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Hybrid van maker expands into motor manufacturing

Britain’s largest producer of hybrid electric vans has developed its own range of axial-flux permanent magnet motors and has started to manufacture them after finding that those on the market did not meet its needs.

Rexroth appoints new MD and spins off pneumatics

Alastair Johnstone has been appointed managing director of Bosch Rexroth in the UK, following the promotion last year of Steve Cooke to a senior position in Germany.

Safety specialist moves to a larger UK HQ

The safety specialist Pilz Automation Technology has moved to new purpose-built UK headquarters in Corby, Northamptonshire. The new building, less than 1km from the site that the company occupied for the previous 21 years, has more warehousing, training and office space.

Siemens buys UK production planning specialist

Siemens is buying the Preactor Group, a UK-based developer of production planning software, for an undisclosed sum. Preactor's Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) software will add new components to Siemens’ Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) portfolio.

Young people ‘lack the work ethic for manufacturing’

Almost 40% of British manufacturing firms say that apprentices, graduates and new recruits don’t have the work ethic to succeed in industry, according to a new poll published by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Manufacturers expect output to grow strongly

UK manufacturers are expecting a strong growth in output over the coming three months, according to the CBI’s latest monthly Industrial Trends Survey. But the survey of 404 firms reveals that output was broadly flat during the three months to May, disappointing expectations for a more pronounced recovery.

Gambica forms industrial security group

The UK automation trade body Gambica has formed a group to identify standards and best practice to help counter the threats of viruses, industrial sabotage and terrorism. The industrial network security group was set up as a result of feedback from Gambica members suggesting that this is an area of increasing interest to them.

Forum aims to raise the profile of power electronics in the UK

A new industry-led forum is aiming to ensure that the UK is recognised as a world leader in power electronics, as well as creating jobs and attracting investment to the sector.

US group acquires Kentish gear-maker

The US-based Precision Technology Group has acquired the Kent-based gear manufacturer, SP Gears. The Orpington company, established in 1916, supplies global customers in the valve, rail, marine and automotive industries, and has nuclear accreditation, allowing it to serve both new build and refurbishment activities in the nuclear sector.

Motor Driven Systems hits the road

The Motor Driven Systems (MDS) conference, held for the past two years in Solihull, is changing format this year, to become a series of regional one-day events being held at locations around the UK, from October to December.

Drives recycling scheme hits a record

ABB says that its variable speed drive recycling scheme in the UK set a new record last year, with 31 tonnes of drives being recycled during the year. More than 96% by weight of the drives were recycled, with much of the copper, aluminium, circuit boards, steel and cables being recovered for further use.

Custom bearing assemblies are supplied ready to fit

igus UK has launched a service to supply complete bespoke bearing assemblies, thus saving time and money for customers. The company will manufacture housings to customer’s drawings and specifications, fit them with igus plastic bearings, and supply the complete assemblies ready to install.

Initiative aims to cut manufacturers’ energy bills

WEG Electric Motors has joined forces with Sulzer to launch an energy-reduction initiative, aimed at helping manufacturers to optimise the efficiencies of equipment in their plants.

Enclosures specialist moves to new UK HQ

Spelsberg UK, the specialist supplier of non-metallic enclosures, has moved to new headquarters in Telford that will allow it to almost double its stock, while also cutting lead times for orders that need customisation.

Box test

The Quartzelec electrical engineering group has completed the first phase of a £1.25m investment programme in its Quartzcoil coil-manufacturing business to meet a growing demand for coil and bar products. It has installed electrical loop winding, bar assembly and coil-forming equipment at its purpose-built multi-million-pound workshop and test facility which it opened in Rugby, UK, in September 2012.