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  • 19th July 2019

    University teams up with advanced manufacturing centre to support SMEs

    The University of Central Lancashire has announced a new partnership with Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) to support SME manufacturers in the region.
  • 17th July 2019

    20 million robots worldwide by 2029, with the UK playing catch up

    New research estimates that 20 million robots could be in place in factories worldwide in a decade’s time, but the rate of automation in the UK is lagging behind global competitors.
  • 12th July 2019

    Most SMEs unaware of investment allowance boost

    The government has introduced a temporary two-year boost to the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) tax relief scheme for new plant and machinery, but less than half of SMEs are aware of it.
  • 10th July 2019

    New manufacturing initiatives for North West universities

    Salford University has launched two new manufacturing facilities for students, while Manchester Metropolitan and Liverpool John Moores are part of a new Industry 4.0 curriculum with Siemens.
  • 4th July 2019

    National Women in Engineering Day shines spotlight on gender balance

    National Women in Engineering Day on 23 June - coinciding with the Women’s Engineering Society’s 100th anniversary - saw experts across the sector urge women to consider an engineering career.
  • 2nd July 2019

    Nearly 1,000 jobs to be created by Industry 4.0 project

    LCR4.0, a landmark business support programme which helped almost 300 SMEs in the Liverpool City Region to capitalise on Industry 4.0 technologies, has been hailed for its ongoing impact.
  • 27th June 2019

    Is manufacturing worth a lot more than we think?

    According to national accounts, manufacturing contributes only 10% to UK GDP - but this is vastly misleading and underestimates how vital the sector is to the economy, new research says.
  • 25th June 2019

    Local Industrial Strategy gets green light

    Greater Manchester has become only the second place in the country to agree a Local Industrial Strategy with government, which aims to break barriers to advanced manufacturing and digitalisation.
  • 20th June 2019

    Automotive sector feeling the Brexit bite

    Engine, car and commercial vehicle production fell significantly in April as factory shutdowns normally scheduled for the summer holidays were brought forward to mitigate Brexit.
  • 18th June 2019

    Engineering pay on the up

    According to a survey of over 1,500 engineers across the UK, the average salary has seen a healthy increase in the last year - although the gender pay gap remains a problem.

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