurco Europe, has decided to help keep the wheels of industry moving by staging an open house on 20th, 21st and 22nd October 2020.
LVD plans a series of Technology Events to launch new products
Following the postponement of EuroBLECH 2020, LVD has announced plans for a series of Virtual Technology Events and Technology Days to be held from September through to November 2020 to launch and showcase new laser cutting, bending and punch press products for the sheet metalworking market
123 Insight announces new series of online INFO Exchange events
123 Insight Limited has scheduled a further series of online 123insight INFO Exchange events in response to increased interest in manufacturers to implement ERP/MRP. The next events are scheduled for 22nd July, 12th August, 2nd September and 23rd September, each taking place on a Wednesday at 10.30am
FARO Launches Latest 3D portable CMM
FARO Technologies, Inc, the global leader for 3D measurement, imaging and realisation solutions for 3D Metrology, AEC, and Public Safety Analytics, has announced the release of its most affordable and accurate 3D portable coordinate measurement machine (CMM), the FARO Gage
Some good news!
Raybould Machine Tools Ltd, a worldwide dealer and supplier of new and pre-owned machinery predominantly used within the metal pressing and forming industry, has announce an agreement to act as the Official UK Distributor for the range of mechanical and hydraulic power presses manufactured by Pressix® of Italy
MACH 2021: Leading the way to recovery
January 2021 is going to be a hugely important landmark for UK manufacturers. After the disruption of 2020 getting supply chains moving and investment flowing are going to be big priorities for the New Year. The place to do that will be the NEC, which will not only play host to MACH, the UK’s national engineering and manufacturing exhibition between 25-28th January, but will also be packed with other events
Mazak increases UK production following lockdown easing
Yamazaki Mazak has increased the number of shifts for production at its European Manufacturing Plant following the easing of lockdown restrictions for UK manufacturers. The company will be focusing on the manufacture of a core group of machines, including its new CV5-500 fully simultaneous 5-axis machining centre
Lantek brings cutting-edge Euromac robots “to life”
Lantek, the multinational pioneer in the digital transformation of the sheet metal and fabrication sector, has announced a collaboration agreement with the Italian company, Euromac, recognised worldwide as a supplier of machines for working with sheet metal, including CNC punches, benders and automated sheet metal systems
Public vote of confidence for UK manufacturing
The UK public stands firmly behind the manufacturing sector to support the UK and protect the NHS through coronavirus and into the future. Almost three in four (74 percent) of the UK public believe that the manufacturing sector stepped up to meet the challenge of supporting the UK as coronavirus took a grip on the nation in March 2020
WENZEL and Nikon Metrology enter distribution partnership
The distribution agreement between Nikon Metrology Europe and WENZEL sees two of the biggest global players in metrology create a new partnership. This distribution partnership provides customers with the ultimate combination of innovative CMMs and Nikon Metrology’s unequalled laser scanning technolog
Calibration lab attains ISO 17025:2017 accreditation
Vision Engineering, the 61 year-old British leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality visual measurement and inspection technologies, has attained ISO 17025:2017 accreditation from UKAS and is now a UKAS accredited calibration laboratory No. 7706
Experience the ProtoMAX abrasive waterjet at OMAX’s Virtual Trade Show
OMAX Corporation has announced a virtual trade show showcasing the ProtoMAX®. Using the ProtoMAX abrasive waterjet as a teaching tool for the next generation of manufacturers, OMAX will present a program of design, machinery, and innovation as it pertains to the advancements of abrasive waterjet technology
New 5-axis machining centre from Taiwan
Taiwanese machine tool builder Leadwell CNC Machines has introduced a new model, the BC-600, at the smaller capacity end of its of BC-series of 5-axis machining centres. On all four models, the rotary axes are provided by a ±110-degree B-axis spindle and an integrated C-axis rotary table, both of which may be interpolated with X, Y and Z to allow full 5-axis machining
Clean air from just £0.26 per employee per day
There’s not much you can buy for £0.26 these days, but it can buy you a breath of fresh air! Leading industrial air cleaning specialist Filtermist Systems Ltd’s brand-new ATLAS service programme aims to make it as hassle free as possible for UK manufacturers to ensure their employees are breathing clean, safe air.
75th anniversary of VE Day recognises T W Ward’s wartime efforts
Last Friday marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day, a celebration and opportunity to remember all of those that fought so hard for us during the Second World War. "To those who gave so much, we thank you." To mark the celebration, the British public were encouraged to share stories and memories of those who lived through the war.
Advanced Engineering leads the industry charge into 2021
The UK’s largest annual gathering of engineering professionals, Advanced Engineering, will return to the NEC, Birmingham on November 4 and 5, 2020. Here, the UK’s talented and vast engineering industry can come together again to begin generating business for the new year
Prima Industrie presents Prima@Home
The company, a leader in the high-tech sector of laser and sheet metal processing systems and electronic components for industrial applications, has announced the launch of the new Prima@Home digital channel, a tool that projects the Group's communication beyond geographical borders and barriers
hyperMILL helps Maztech speed through Covid-19 project
Close to ‘Motorsport Valley’ in Letchworth, Maztech Precision Engineering was founded just six years ago by Wayne Bouchier to specialise in multi-axis CNC machining. During this period, the company has earned a reputation for producing quality components for a diverse and growing customer base
Hanwha sliding heads are breathing life into Ventilator Challenge
With the sudden ramp-up of the ‘VentilatorChallengeUK’ project to battle the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Dugard Machine Tools has witnessed an unprecedented surge in enquiries and sales with its Hanwha range of sliding head turning centres
New contract inspection service prioritises medical component manufacturers
Coordinate measuring machine (CMM) manufacturer LK Metrology, based in Castle Donington, Derbyshire, has introduced a subcontract inspection service in support of ventilator and other medical component and equipment manufacturers in the UK and Ireland that may not have sufficient quality control resource in-house
VISI expansion helps medical manufacturer in COVID-19 fight
Expanding its suite of VISI software has enabled a medical components specialist to increase its capacity by up to 40 percent, dedicating that additional production to manufacturing parts to fight COVID-19. XL Precision Technologies already produces components for respiratory devices, but it saw how existing customers and other medical companies may need more support, more quickly, as Coronavirus took hold.
3T and EOS 3D print 100,000+ face shields for frontline UK healthcare staff
3T-am, a leading production additive manufacturing (AM) company, is utilising EOS’ global partner ecosystem to 3D print face shield headbands for frontline health workers in the UK. 3T is now producing 20,000 headbands per week and this will exceed 100,000 within the next few weeks. The face shields are being used by frontline workers, across the NHS and UK healthcare system, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic
Trelleborg supplies Boeing with component for 3D-printed face shields
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, an established provider of solutions to Boeing’s aircraft, is supplying a face shield component to the aerospace manufacturer as it joins the urgent effort to assist medical workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Boeing approached Trelleborg at the end of March 2020 to manufacture and supply an elastomer strap needed for the adjustable headband of 3D printed face shields
State of the art
Mills CNC launches its Young Artist of the Year 2020 competition in response to the coronavirus outbreak and the government’s subsequent ‘Stay at Home’ and social distancing instructions. Mills CNC, the exclusive distributor of Doosan machine tools in the UK and Ireland, has organised a ‘Young Artist of the Year’ competition aimed at young people and teenagers (under 18 years of age)
Export boom lands Queen’s Award for Arrowsmith Engineering
Arrowsmith Engineering, which employs 76 people at its Bayton Road factory, secured the prestigious accolade after it recorded a 996 percent increase in export activity over the last three years, supplying precision components to global manufacturers including Rolls-Royce, GKN, ITP and Siemens
Motivational time has united manufacturing industry
In the opinion of Citizen Machinery UK's managing director Edward James, the Covid-19 pandemic has united the whole of the manufacturing sector to an extent never seen before in terms of the levels of selfless application by huge numbers of people to boost production of much-needed medical equipment
Renishaw ramps up production of ventilator components
Global engineering company, Renishaw has started mass-producing critical components for medical ventilators, as part of a nationwide effort to support the NHS in the fight against Covid-19. The company has dedicated a significant part of its manufacturing sites in Gloucestershire and South Wales to produce precision-machined components for two different ventilators manufactured by the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium
Hoffmann launches remote consultation service during COVID-19 outbreak
Hoffmann Group UK, Europe's leading system partner for quality tools, workstations and personal protective equipment (PPE), has announced the launch of its remote consultation offering to support manufacturers keeping the UK running during the COVID-19 epidemic
Airbus to produce 3D-printed hospital visors in fight against Covid19
The majority of Airbus sites in Spain have joined forces to produce 3D printed visor frames, providing healthcare personnel with individual protection equipment in the fight against Covid-19. More than twenty 3D printers are working day and night.
Vision Engineering wins Queen’s Award
Vision Engineering, a 61 year old British leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality visual inspection and measurement technologies, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2020 in the Innovation category, for its high tech ergonomic optical inspection microscope Lynx EVO.
A call to arms
The 6th February saw the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) Annual Dinner take place at the at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Always a popular event for manufacturing technology providers, over 400 guests got together to discuss the future and celebrate success
FANUC supplies 3,500 robots to Munich-based automotive group
The industrial robot manufacturer FANUC and the automotive group BMW AG have signed a framework agreement for the supply of 3,500 robots for new production lines and plants. FANUC robots will be used in the production of current and future generations of BMW models
Mitutoyo invests in 10 rotary tables from RPI UK
RPI UK, the world leading specialist developer and manufacturer of precision positioning devices for high accuracy rotary and angular inspection systems, has welcomed Mitutoyo as a new customer following the Japanese manufacturers decision to invest in 10 rotary tables
NCMT wins machining centre agency
With immediate effect, NCMT has been appointed sole sales and service agent in the UK and Ireland for the range of vertical machining centres (VMCs) manufactured by Rema Control at its factory in Stezzano, near Milan, Italy. Founded in 1987, the company is a member of UCIMU, the Italian Association of Machine Tool Manufacturers
SCHUNK gripper plays a central role in AMRC Wales opening ceremony
In December, the University of Sheffield officially opened its Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC Cymru), a £20 m state-of-the-art research and development facility in North Wales. As a member of the AMRC, SCHUNK UK played an integral role in the opening ceremony, holding the ceremonial ribbon with a SCHUNK gripper for Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford to cut it
Bruderer UK’s order book boosted by end of political uncertainty
Bosses at Bruderer UK are predicting a buoyant 2020 after it revealed a £3 million pipeline of projects that include the installation of the latest precision high-speed stamping presses and one high tonnage Zani machine for clients involved in the aerospace, automotive, construction and renewables sectors
SPI Lasers celebrates 20 years of innovation
Back in 2000, Southampton Photonics Inc, as it was originally known, was founded as a spin out company from Southampton University’s Optoelectronics Research Centre, initially specialising in fibre optical components for the telecommunications industry, but going on to develop both pulsed and CW fibre lasers under the redENERGY and redPOWER brands, lasers that now enable a significant element of industrial manufacturing around the globe
FARO launches European “Quest to find the Oldest Working FaroArm”
FARO introduced its first device with hinged arm measurement technology approximately 35 years ago, while the first articulating measurement FaroArm intended for the industrial market dates back to the early-1990’s. In addition to accuracy and ease-of-use, FARO's 3D measurement technology is renowned for its reliability, robustness and durability. These characteristics have ensured that many of the company’s early FaroArms remain in regular use throughout Europe
Spindle Revolution Ltd announces new state-of-the-Art UK repair facility
January 2020 saw Spindle Revolution open its new state-of-the-art UK Spindle Repair Facility near Lydney, Gloucestershire. Building on a reputation for high quality repairs previously carried out in Germany, Spindle Revolution will offer customers a more efficient and cost competitive solution by moving all repairs to the UK. Utilising purpose designed and built testing machinery, the company is able to thoroughly diagnose and fully test run all spindles and motors at up to 180,000 rpm, regardless of taper type, lubrication method or encoder designation
Dugard becomes new UK distributor for IBARMIA
As part of its relentless and exciting growth strategy, Dugard has now become the sole UK and Ireland agent for the high-quality range of IBARMIA 5-axis moving column machining centres. The new partnership is the result of increased UK interest in the 5-axis moving column machining centres manufactured by the renowned Spanish brand.
Klüber Lubrication acquires TRAXIT International
lüber Lubrication München SE & Co. KG based in Munich, Germany has acquired the TRAXIT International GmbH, Schwelm, Germany. The purchase agreement includes all assets of the company including the international subsidiaries. With this acquisition TRAXIT Group becomes a further division of the Klüber Lubrication Group
Gewefa expands programme of face and taper toolholders
Corsham-based toolholding specialist Gewefa UK has further expanded its programme of standard face and taper toolholders by 50 percent following the addition of a range of extended length holders that greatly increase the areas of application
SHEP seminar aims to prepare engineering SMEs for 2020 HSE inspections
The Safety and Health Engineering Partnership (SHEP) is running a one-day welding fume and metalworking fluid seminar on November 26th to help SMEs keep their workforces safe and their companies on the right side of the law
Toshiba Machine becomes Shibaura Machine
Toshiba Machine Co. Ltd has announced it will change its corporate name to Shibaura Machine Co Ltd from 1st April 2020. TM Robotics, the official distributor of Toshiba Machine robots for EMEA, will continue to supply the range of 6-axis, SCARA and Cartesian robots
Three-day event boosts manufacturing opportunities
Rugby MP, Mark Pawsey, has praised FANUC for bringing the manufacturing industry together and hopes that it will help change the perception attached to automation in the UK, after attending the company’s inaugural UK Open House
Tier One partnership with technology giant
The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has agreed a Tier One Partnership with global technology giant Siemen
Updated two-way file flow in latest WORKXPLORE
Specific simulation import, a couple of additional reader translators and client viewer measurements all feature in a number of enhancements in the latest release of WORKXPLORE, the powerful high-speed CAD viewer
TRUMPF’s e-mobility solutions
Leading high-technology company TRUMPF is benefiting from the auto industry’s shift toward e-mobility. One of TRUMPF’s key contributions is a new laser that is better suited to welding copper than any other laser
Mazak makes major investments in UK factory
Yamazaki Mazak has made a series of major investments at its UK-based European manufacturing plant in Worcester. The multimillion-pound investments include two new state-of-the-art manufacturing cells making component parts for new Mazak machines produced at the Worcester facility
123 Insight publishes book on how to implement a manufacturing system
123 Insight Limited has published a book on how to implement a manufacturing system, detailing the best practices and pitfalls often encountered when implementing MRP/ERP software.
ETG celebrates 25th birthday with showcase of the latest manufacturing technology
The UK’s leading machine tool supplier celebrated its 25th birthday in style last week, when it showcased its latest manufacturing technologies. Engineering Technology Group (ETG), which recently acquired HK Technologies, threw open the doors of its Wellesbourne Headquarters to give over 450 industry delegates the latest insight into the world of turnkey solutions
Hurco doubles floor space, trebles machine sales and quadruples turnover
US-based machining centre and CNC lathe manufacturer Hurco has moved the subsidiary serving the UK and Irish markets, Hurco Europe Ltd, to different premises on the Cressex Industrial Estate in High Wycomb
Erie Press Systems Merges with Ajax-CECO
North American manufacturers now have a one-stop, expedited domestic source for forging equipment as a result of the June 2019 acquisition of Erie Press Systems with Ajax-CECO under parent company Park Ohio. Park Ohio’s acquisition of Erie Press Systems adds hydraulic press and stretch forming equipment to its already impressive selection of mechanical and hammer forging presses offered under the Ajax-CECO brand
123 Insight expands on success of 123mobile tablet app with new feature release
123 Insight Ltd has announced the release of an update to its 123mobile tablet app, allowing staff in stores or on the shop floor to perform common tasks using low-cost iOS or Android devices.
Partner in Precision
TECNO.team UK has been established to be a frontrunner in supplying the most advanced grinding technology to the UK’s engineering and manufacturing industries. With a range of high precision grinding machines from Japan and Europe’s elite, together with a strong historical partnership with Curtis Machine Tools
Leaders in Industrial Process Fluids Combine to Form Quaker Houghton
Quaker Chemical Corporation and Houghton International have combined to create Quaker Houghton, the global leader in industrial process fluids to the primary metals and metalworking markets. Along with the new name, the company has revealed a new logo and brand representing the combined companies
Best-in-class 5-axis machining
Tooling expert Walter GB joined forces with workholding specialist Schunk Intec to host a customer innovation day to showcase best-in-class 5-axis aerospace machining at the Knowledge Transfer Centre in Sheffield
True north for metrology solutions
Following the great success of last year’s event, FARO, Optimax, Bruker Alicona, Aberlink, Heidenhain, Manchester Metrology and the NPL have joined together to stage an even larger Northern Metrology networking event
Sodick Europe opens new HQ in UK
In July, Sodick Europe welcomed 170 guests to the grand opening of its new architect-designed headquarters in Warwick. Kenichi Furukawa, president of Sodick Co Ltd, son of Sodick’s founder Toshihiko Furukawa, helped CEO Peter Capp and other VIP guests break the traditional sake barrels to bring good fortune to the enterprise
Building for the future
Darren Wilkins, deputy managing director of Citizen Machinery UK welcomed the gathered international guests, local dignitaries and Citizen personnel from the UK, France, Italy, Portugal and Scandinavia, as well as representatives from the UK press to the official opening of Citizen’s new UK Turning Centre of Excellence in Brierley Hill
Weighing up new options
Avery Weigh-Tronix, one of the UK’s leading metrology calibration providers, has opened a dedicated calibration laboratory to offer a 5-day turnaround on the calibration of torque, pressure, temperature and electrical equipment and mass weights
Discover how automation can improve your productivity
In order to answer some of the burgeoning questions on automation in UK manufacturing, FANUC is hosting its first ever Manufacturing, Automation, and Digital Transformation Open House.
Renishaw reflects on 50 years of British innovation
In 2019, engineering companies throughout the UK are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the prestigious MacRobert Award, the country’s longest running prize for engineering innovation. As a previous winner, Renishaw is celebrating the success of others
A heroic stride forward for capability as Valiant enters the steel processing arena
In response to the increasing demand for greater control and flexibility in the steel fabrication process, leading machining manufacturer, Ficep has further pushed the boundaries of possibility in CNC drilling lines.
In with the new
Sustained business growth over the past five years, brought about by a product range expansion, increased market share and the success in opening up new markets, had placed increasing pressure on M.A. Ford Europe to expand its UK based operation to meet demand and future business development targets
CloudNC launches a new gold standard for UK manufacturing
London-based CloudNC has launched a new era for CNC machined parts with the opening of the first of several planned UK factories offering aerospace-grade quality at a fraction of the price of existing alternatives.
Sales start of Q Industry 4.0 capable Kjellberg system
German producer of plasma cutting systems, Kjellberg Finsterwalde will celebrate its anniversary “60 years of plasma cutting technologies” in autumn 2019. For this occasion, the new benchmark in plasma Q 3000 ready for industry 4.0 will be launched
Cleared for take-off
Seco Tools has announced that its annual and ever-popular ‘Inspiration through Innovation’ advanced manufacturing best-practice event will take place on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October at its Technology Centre in Alcester - and that, this year, the event will be focused exclusively on the aerospace segment.
DP Technology launches first wholly owned UK subsidiary
DP Technology Corp, a leading developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, including its flagship product ESPRIT®, has announced that it is enhancing its presence in the UK with the launch of its first wholly owned subsidiary in the country, ESPRIT CAM, Ltd
Laser Lines becomes UK reseller for Xact Metal
Laser Lines, a total solutions provider of 3D printers and laser equipment, has announced that it has become a UK reseller of Xact Metal’s 3D printing systems, which offer powerful metal 3D printing in a small footprint. Laser Lines will be distributing the Xact Metal XM200C and XM200S machines immediately, and the XM300C model when it becomes available in 2020
SIC Marking continues to grow internationally
SIC Marking has announced the acquisition of Italian company ZANIBONI s.r.l, an expert in tailor-made laser marking and traceability solutions. The new name for the company will now be SIC ZANIBONI
Rebrand for UK spindle repair company
Well known spindle repair company, Spindle Doctor UK has announced the official launch of its new corporate rebranding and redesigned website. Now known as Spindle Revolution Ltd, the company will continue to offer industry leading, quality spindle repairs with greater focus on more technically advanced, high precision CNC spindles
SCHUNK is investing 85 million euros in its production sites
With a broad-based investment program, SCHUNK is preparing for the next step of its global growth with around €85 million euros to be invested at locations in Brackenheim-Hausen, Mengen, St. Georgen and Morrisville in the USA by mid-2020
Permanent display at new centre of excellence
After supporting users of Citizen sliding head turning centres for almost 30 years, Floyd Automatic Tooling now has a permanent presence at the new Citizen Machinery UK facility in Brierley Hill
Record attendance at Citizen’s first Midlands Open House
Nine orders to the value of £2 million were placed at Citizen Machinery UK's first Open House at its new Midlands turning centre of excellence in Brierley Hill. The order total is likely to double in the immediate aftermath of the event
123 Insight announces highest ever number of MRP/ERP Evaluation Workshop dates
123 Insight Limited has scheduled 41 MRP/ERP Evaluation Workshop events for the second half of 2019 as a result of increasing interest, and on the back of year-on-year business growth
Erodex UK set to hit record £20 million turnover
Halesowen-based Erodex UK Ltd, the UK's leading supplier of EDM graphite and tooling to the aerospace market, has reported record levels of turnover with the company set to hit the £20 million mark for the first time in its history
Kemppi celebrates 70 years of innovation in welding technology
Finnish welding equipment manufacturer and software developer Kemppi celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Kemppi’s many pioneering innovations have helped it grow from a small family business into a global welding technology leader
SCHUNK and Walter to host AMRC Aerospace Machining event
On the 18th July 2019, SCHUNK will be hosting a customer innovation day in collaboration with Walter Cutting Tools at the Knowledge Transfer Centre (KTC) in Sheffield.
Lantek strengthens its global presence with more than 22,000 customers
Lantek, a pioneering multinational in the digital transformation of the sheet metal and fabrication sector, continues its unstoppable growth in market presence and number of customers
LK celebrates first anniversary as an independent company
At the Control 2019 exhibition in Stuttgart last month, British coordinate measuring machine (CMM) manufacturer LK Metrology celebrated its first year of trading as a stand-alone company again, following its purchase at the end of March 2018 from Nikon Metrology by Angelo Muscarella
Family business celebrates 175th anniversary
German sawing machine and storage system manufacturer, KASTO Maschinenbau, whose UK subsidiary is in Milton Keynes, is this year celebrating its 175th anniversary
Pryor to demonstrate unique robotic marking solution at Paris Air Show
Pryor Marking Technology, the world-leading marking and identification specialist will showcase its latest digital and fully automated robotic marking solution at this year’s International Paris Air Show in June.
OMAX and Hypertherm successfully close merger agreement
OMAX Corporation, the manufacturer of abrasive waterjet systems, and Hypertherm, the US-based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, has announced the successful closing of a previously announced agreement to establish OMAX as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hypertherm.
NCMT to hold gear machining event
A one-day seminar and Open House on the manufacturing of gears will be held at NCMT’s Coventry technical centre and showroom on 9th July 2019. A variety of production methods will be demonstrated on Japanese-built Makino and Okuma machining centres as well as on one of the latter manufacturer's multi-tasking turn-mill machines
Mazak European Technology Centre celebrates 10 years of success
Yamazaki Mazak will celebrate a decade of success for its European Technology Centre (ETC) in 2019. The state-of-the-art facility, which is located at its European Manufacturing Plant in Worcester, first opened its doors in 2009 and has seen in excess of 33,000 visitors walk through its doors in that time.
Dawson Shanahan invests in new machines to meet demand
Dawson Shanahan, the leading specialist in precision engineering and cold forming, is continuing to expand its UK production facilities with the installation of two further Citizen machines.
2019 ROBOTICS AWARD goes to OnRobot’s Gecko Gripper
Developed by OnRobot A/S, the Gecko Gripper is an innovative system designed to hold objects without the need for additional energy; a system that captured the imaginations of the jury and the general public at the 2019 ROBOTICS AWARD.
Starrag and Kennametal put Inconel and titanium machining under the microscope at AMRC
Machining solutions specialist Starrag UK is joining forces with tooling expert Kennametal to present an informative ‘Optimised Titanium and Inconel Machining’ event at the AMRC with Boeing Centre, Sheffield, on Wednesday 1stMay
Fronius UK to host fourth Open House
The date for your diary is Wednesday 15th May. This is when Fronius UK will be opening its doors for visitors wanting to find out how they can fast-track to a higher performance.
Bystronic smart factory comes to the UK
At its Open House in Coventry from 19thto 21stMarch, Bystronic UK will repeat its Swiss parent company's presentation on world class manufacturing entitled "The Networked World of Sheet Metal Processing"
Kemppi acquisition strengthen its position in welding aftermarkets
Kemppi has acquired 100 percent share of Italian welding torch manufacturer Trafimet Group S.P.A. The contract was signed in Italy on 1stMarch, with both companies will continue as separate businesses
Southern Manufacturing 2019 sets new attendance record
Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019 achieved a new record attendance, according to figures released by the organisers. The show received a total of 8,644 unique visitors, an increase of around 13 percent on the previous year
DMG MORI celebrates long term support for Scottish advanced manufacturing and research
DMG MORI has been a Tier 1 member of the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) since 2015. Located in Inchinnan, Scotland, it is a collaborative venture between the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise
Lantek’s revenues continue to grow
Lantek, a world leader in software and solutions for the sheet metal and fabrication industries, maintained its strength as an international benchmark and pioneer in the digital transformation of the sector after reaching a turnover of 19.25 million euros in fiscal year 2018, which was a 10 percent increase when compared to the previous fiscal year
Dugard appointed UK agent for high-end Kitamura machine tools
Dugard Ltd has been appointed the sole UK & Ireland sales and distribution outlet for the world-renowned Kitamura brand of machine tools. The Kitamura Machinery motto is ‘Limitless Creativity’ and this has been established on a global stage since its inception in 1933 with machine tool technology that is genuinely ‘World Class’.
ESAB’s European Tour 2019 focuses on the future of welding and cutting
Over the coming year customers can explore ESAB total solutions in welding and cutting products as the ESAB Demobus spectacular mobile showroom is enjoying another European tour. This demobus highlights just how ESAB is setting new standards for shaping the future in welding and cutting as it has updated and put on board even more innovative new products and total welding and cutting solutions for the 2019 tour
A positive experience
Mills CNC has reported that its debut at Southern Manufacturing 2019 was extremely positive, with visitors impressed by the Doosan 5-axis machine tool and Doosan Robotics’ collaborative robot showcased at the event. This was the first time in the company’s history that Mills CNC, the exclusive distributor of Doosan machine tools in the UK and Ireland, exhibited at the event
Ward CNC’s new website opens up a new world of machine tool sourcing and support
The new T W Ward CNC Machinery (Ward CNC) website (www.wardcnc.com) is an up-to-date, easy-to-use and informative electronic window onto the long-established company that not only handles a comprehensive range of cost-competitive CNC machine tools, but also offers customer certified levels of service and support to ensure maximum spindle uptimes
US contract machining company invests in a fourth Starrag machine
Of all businesses, contract machining companies know what they want. Cincinnati-based firm Metalex Manufacturing Inc already owns three Starrag machine tools, but after extensive benchmarking, the key customer has chosen to invest in a Droop+Rein T portal machining centre from Starrag
INDEX Open House 2019
From March 26th to 29th, INDEX Group is again inviting all existing and potential customers to its plant in Reichenbach, where it will be presenting a wide range of innovations on subject of turning at the Open House 2019
New centre of excellence for robotic welding
Motion Control and Robotics specialist YASKAWA’s expansion and investment program continues apace with the opening of a new centre for Robotic Welding, Milling and Material Handling Applications in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham
Sales boost adds to cutting-edge Essex manufacturer’s 55th birthday celebrations
The UK’s only manufacturer of cutting systems is looking to build on a strong year of sales by starting its 55th year in business in style. Blackman & White, which employs 28 people at its state-of-the-art factory in Essex.
HEIDENHAIN (GB) celebrates 50th anniversary
Established in Burgess Hill, West Sussex in 1969, HEIDENHAIN (GB) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the German manufacturing group DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH, is this year celebrating 50 years of supporting manufacturing industry
Hexagon’s new G-Code simulation software wows at Southern
Market-leading CAD/CAM software products EDGECAM, VISI and RADAN have exhibited in the UK for the first time since becoming part of the Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Production Software business. They were also joined for the first time on the stand at the Southern Manufacturing trade fair by NCSIMUL, a G-code simulation software from recent acquisition SPRING Technologies
Henkel opens European hub for 3D printing technology
Henkel has opened its Innovation and Interaction Center (IIC) for 3D Printing at its Tallaght site near Dublin, Ireland. The IIC, which is the first in a new generation of global industrial customer centres, will become Henkel’s European regional hub for technology presentations, demonstrations, training, testing as well as customer service for 3D Printing solutions
Make your business more competitive by switching to robots
ABB Robotics seminar and workshop for UK SMEs explains how investing in robots can help transform performance at Milton Keynes on 19th March 2019
Pryor joins AMRC to showcase part traceability and data capture in smart factories
World leading marking, identification and traceability specialist Pryor Marking Technology has become a member of the prestigious University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)
Mazak announces record year for machine sales in 2018
Yamazaki Mazak celebrated a record year for machine sales in 2018, due to strong performance across a number of key market sectors.
Pryor Marking shows 40 percent growth over three years
Pryor Marking Technology has celebrated a busy and successful 2018, which has contributed to the company achieving a ground-breaking 40 percent growth over the past three years.
Hurco Open House caps another record year
More than 90 visitors from the UK, Ireland, Sweden and Estonia representing 62 manufacturing companies attended an Open House at Hurco Europe, High Wycombe in December
Hexagon announces Production Software business
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced the formation of its Production Software business, comprising Vero Software, FASys and SPRING Technologies.
Demonstrating the power of a positive partnership.
GF Machining Solutions has supplied the Renault F1 Team with two bespoke 5-axis machining centres for the accurate and safe machining of epoxy resin patterns, carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts and Rohacell foam core components
Demand leads to expansion for XYZ Machine Tools
With a year-on-year increase in turnover at over 25 percent and a growing product portfolio, XYZ Machine Tools has also increased its overall floorspace by 25 percent.
Dormer Pramet acquires US-based Wetmore Tool and Engineering
Dormer Pramet has acquired Wetmore Tool and Engineering, a privately-owned US-based manufacturer of customer specified HSS and solid carbide cutting tools
No let up in demand
Mills CNC, the exclusive distributor of Doosan machine tools in the UK and Ireland, has reported exceptional sales results for 2018. When the order books closed, just before the Christmas break, Mills had taken orders for 440 new Doosan machines during 2018 and had delivered 431 machines in the same period
ITC invests in new AXYZ routing machine
As the sign industry’s leading manufacturer of cutting and routing tools, Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has now installed an AXYZ routing machine for the development of its next generation of cutting tools
Horn and W & F Werkzeugtechnik combine their strengths
A new cooperation between two German companies, tool manufacturer Horn and lathe toolholder producer W&F Werkzeugtechnik, aims to offer customers complete solutions covering everything from the spindle to the tool cutting edge
A Royal crown for Harlow Group’s long serving staff
Last month, staff at the Harlow Group were delighted to receive His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent KG, when he visited the company as one of the key businesses in the town. As the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Kent carries out engagements on behalf of Her Majesty
Manufacturing Performance Network ends the year with a bang
Engineers, researchers, academics and industry experts flocked to the company’s headquarters near Derby to enjoy product launches, software advancements and live demonstrations across three days packed full of unique industry insights
Universal Robots celebrates 10-year anniversary of selling the world’s first commercially-viable collaborative robot
Universal Robots is marking a decade of pioneering collaborative robots, now the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation. The company is poised for continued growth as its cobots continue to lower the automation barrier within a wide range of industries
New MTA President takes manufacturing message to Parliament
Tuesday 4 December saw members of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) gather in Westminster for the 2018 Annual General Meeting, the inauguration of new president Marcus Burton and a meeting in Parliament with business minister Richard Harrington MP and his shadow Chi Onwurah MP
Record order intake at CLOOS
Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH successfully completed its business year on 31stOctober. The company group with its headquarters in Haiger registered an order intake of more than 160 million Euros.
SPI Lasers opens new facility in Shenzhen
SPI Lasers, the UK-based designer and manufacturer of fibre lasers has increased its footprint in Asia with the opening of a new Sales/Service/Applications centre in Shenzhen in Southern China.
Successful first year spurs new laser investment for Oxfordshire company
ES Precision filed its accounts for its first trading year in September 2018 and the precision laser processing specialist shows a profitable start with turnover ahead of expectations.
JETCAM announces second v20 release of Expert CAM/nesting
JETCAM International s.a.r.l. has announced a new release of its JETCAM Expert CAM and nesting automation software. V20.23.01 includes further enhancements to JETCAM’s JET-Cut fly cutting and JET-Optimizer path optimising, significant enhancements to common cutting and an all-new advanced reports designer and generator.
ROCOL introduces fluid new web portal
Lubricants specialist ROCOL, part of multinational group ITW, has launched its new website. Working with customers, industrial engineers and web development experts, Leeds based ROCOL has developed the new online platform to improve the ‘customer journey’ so that users can source all the relevant information they require as easily as possible.
Rofin-Sinar UK celebrates its 20th anniversary
Rofin-Sinar UK is celebrating its twentieth year as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sealed CO2 laser sources
Gewefa ‘facing up’ at Hurco Open House
Gewefa UK will be exhibiting in the suppliers village at the forthcoming Hurco Christmas Open House that takes place on December 4th and 5th
Citizen success at Open House brings immediate sales of 15 machines worth over £2.7 million
Citizen Machinery UK’s (CMUK) highly successful, recent 3-day Open House immediately added a further 15 machines, worth over £2.7 million, to its existing order book of record sales
FARO new technology days
FARO has announced the locations and dates for its latest technology days
Automotive technology focused Open House event at MCMT
In-Comm Training & Manufacturing Group to host automotive event in December
New online video link allows users to service their own saws and storage systems
Innovative video solution from KASTO that allows customers to participate in maintaining their own machines and systems
Expansion that matches ambitions
The Vigilance Group has annouced a significant expansion of its operations in Bristol and the opening of a new showroom facility in the East Midlands
Tungaloy joins the WEAF and MAA
Tungaloy UK has joined both the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA) and the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF)
Expansion plans gather pace at RK International Machine Tools
RK International Machine Tools has announced the appointment of Andy Woodthorpe to the newly created role of sales and office manager at the Erith, Kent-based machine tool company
OPEN MIND becomes Tier One partner at the AFRC
OPEN MIND Technologies has become a Tier one partner at the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC)
Machine tool factory in Poland expanded and digitised
DMG Mori has unveiled extensive improvements to its Famot machining centre and CNC lathe factory in Pleszew, Poland
Bowers Group joins Silverstone Technology Cluster
Bowers Group has announced that it has joined the Silverstone Technology Cluster, based at Silverstone Racing Circuit, Northamptonshire
Carfulan Group announces technology event
The Carfulan Group’s Manufacturing Performance Network event takes place from December 4th-6th at its Innovation Centre in Foston, near Derby
Southern Manufacturing 2019 expands in size and scope
Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, the UK’s largest annual engineering show, returns to Farnborough from February 5th to 7th 2019. The move to a new permanent venue last year proved a resounding success with both visitors and exhibitors, prompting a surge in stand bookings for the 2019 show.
Mecmesin OmniTest machine demo by the Duchess of Sussex at University of Chichester Tech Park opening
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially opened the University of Chichester’s new Engineering and Digital Technology Park on 3rd October 2018. Part of the tour of the £35 million development, based at the Bognor Regis campus, was a visit to the Department of Engineering and Design.
Bystronic UK looks to the future
Daniel Thombs, 45, has been appointed managing director of Coventry-based Bystronic UK, a subsidiary of Swiss group Bystronic Laser AG, which specialises in manufacturing high technology sheet metalworking machinery, notably flat-bed laser cutting machines, tube laser cutting machines, material storage automation and pressbrakes
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing extends its Innovation Partnership with DMG MORI for a further three years
The relationship between Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and DMG MORI has been in place since 2004 and DMG MORI became an Innovation Partner in 2012. By the end of 2018 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Milton Keynes manufacturing facility will feature 19 DMG MORI machines, with the addition of a DMU 40 eVo linear and a DMU 60 eVo linear this year.
Haas reaches another milestone: 200,000th installation
Haas Automation has announced the installation of its 200,000th CNC machine, representing another major milestone in the company’s history as one of the world’s leading machine tool builders.
New trading name for leading machine tool company
Turnkey production solution provider Geo Kingsbury Machine Tools Ltd, which until recently was best known as Geo Kingsbury, will with immediate effect trade under the name Kingsbury.
Lantek exceeds the quality requirements of the medical and surgical sector
The continual innovation of the software company, which leads the market in its sector, is the best ally of medical equipment and pharmaceutical furniture manufacturers
Mazak takes five lasers and two automation solutions to EuroBLECH
Yamazaki Mazak is taking five state-of-the-art laser cutting machines and two automation solutions to EuroBLECH 2018. The highlight is likely to be a new 6 kW version of the OPTIPLEX 3015 DDL (Direct Diode Laser) machine
Ward CNC strengthens senior management team with new appointments
As part of the new strategic direction for T W Ward CNC Machinery (Ward CNC), the company has announced three new senior management appointments
Bystronic acquires a majority interest in automation specialist
To serve growing demand from manufacturers for automation in sheet metalworking, Swiss laser cutting machine and press brake manufacturer Bystronic is acquiring a 70 per cent share of Antil S.p.A., Milan, an Italian manufacturer of automated sheet metal handling plant
ProtoMAX is now available for broad global release
OMAX Corporation announces the ProtoMAX abrasive waterjet has achieved CE certification. The ProtoMAX brings all the versatility benefits of large abrasive waterjet cutters in a sleek and economic package that’s perfect for small job shops, engineering classrooms, makerspaces, and personal use
Quaker Chemical recognised as Foundational Principles Supplier of the Year by FCA
Quaker Chemical Corporation was honoured with a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US Foundational Principles Supplier of the Year Award at Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, USA in April. The Supplier of the Year awards recognise automotive suppliers that have shown an extraordinary commitment to FCA US LLC.
Free ZEISS Webinar: Unlock the power of your quality data Wednesday 12th September, 09:30 – 10:00
ZEISS will be holding a free webinar "Unlock the power of your quality data", on Wednesday 12th September between 09:30 - 10:00. Online registration is now open.
UK location for new Sodick Europe HQ
Continuing sales success has spurred leading EDM distributor, Sodick Europe, to create a new, architect-designed HQ in the Midlands.
ITC appoints new engineer to support Northern customer base
ITC is conscious of maintaining its impressive commitment to service and customer support. This is why it has appointed Gary Murrey as the latest addition to its growing team.
Offline tool pre-setting solution delivers huge time and cost savings
A specialist die castings manufacturer has reduced factory down time by an incredible two hours a day thanks to an investment in offline tool pre-setting.
SCHUNK introduces new general manager
After 18 years at the helm of SCHUNK Intec Ltd, Martin Kent has stepped down from his role as general manager to allow Marcel Machado to take the reins and continue Martin Kent’s exceptional efforts.
Blum celebrates major anniversaries in style with LC50 breakthrough
Blum-Novotest is celebrating two big birthdays in 2018, with its UK operation 18 years-old and its German parent reaching half a century.
Matsuura apprentice welcome evening
Matsuura Machinery Ltd recently held a welcome evening for the 4 successful delegate candidates who comprise its next intake of technical apprenticeships.
OMAX Corporation celebrates 25 years of leading waterjet technology
OMAX Corporation, is celebrating 25 years of leading waterjet technology. A special event took place at OMAX’s Kent, Washington campus on July 27th, 2018.
Mills CNC confirms attendance at Seco’s Inspiration through Innovation
Mills CNC, has announced that it will be attending Seco’s Inspiration through Innovation 2018 which takes place on the 9th and 10th October at Seco’s Technology Centre facility in Alcester.
Twenty years of growth for Complete Engineering Services
n a relatively short space of time Complete Engineering Services (Carlisle) Ltd has grown into a successful subcontract design and subcontract manufacturing business, with expertise in machining, wire erosion, welding and assembly.
£3 million sales confirmed
TRUMPF UK celebrates highly successful Open House event.
Record breaking day at Slough
XYZ Machine Tools officially opened its new showroom at Slough on the 12th July and the event drew customers from far and wide resulting in a record-breaking day for machine sales.
Future Engineering Ireland 2019
Future Engineering Ireland, is owned by the MTA and will provide an opportunity for manufacturing technology providers to show off their latest
innovations to potential customers in this growing market.
innovations to potential customers in this growing market.
Different focus – Different strategy – Different structure
Seco Tools UK’s annual ‘Inspiration through Innovation’ advanced manufacturing best-practice event will take place this year at the company’s Technology Centre in Alcester, on the 9th and 10th of October.
Director appointments pave the way for ETG expansion
The Engineering Technology Group (ETG), which employs over 100 people at its Headquarters in Wellesbourne, has promoted Steve Brown and Martin Price to sales director and operations director respectively to support ambitious growth plans
JETCAM and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announce partnership
JETCAM International s.a.r.l. and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation have announced a partnership by signing the Developer Agreement of “LA-Module” with subsidiary company Mitsubishi Electric Mechatronics Software Corporation, whereby JETCAM will develop enhanced support for Mitsubishi’s range of CNC laser machines
Guhring appoints new managing director
Guhring Ltd has appointed Chris Weston as its new managing director with effect from 1 July 2018. The new appointment will see Chris replace Mike Dinsdale, the outgoing managing director
Yamazaki Mazak set to open new machine tool museum in 2019
Yamazaki Mazak is set to open its own historic Machine Tool Museum on the 100th anniversary of its founding. The new museum, which will open in Autumn 2019, is located in Minokamo-city, Japan in the newly renovated underground factory of Yamazaki Mazak Optonics Corporation
CGTech announces three UK-wide VERICUT User Exchange Events
Each year, CGTech hosts numerous VERICUT User Exchange (VUE) meetings around the world for its customers and partners. In 2017, more than 1,600 VERICUT users attended over 45 VUE events in 15 countries. This year CGTech Ltd. has announced three UK VUE events to take place throughout September and October
New flow line for machining centre production at Heller’s UK factory
More than £2 million has been spent upgrading the Heller Machine Tools manufacturing plant and headquarters in Redditch, UK. The administrative and applications engineering departments have benefitted from a comprehensive makeover, a new customer area for machine demonstrations has been added, and production output of horizontal machining centres has risen by 30 percent
Warwick Machine Tools to concentrate its efforts on Excetek EDM
Following an exceptional 12 months business with repeat and new customer orders plus enquiries for the range of high performance, cost-effective Excetek CNC wire cut machine tools, Warwick Machine Tools will go forward concentrating exclusively on providing pre- and post-sales and service support for the brand in the UK and Eire
Technical partners promote aerospace technologies
An invitation to explore advanced aerospace technologies - In-Comm Training and Manufacturing Group, in collaboration with its technical partners, including WNT, is hosting an Open House at its £4m Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) in Bridgnorth.
Be a winner at the XYZ Slough Open House
Visitors to the opening event at XYZ Machine Tools new showroom in Slough on the 12th July will be able to join in the celebrations with the opportunity to win the use, on loan, of either a ProtoTRAK SMX 2000 Turret Mill, an SMX 2500 Bed Mill or a ProTURN SLX 1630 lathe for six months.
TDT Technology becomes TDT Machine Tools
TDT Technology Ltd has changed its name to TDT Machine Tools Ltd with effect from 1 May 2018. The move reflects the increasing number of leading international machine tool manufacturers now represented by TDT in the UK
High attendance at Bystronic Open House
A record number of visitors attended Bystronic UK’s latest Open House, held at its Coventry showroom concurrently with the MACH 2018 machine tool show at the NEC (9th to 12th April). The theme of the event was MACH SPEED
An evening to cherish
The inaugural ISME/MMMA Joint Awards evening was held on Friday 11th May at the Copthorne Hotel in Dudley, attracting over 170 people from major metalworking industry companies. A fantastic night was had by all, with Pete Waterman OBE giving a very interesting, entertaining after dinner speech
Erodex Group celebrate 20 percent growth and £1.75m investment
Erodex, a UK leader in the provision of EDM supplies, graphites and graphite machining is celebrating 20 percent growth over the past 12 months, following a period of substantial investment
Walter GB to demonstrate Engineering Kompetenz at MIM EXPO 2018
Tooling expert Walter GB will showcase its vast range of tooling, digital solutions and its Engineering Kompetenz expertise on Stand 157 at MIM EXPO 2018, the exhibition being staged by the Made in the Midlands influential peer group of manufacturing and engineering firms in the Midlands
XYZ continues to spread the 3D message
Following the success of its 3D printing seminar in collaboration with HP and other specialists in the 3D printing sector, XYZ Machine Tools has announced a second seminar at its Nuneaton Technical Centre on the 5th July
Fourth Unison bending machine for leading aircraft component manufacturer
Aircraft component manufacturer, Globe Engineering, has installed a fourth Unison all-electric CNC tube bending machine at its facility.
A GibbsCAM distributor since 1988
Tech CADCAM is celebrating 30 years as the UK distributor for GibbsCAM. The Suffolk-based company distributor has been bringing innovation to the manufacturing industry since 1988.
50 years success in Europe for Mitutoyo
For five decades, customers who seek a boost in their quality assurance have turned to Mitutoyo, a leading manufacturer of highly accurate and innovative measuring devices and outstanding custom solutions.
Bowers Group holds Metrology Open Day
Bowers Group is holding a metrology Open Day at its Camberley Showroom on 17th and 18th of July, coinciding with the Farnborough Air Show which takes place only three miles away.
3D printing goes live at XYZ
XYZ Machine Tools has created a separate page dedicated to its HP Muliti Jet Fusion 3D printing technology on its website. Visitors to the page can see a range of videos that highlight the potential created by the innovative and revolutionary HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer technology.
Mazak hosts new AutomatiON event
AutomatiON, a new event designed to encourage machine users to ‘switch on’ to the benefits of automation, has been scheduled for June at Mazak’s European headquarters in Worcester. The event, which will include automation solutions from a range of providers, including Mazak, FANUC, RoboJob, Indunorm, Hydrafeed and Iemca.
MACH 2018 pulls in the crowds for Ceratizit WNT
Best MACH on record for cutting tool specialist - The decision to invest in the largest MACH exhibition stand in the Group’s history proved to be a correct one as record numbers of visitors visited the Ceratizit WNT stand over the five days of the show.
Renishaw launches guide to additive manufacturing
Additive manufacturing (AM) systems and software manufacturer and user, Renishaw, has launched a dedicated AM Guide on its website. The company will use the new information hub to educate and inform customers.
Reduce your production costs with innovative solutions
TRUMPF Open House 12th – 14thJune 2018, TRUMPF Technology Centre, Luton. - There is something to inspire manufacturing companies of every size and level at the TRUMPF Open House event in June, particularly those with an interest in automation.
SIC Marking strengthens its position in the market
SIC Marking’s headquarters in France have recently started to complete a building expansion creating 2,000 M² more production and office space to handle efficiently the market demand.
Hexagon to host high performance metrology event
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is offering a rare opportunity for you to learn more about high performance metrology solutions at a special event at Coventry's Manufacturing Technology Catapult Centre on May 23
Speed and accuracy aids world record attempt
Having smashed the previous mark by 20 mph, Scunthorpe-based Becci Ellis set an incredible world record of 264.1 mph on 17th August 2014 and became the world’s fastest woman on a conventional motorcycle over a standing start mile. Achieving the female land speed record also makes her the fourth fastest rider in the world, just 30mph behind the overall world record set by the late American rider Bill Warner
Bystronic acquires TTM Laser
Swiss sheet metal equipment manufacturer, Bystronic, which produces fibre laser cutting machines, automation solutions and press brakes for processing flat material, has announced that it is to take over the Italian manufacturer of laser-based tube and profile cutting machines, TTM Laser S.p.A.
Tungaloy proud to be a Gold Member of Made in the Midlands
The annual Made in the Midlands Manufacturing Exhibition will return to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on the 21st June and promises to be the largest show in its nine year history. Privileged to be supporting the event will be cutting tool manufacturer Tungaloy
Bruderer UK seals ‘Clamason’ deal at MACH
A Black Country manufacturer has signalled its intentions for future growth by placing a major order at MACH 2018
Measurement Solutions wins orders at MACH
MACH 2018 proved to be a resounding success for metrology innovator Measurement Solutions, with the company selling several Metrascan 3D Inspection Systems throughout the week, as well as a host of other 3D scanning, measurement and inspection technology. Four Metrascan units have been sold to major UK automotive OEM's and a leading F1 team
CGTech ‘ins and outs’ at MACH 2018
Due to the continued expansion of the VERICUT user base for both CNC machine simulation, verification and optimisation, plus the growing use of the VERICUT Composites Applications Suite for advanced non-metallic materials, CGTech recently announced it is expanding and restructuring its UK operation
‘Biggest and best’ result yet at manufacturing showcase
The Carfulan Group has reported its busiest trade show ever, with thousands of people flocking to Birmingham’s NEC to witness the full range of complementary manufacturing technologies it offers
XYZ starts and ends MACH on a high
In the two months prior to the MACH exhibition, XYZ Machine Tools recorded its two best-ever months for machine orders. This may have indicated that customers were preempting MACH and getting their orders in early, but this wasn’t the case with the exhibition delivering exceptional sales and enquiries. All of which continues the positive trend for the Devon-based machine tool company
Nikken Open House 10th May 2018
The Nikken Open House will take place on 10th May 2018 from 10.00 to 14.00 at the Nikken Innovation Centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, Brunel Way, Catcliffe, Rotherham, S60 5WG
Markus Horn appointed managing director of Paul Horn GmbH
Markus Horn has been appointed the new managing director of Hartmetall-Werkzeugfabrik Paul Horn GmbH.
Mills CNC joins the AMRC as a Tier 1 member
It supplies two high-performance Doosan machines as part of the agreement.
SCHUNK will celebrate 20th anniversary at MACH
At MACH 2018, SCHUNK Intec Ltd will be holding a special ceremony on its Stand on Wednesday 11th to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary in the UK.
Renishaw supports new Being Brunel museum
Being Brunel has launched this year as part of the UK-wide Year of Engineering.
Starrett celebrates 60 years of UK manufacturing
Starrett is celebrating six decades of UK manufacturing.
Manufacturing Technology Centre introduces FANUC technology to state-of-the-art training centre
FANUC has installed a range of its technology at the MTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, as part of the MTC’s continued commitment to the next generation of engineers.
Siemens to invest £27m in new 3D-printing factory
Siemens to invest £27m into a new 3D-printing factory for Worcester based Materials Solutions Ltd that will create 55 new jobs.
New catalogue keeps things current at WNT
Supplementary catalogue highlights pace of change at WNT
MACH 2018 seminar programme launches
The seminar programme for MACH 2018 is now live and visitors are encouraged to book ahead.
Hexagon announces more PC-DMIS software seminars
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has announced plans to take its annual PC-DMIS metrology software seminars to a wider range of locations this year.
North of England Metrology Networking Event
FARO UK, Manchester Metrology and Optimax have joined together to organise a Metrology networking event in the North of England.
30 years at the forefront of production control software
PSL Datatrack is celebrating 30 years at the forefront of production control software development for precision engineering subcontractors.
Silent revolution: conventional automation converges with IT
Hannover Messe 2018 is shining a bright spotlight on the topic of "Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate" in its IAMD (Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives) and Digital Factory halls, where companies will be showcasing their own self-transformation processes as well as their latest solutions and business models resulting from the combination of IT with integrated automation.
Renishaw shortlisted for Company of the Year at PLC Awards
Gloucestershire-based global engineering technologies company, Renishaw has been shortlisted for Company of the Year at the PLC Awards, 2017.
ESAB completes acquisition of Sandvik welding business
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Sandvik welding operations
Key appointment at leading UK measurement specialist
Measurement Solutions, the UK partner for Creaform 3D portable metrology and Metrologic Group inspection software, has announced the appointment of Andrew Tagg as its new business development director.
RARUK Automation adds traditional robots to its portfolio
RARUK Automation has teamed up with TM Robotics to offer the Toshiba Machine SCARA, Cartesian and 6-axis robots.
Altus welcomes Quick as a pre-eminent supplier
Altus has recently added innovative automated handling solutions, robotic soldering systems and technical furniture to its range following its collaboration with Quick.
New 2018 catalogue now available from Dormer
Featuring more than 540 product families over 640 pages, the new Dormer catalogue is now available in 20 languages.
SMEs predict best sales in three years
Barometer shows that manufacturers must improve productivity to meet expected sales and profit growth
Norbar celebrates its 75th anniversary at Cologne International Hardware Show
Norbar Torque Tools is heading to the Cologne International Hardware Show from the 4th to 7th March, with its largest range of devices on display.
MAN creates 125 jobs after record-breaking year
A unique industrial collective is casting aside the shadows of Brexit by recording its best ever year, with a £10m increase in sales paving the way for 125 new jobs.
Geo Kingsbury enters additive manufacturing sector
Known for selling turnkey metalcutting systems to UK and Irish manufacturing industry based on prestigious German machine tool agency ranges of CNC turning, milling and grinding centres, Geo Kingsbury has announced that, with immediate effect, it is also offering additive manufacturing solutions.
Sir Ben Ainslie set to open MACH 2018
The largest manufacturing and engineering exhibition in the UK, MACH 2018, is set to open in April at the NEC in Birmingham. This five-day celebration of UK manufacturing will be officially opened on 9th April by the most successful sailor in Olympic history, Sir Ben Ainslie. Sir Ben won medals at five consecutive Olympics from 1996 onwards, including gold at the four Games held between 2000 and 2012.
Blum measures up to a record year in the UK
Industry’s search for greater accuracy and real-time data has helped an East Staffordshire measurement specialist secure a record-breaking year.
CGTech celebrates 30-year milestone
CGTech, the developer of VERICUT® software, is proud to celebrate three decades of innovation and consistent growth. Headquartered in Irvine, California, with 10 wholly-owned subsidiaries and an extensive network of resellers to support customers worldwide, the company is releasing new CNC simulation and optimisation technologies faster than ever before.
Walter GB to demonstrate Engineering Kompetenz with Made in the Midlands membership
Tooling expert Walter GB has joined Made in the Midlands, the influential peer group for MDs and CEOs of manufacturing and engineering firms in the Midlands.
ASF Metrology intends to acquire coordinate measuring machines business from Nikon Metrology
Nikon Metrology has announced that ASF Metrology intends to acquire Nikon Metrology’s coordinate measuring machines (CMM) business. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in about 2 months.
Booming MTC expects to create 100 new jobs this year
Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) continues to become one of the city’s booming businesses, after seeing its workforce grow by more than 20 percent in the past year and it is predicting further growth in 2018, including an increase in the number of apprentices, which currently stands at 147.
XYZ ends 2017 on a high
XYZ Machine Tools closed out 2017 by posting an increase in order intake for the eight months from May to December. This reflects the positive attitude among manufacturing businesses in the UK and Europe, along with the arrival of new machine tool models to the XYZ portfolio.
Geoff Bryant retires from Citizen Machinery after creating business platform for record sales
Geoff Bryant retires from Citizen Machinery after creating business platform for record sales
Manufacturing in motion
With just a couple of months to go before the doors open to MACH 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, visitor registration is now live.
Haas Modular Mini-Mill– the next generation 40-taper compact machine
The new Modular Mini Mill from Haas Automation provides an economical solution for small parts machining for new start business
Mantis inspection equipment ensures quality for handmade shoe manufacturer
Mantis inspection equipment from Optimax ensures quality for handmade shoe manufacturer
Matsuura kicks off 2018 with significant employee investment
Matsuura Machinery Ltd has continued to strengthen its service and sales team with the appointment of five new employees.
Hoffmann becomes a European Company
Hoffmann, a leading system partner for quality tools, has become a European Company, Societas Europaea (SE), with effect from 7th December 2017.
Metrology specialist announces restructuring
Measurement Solutions, the UK partner for Creaform 3D portable metrology and Metrologic Group inspection software, has announced plans to re-structure its business activities.
LASYS exhibition becoming increasingly more important
LASYS has become established as the trade fair for laser material processing and is making an impression with continuously increasing numbers of international exhibitors, industrial associations and institutions.
Walter adds to its digital Engineering Kompetenz
With the acquisition of its long-standing software partner Comara GmbH, tooling expert Walter is reinforcing its decision to strive for further growth in the digital sector and build on the company’s Engineering Kompetenz.
XYZ Machine Tools awarded major safety accreditation
XYZ Machine Tools has been awarded accreditation from leading third-party accreditation scheme Alcumus SafeContractor for its excellence in health and safety in the workplace.
Kemppi opens up robotic welding application centre in China
In order to strengthen its robotic welding business and speed up the growth in Asia, Kemppi has opened a robotic welding application centre in China.
New machine tool introductions and a tremendously well-attended Open House, combined with a significant increase in demand for large-capacity Doosan machines and ‘best-in-class’ turnkey solutions, help explain Mills CNC’s strong sales performance in 2017.
KYOCERA to acquire power tool business from RYOBI
Acquisition will further diversify and expand product line-up Kyocera Corporation president,
New product catalogue offers a comprehensive resource
Floyd Automatic Tooling has an impressive reputation for the support it provides to both customers and technical partners; something that was prevalent at the recent Star Micronics and Citizen Open House events.
Floyd delivers solutions at Star and Citizen Open House events
Floyd Automatic Tooling has an impressive reputation for the support it provides to both customers and technical partners; something that was prevalent at the recent Star Micronics and Citizen Open House events.
123 Insight showcases latest MRP software and host workshops at the Manufacturing Management Show
123 Insight Ltd will be exhibiting at the Manufacturing Management Show on 22nd and 23rd November 2017 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and will also be presenting at the Manufacturing Management Workshop events.
Renishaw’s founder awarded honorary doctorate
The University of Huddersfield has awarded an honorary doctorate to Sir David McMurtry, chairman and chief executive of global engineering technologies company, Renishaw.
Southern Manufacturing marks 20th anniversary with move to new home
The Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Show is marking its 20th anniversary in 2018 with a move to a new permanent venue at Farnborough.