Advanced manufacturing

Swindon Business News partners with region’s biggest and most prestigious business exhibition

September 18, 2014
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Swindon Business News partners with region’s biggest and most prestigious business exhibition

Swindon Business News has teamed up with the region’s biggest business exhibition, Business Showcase South West, as it prepares to return for a second year.  Business Showcase South West 2015 (BSSW 2015) will build on the success of the inaugural event earlier this year which attracted nearly 2,000 attendees, exhibitors and big-name speakers including...

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Swindon’s UTC opens doors to first students who will become next generation of town’s engineers

September 18, 2014
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Swindon’s UTC opens doors to first students who will become next generation of town’s engineers

UTC Swindon, the town’s new university technical college which aims to produce the engineers of the future, officially opened its doors to students for the first time this week. The college, based on the edge of Swindon’s historic Railway Village, is educating 14-18 year olds by combining academic subjects with technical and practical learning...

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Swindon rail firms urged to get on track to help build HS2

September 18, 2014
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Swindon rail firms urged to get on track to help build HS2

Firms from Swindon’s burgeoning railway industry are being encouraged to find out more about how they can share in contracts worth £10bn-plus linked to the planned HS2 (High Speed Two) London-to-Manchester and Leeds rail link. Hundreds of firms will help build Britain’s long-awaited north-south high-speed line – and those behind it want to ensure...

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SciSys lands Mars rover software contract worth €2m

September 16, 2014
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SciSys lands Mars rover software contract worth €2m

IT innovator SciSys has secured a €2m (£1.59m) order to develop software for the next Mars rover as part of the European Space Agency’s 2018 mission to the red planet. The Chippenham-based firm, which has its roots in the space industry, will work on the vehicle visual localisation flight software (VISLOC) responsible for self-localising...

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Swindon BMW plant praised for helping Mini clock up two major milestones

September 12, 2014
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Swindon BMW plant praised for helping Mini clock up two major milestones

The Mini success story – in which Swindon has played a key role – continued this week as BMW announced the production of its three millionth car and its two millionth for export. The iconic car was relaunched in 2001 by BMW and has since become one of the most popular brands in the...

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UTC goes back to the future for next year’s intake by embracing Swindon’s heritage and innovation

September 12, 2014
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UTC Swindon, the university technical college that opened this week, launches its student recruitment campaign for next year this weekend by highlighting the town’s industrial heritage and showcasing one of its modern, innovative businesses. Joining the UTC’s stand at the Swindon Railway Festival at STEAM will be Stuart Holland, director of Thermographic Consultancy, the...

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Better-by-design workshop for Swindon manufacturers

September 12, 2014
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Better-by-design workshop for Swindon manufacturers

Manufacturers across Swindon and Wiltshire can learn how to use design for competitive advantage at a workshop next month. The event, to be staged by the manufacturing advisory organisation MAS and the Wiltshire Business Support Service, will summarise different expressions of design best practice and will include practical exercises to investigate how a product’s...

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Swindon ranked among England’s economic hotspots with potential for more growth

September 8, 2014
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Swindon ranked among England’s economic hotspots with potential for more growth

Swindon has been named as one of England’s leading centres for economic growth outside of London, underpinning the town’s burgeoning reputation as hub for innovation. Swindon ranks as joint seventh for economic and demographic expansion over the past eight years, according to a new report analysing the performance of English towns and cities. And...

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Dyson launches the robot vacuum that cleans up while you’re out

September 5, 2014
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Dyson launches the robot vacuum that cleans up while you’re out

North Wiltshire-based Dyson has unveiled its latest innovative appliance aimed at revolutionising household chores – a powerful robot vacuum cleaner that works even when its owner isn’t home. Launched to great fanfare in Tokyo yesterday, and using technology developed at Dyson’s world-beating Malmesbury research and development centre, the 360 Eye can be controlled via...

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Plessey signs agreement to sell its hi-tech products into UK lighting market

September 4, 2014
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Plessey signs agreement to sell its hi-tech products into UK lighting market

Swindon innovator Plessey is to distribute its pioneering lighting technology in the UK and Ireland as it looks to maximise its potential. The hi-tech firm, which has its roots in Swindon’s micro-electronics industry and still has a base in the town, is developing lighting products using gallium-nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) technology. The agreement with electronics distributor...

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