Advanced manufacturing

Plessey looks to shine in tech lighting market with new European distribution deal

July 17, 2014
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Plessey looks to shine in tech lighting market with new European distribution deal

Hi-tech innovator Plessey has signed a distribution agreement to grow sales of its world-beating lighting technology in Central and Eastern Europe, Italy and Denmark. The semiconductor firm, which was the cornerstone of Swindon’s electronics and microchip industry and still has an office in the town, is developing lighting products using gallium-nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) technology. These...

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Hi-tech boost for Swindon’s UTC as Dialog Semiconductor pledges £80,000

July 17, 2014
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Hi-tech boost for Swindon’s UTC as Dialog Semiconductor pledges £80,000

Integrated circuit pioneer Dialog Semiconductor has donated £80,000 to UTC Swindon as the college gears up to welcome its first students in September. Dialog, which has an engineering support office on Swindon’s Delta office park, is splitting its donation equally between investment in specialist equipment for the UTC and funding to support its first...

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Plaudits for BMW Swindon workers as new Mini Hatch drives off with top motoring accolade

July 16, 2014
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Plaudits for BMW Swindon workers as new Mini Hatch drives off with top motoring accolade

Workers at Swindon’s BMW plant have been praised for helping the new Mini Hatch win one of the UK car industry’s most-prestigious awards. The Mini Hatch – the latest in the iconic range – was named Auto Express magazine’s Car of the Year 2014 earlier this week against tough competition. The Swindon plant, which...

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Buildings of the future to be tested at pioneering research centre on Swindon’s doorstep

July 10, 2014
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Buildings of the future to be tested at pioneering research centre on Swindon’s doorstep

An innovative research centre based near Swindon is to play a leading role in developing low carbon construction materials which will be used in the buildings in the future. The University of Bath’s HIVE will be at its new Building Research Park (BRP) at The Science Museum at Wroughton. The £1m project – the first...

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Event: Sharing knowledge and collaborating to boost international trade

July 10, 2014
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Firms can find out how to share knowledge and experience and form the kind of collaborative business relationships that help develop business in overseas markets at an event next week. Staged by the Wiltshire International Network, the evening meeting at Dyson’s Malmesbury base will offer expert advice from UK Trade & Investment international trade...

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Withy King lawyers take lead on sale of Wiltshire specialist glue manufacturer

July 10, 2014
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The corporate, employment and commercial property teams from law firm Withy King’s Swindon office have advised shareholders of Wiltshire-based specialist adhesives firm ALH Systems on its sale to Swedish industrial giant Indutrade. ALH, based at Westbury, has annual sales of £6m and employs 37 staff. It supplies formulated polyurethane and epoxy encapsulants, adhesives, sealants...

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Top tech lawyer chosen to fire up would-be female engineers at Dragons’ Den-style event

July 10, 2014
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Top tech lawyer chosen to fire up would-be female engineers at Dragons’ Den-style event

Swindon law firm Withy King’s intellectual property and technology expert Jessica Bent has been selected to join the judging panel of a new Dragons’ Den-style competition aimed at aspiring female engineers in the South West. Jessica, pictured, a partner with the firm, will help judge the entries to the Women with Bright Ideas competition,...

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Dyson signs up as Bath Rugby’s new main sponsor

July 10, 2014
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Dyson signs up as Bath Rugby’s new main sponsor

Wiltshire-based innovative appliance firm Dyson is to become the new title partner for Bath Rugby’s for the next two seasons, it was announced this morning. The partnership marks the first of its kind for Malmesbury-based Dyson, best known for its pioneering bagless vacuum cleaners. The firm said the time was right to support a...

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From new roads to skills and science: Full details of projects benefiting from new Govt funding

July 7, 2014
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From new roads to skills and science: Full details of projects benefiting from new Govt funding

The Government has announced funding of £12.8m for Swindon and Wiltshire under its Local Growth Deal. This money is for projects which start in 2015/16 and 2016/17. It also announced £116.3m of possible future funding. Key projects to benefit from the first round of funding include: Swindon’s Eastern Villages infrastructure. A package of road...

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£12.8m boost for Swindon and Wiltshire economy to create jobs and build roads and homes

July 7, 2014
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£12.8m boost for Swindon and Wiltshire economy to create jobs and build roads and homes

Swindon and Wiltshire are to receive Government funding worth £12.8m to create jobs, generate economic growth and accelerate much-needed housebuilding over the next two years. A further £116.3m could be invested in the area beyond 2017 under the Local Growth Deal including £23m for a new road tunnel under the M4 linking the Wichelstowe...

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