Advanced manufacturing

Network Rail deal puts Swindon industrial property market on right track for growth

November 19, 2013
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Network Rail deal puts Swindon industrial property market on right track for growth

Swindon’s rapidly-recovering industrial property market has received a major boost from Network Rail, which has signed a deal to occupy one of the town’s largest vacant warehouses. The railway infrastructure group, which owns and manages the UK’s rail network, is to use the 150,000 sq ft building on the town’s Groundwell Industrial Estate as...

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Growing demand for ‘corrugated plastic’ leads packaging group to start new division

November 19, 2013
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Growing demand for ‘corrugated plastic’ leads packaging group to start new division

GWP, the packaging group based in Cricklade, has launched a new division to meet increasing demand for specialist Correx packaging. A lightweight-but-durable ‘corrugated’ polypropylene sheet material, Correx is also chemical and water resistant. As a result it has become the material of choice for packaging in sectors ranging from automotive to construction and is...

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Major London housing estate regeneration contract opens up for Vicaima doors

November 19, 2013
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Major London housing estate regeneration contract opens up for Vicaima doors

Swindon interior door manufacturer Vicaima has supplied its products to one of London’s largest housing regeneration projects. The Portuguese-owned firm, which makes a range of doors at its Greenbridge factory, was chosen by Sussex construction firm Rydon to supply 520 doors for new homes on the 1960s Packington Estate in Islington. Some 538 flats...

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Swindon innovation helps BMW put latest Mini on the road

November 18, 2013
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Swindon innovation helps BMW put latest Mini on the road

BMW unveiled its third generation Mini yesterday at a glittering launch – the result of a £750m investment across its three UK plants including introducing world-class innovative manufacturing processes to its Swindon factory. Millions of pounds have been spent upgrading the Swindon pressings plant, which will make nearly all the body panels for the...

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Government urges automotive firms to fuel drive towards low-carbon motoring

November 12, 2013
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Government urges automotive firms to fuel drive towards low-carbon motoring

A £75m fund has been launched to challenge UK automotive firms to come up with engine technologies that will make cars more energy efficient and ultimately change the way we drive. The scheme, launched by Business Secretary Vince Cable, is aimed at helping UK businesses make and test low-carbon technologies that will keep the...

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Swindon showcases its leading edge in advanced engineering

November 12, 2013
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Swindon showcases its leading edge in advanced engineering

The campaign to promote Swindon as a prime location for advanced engineering businesses and expertise is stepped up a gear today when it exhibits at a major trade show. Forward Swindon, the council’s economic development company, is showcasing the town at the Advanced Engineering Show at the Birmingham NEC today and tomorrow. More than...

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Swindon sets off on road to become UK’s leading hydrogen-powered town

October 29, 2013
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Swindon sets off on road to become UK’s leading hydrogen-powered town

An ambitious action programme has been launched in Swindon is to position the town as the UK’s centre of excellence for hydrogen technology. The potential of the ‘energy of the future’ will be harnessed in a wide range of initiatives spanning the use of hydrogen to power fork-lift trucks in the town’s warehouses and...

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Hi-tech diving equipment firm lands orders for new owner Avon Rubber

October 29, 2013
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Hi-tech diving equipment firm lands orders for new owner Avon Rubber

Avon Rubber, the Wiltshire-based specialist manufacturer best known for its respirators, has won two major contracts as a result of its £3m acquisition earlier this year of VR Technology Holdings. Melksham-based Avon bought VR, a market leader in electronics, computers and life support systems used by professional divers, in April to broaden its reach...

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It’s a tough case for charity fundraisers taking part in gruelling South Pole race

October 29, 2013
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It’s a tough case for charity fundraisers taking part in gruelling South Pole race

Packaging firm GWP Group has donated 30 ultra-tough cases for a gruelling charity trek by wounded servicemen and women to the South Pole this December. The three teams from the UK, US and the Commonwealth taking part in Walking With The Wounded’s South Pole Allied Challenge aim to travel 335km and reach their destination...

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Car industry big hitter joins Grant Thornton’s automotive team

October 29, 2013
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Car industry big hitter joins Grant Thornton’s automotive team

One of the UK car industry’s most respected figures, former General Motors UK chairman Bill Parfitt, has joined accountants Grant Thornton’s automotive advisory team as a consultant. Mr Parfitt, pictured, is now working with team members including director and automotive manufacturing specialist Neil Barrell, who is based in the firm’s regional office in Bristol. The...

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