Advanced manufacturing

Small manufacturers urged to reap rewards of UK’s £60bn nuclear power programme

October 16, 2014
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Small manufacturers urged to reap rewards of UK’s £60bn nuclear power programme

Swindon’s small and medium-sized manufacturers were today urged to take advantage of a new scheme which could help them win contracts from the UK’s rapidly-developing £60bn civil nuclear new build programme. The link-up between the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) will allow these firms to measure...

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From flipcharts to smartphones – RTS’s road to 25 years of success in auto industry staff development

October 16, 2014
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From flipcharts to smartphones – RTS’s road to 25 years of success in auto industry staff development

Specialist learning and development consultancy RTS Group is celebrating 25 years in business – a quarter of a century in which the tools of its trade have progressed from flipcharts to online technology. The Chippenham-based group began life as a niche agency aimed at serving the training and development needs of the automotive industry....

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Fall in unemployment masking ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in the economy, Swindon Initiative warns

October 16, 2014
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Fall in unemployment masking ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in the economy, Swindon Initiative warns

The economic recovery may not be as strong as anticipated despite the latest fall in unemployment, Business West, the organisation that runs the Initiative in Swindon & Wiltshire, has warned While welcoming the 1.6% year-on-year drop in the number of people out of work in the South West, Initiative director Ian Larrard, pictured, said...

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US giant moves to snap up Swindon sterilisation group Synergy Health for $1.9bn

October 13, 2014
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US giant moves to snap up Swindon sterilisation group Synergy Health for $1.9bn

Synergy Health, the Swindon-headquartered international medical sterilisation group, is to be taken over by a major US healthcare firm in a deal worth around $1.9bn (£1.18bn). Ohio-based Steris Corporation, which provides infection prevention to clients in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and research industries, said this week it would set up a new company to undertake...

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Latchways shares tumble as it warns of drop in full-year profits

October 10, 2014
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Latchways shares tumble as it warns of drop in full-year profits

Shares in Latchways, the Devizes-based firm making protection equipment for people working at height, lost a fifth of their value this week after it warned that this year’s profits will be much lower than last year’s. The firm blamed a combination of factors including continuing challenging European market conditions, delays in the European offshore...

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Portuguese approval for Vectura’s innovative inhaler gives firm €1.5m boost

October 10, 2014
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Portuguese approval for Vectura’s innovative inhaler gives firm €1.5m boost

Chippenham-based specialist drug firm Vectura has received a €1.5m (£1.18m) ‘milestone’ payment after securing approval in Portugal for its innovative respiratory inhaler AirFluSal Forspiro. Vectura’s partner Sandoz, the Swiss-owned global leader in generic medicines, has been granted marketing authorisation by the Portuguese Health Authority for the new inhaler aimed at patients with asthma and/or...

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Powerful boost to Swindon’s economy expected after Hinkley Point C nuclear plant gets approval

October 9, 2014
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Powerful boost to Swindon’s economy expected after Hinkley Point C nuclear plant gets approval

Swindon’s economy will get a boost from the £24.5bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station approved this week by the European Commission, according to experts. The controversial plant, on the Somerset coast near Bridgwater, will be Britain’s first new nuclear reactor for nearly 20 years and could create around 25,000 jobs across the region...

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Export Week aims to get Swindon firms en route to success in overseas markets

October 6, 2014
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Export Week aims to get Swindon firms en route to success in overseas markets

Swindon firms are being urged to get on the fast track to success by joining UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) as it brings the world to the region for its sixth Export Week. Organised by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in conjunction with partners and business organisations, Export Week aims to encourage companies to...

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Avon Rubber shares climb as group announces strong bounce back in trading

October 3, 2014
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Avon Rubber shares climb as group announces strong bounce back in trading

Shares in Wiltshire manufacturer Avon Rubber rose sharply this morning after it said trading had continued to be strong, driven by increased sales of its core protection products. The Melksham-based group also said the currency fluctuations that had hit it earlier this year had eased. As a result, a pre-close update released to the...

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Funding for innovative Swindon firm that is pioneering waste plastic-to-oil technology

October 3, 2014
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Funding for innovative Swindon firm that is pioneering waste plastic-to-oil technology

Recycling Technologies, the innovative Swindon firm making machines that convert waste plastic to oil, has received an investment from a London-based specialist fund. Recycling Technologies, which is building a pilot plant in Swindon to demonstrate its pioneering process, will use the funding to help market its machines. It is already in advanced discussions with...

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