Engineering

UK Research and Development in Crisis?

MPs have criticised UK companies for their lack of innovation, reports PRW (November 2015).  In a damning report, the UK is listed as being 12th in the R&D investment table of European countries, a position causing UK economists and industrialists a great deal of concern. Innovation and new product development is vitally important for any…

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Explaining Magnetic Separation through Video

Demonstrating Metal Separation Explaining the concept of Magnetic Separation through words alone can often be challenging.  The basic physics are simple.  A magnetic field attracts magnetically susceptible particles.  This then enables them to be separated from materials unaffected by a magnetic forces. This magnetic separation technology in applied in industries as diverse as recycling to the…

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Is only a 7% growth in China cause for concern?

When the world’s second largest economy sets its GDP growth for 2015 at 7%, the lowest in a quarter of a century (as reported by PRW), does this cause us cause for concern?  Part of the issue is that exports from China missed their target for the third year running, although there was still a 4.9%…

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Are British Exporters Feeling Positive?

A report published online by ft.com states that UK exports to Europe are picking up.  These are positive signs against a backdrop of economic uncertainty in Europe, but is it too soon to start opening the champagne? Exporting goods manufactured in the UK has been long promoted by the UK Government as being vitally important…

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Will the UK be left behind in the next Industrial Revolution?

In the latest Plastics & Rubber Weekly, there is an interesting and concerning article on an anticipated fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, and how the EEF believe that the UK could be left behind.  If this happens then could this be the end of manufacturing in the UK? Manufacturing in the UK has…

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Was Exhibiting at Southern Manufacturing 2015 a Success?

The exhibition closes and the weary exhibitors pack up their stands and disappear away into the night.  Many have spent all 3 days on their feet greeting customers and talking with prospects whilst drinking far too much coffee and eating all the wrong foods.  Anyone who has not manned an exhibition stand will just not…

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