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Drive systems tour hits the road in England and Scotland

Siemens is taking a custom-built exhibition truck on a three-week tour of the UK in July, starting in Cambridge on 2 July and finishing in Aberdeen 22 July. The Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) roadshow is designed to demonstrate how the company’s integrated drive systems can improve productivity, reliability and efficiency across many sectors.

Exico motors name is reborn after a 10-year absence

The Exico name is returning to the UK motors and inverters market after an absence of ten years. Jerry Hodek who ran the business previously, is back as managing and technical director of the reborn Exico, with Lucie Hodkova as sales director.

Motion specialist takes control at ultrasonics firm

The Basingstoke-based motion technology specialist, LG Motion, has acquired a controlling interest in the Dorchester-based ultrasonic measurement equipment manufacturer, Precision Acoustics.

Online power transmission shop makes its debut

A new Web-based business has been set up to sell power transmission products in the UK and Ireland. Ipswich-based Drive Parts Direct is the brainchild of Nigel Rose who has more than 30 years of experience in the sector, initially with Pix Europe, and later at Distag QCS.

Chain-maker enters production in the UK

A Wolverhampton-based supplier of industrial chain has started to manufacture chain in the UK. Donghua, the UK arm of the Chinese Hangzhou Donghua Chain group, has invested in equipment to produce bespoke attachment chain, thus offering its customers more choice and shorter delivery times. It has also expanded its technical workshop.

Motor-maker’s move will enhance customer service

Lafert Electric Motors has moved to new UK premises in Crewe, bringing together its product and support services under one roof. The site consists of a 465m2 warehouse and workshop area, and 65m2 of office accommodation.

Hudson takes the helm at Centa, as Arnott retires

Darren Hudson has been appointed managing director of the Bradford-based couplings specialist, Centa Transmissions, following the retirement of Bob Arnott after 17 years with the firm.

Mitsubishi and Brook Crompton agree on a package deal

Mitsubishi Electric and Brook Crompton are getting together to offer matched and tested packages of inverter drives and motors to help UK users to comply with tightening energy efficiency regulations.

2016 Drives show will be 40% bigger than in 2014

With just under a year to go to the next Drives & Controls Show, more than twice as many stands have been booked, compared to the same stage before the previous event in 2014. As a result, around 40% more floorspace has beAir-Tech, en allocated to the show than at the 2014 event.

UK engineering alliance announces supply chain initiative

The Engineering and Machinery Alliance (Eama) – the umbrella group for 13 UK trade associations including Gambica, the MTA, Bara, the BFPA, BCAS, the PPMA and Ukiva – has announced plans for an industrial strategy for the machinery and allied components (MAC) sector. Eama believes its initiative will increase the ability of MAC companies, particularly SMEs, to benefit from the wide variety of schemes available to help them compete. 

Servomotor-maker doubles capacity in move to new premises

One of the UK’s most successful – but least-known – motor manufacturers, the servomotor specialist SEM, is moving to new purpose-built premises in Kent that will double its manufacturing capacity. The company is investing “tens of millions” of pounds in the move from its existing 5,000m2 premises in Orpington to the new 12,000m2 site at The Bridge Technology Park in Dartford.

Emerson appoints manager for UK drives and motors

Emerson Industrial Automation has appointed Gloria Stucchi to be general manager of its UK and Ireland drives and motors operation, which includes the Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer brands.

UK fluid power bodies form motion control alliance

The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) and the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), which incorporates the British Fluid Power Distributors Association (BFPDA), have agreed to form an alliance aimed at providing their members with a stronger, more consolidated voice.

EEF manifesto calls for 75% of jobs to be skilled

EEF, the UK manufacturers' organisation, has launched a skills manifesto urging the British Government to set a target for 75% of jobs to be medium- or high-skilled by 2020. The target is part of a policy blueprint aimed at meeting the UK manufacturing sector's increasing demand for skills.

UK manufacturers lay out manifesto for next government

Britain's manufacturers have drawn up four key priorities that, they say, the next UK government will have to build on to create the better-balanced economy that the UK needs to secure its economic recovery.