Josh Phillips

One of the most prominent journalists in the Manufacturing & Engineering Magazine team, Josh covers much of the news and recent affairs within the industry. Looking across an increasingly broad range of topics, Josh brings together technical insight with an update on recent affairs to provide bites-size snapshots of industry perspective for the modern industry reader. Most specifically, Josh tends to focus on industry champions and is always keen to share news pertaining to the activities of those displaying conduct akin to an industry role model.

Plans Announced for Shropshire Advanced Manufacturing Training Hub

Plans Announced for Shropshire Advanced Manufacturing Training Hub

Plans for an advanced manufacturing training hub in Shropshire have been announced, with the aim of supporting ‘2020 learners by 2020’. The Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT), which is led by a consortium of Classic Motor Cars, Grainger & Worrall, Salop Design & Engineering and training provider In-Comm, will provide a high-tech environment …

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£60m Boost to Fund Six New Research Hubs

£60m Boost to Fund Six New Research Hubs

Universities and science minister Jo Johnson has given £60 million to fund six new research hubs to boost innovation and improve manufacturing techniques in the UK. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will provide the finances for the scheme, with the hubs led by the universities of Sheffield, Huddersfield, Nottingham, Cardiff, Strathclyde and University …

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University of Huddersfield to Launch £30m UK Manufacturing Research Centre

University of Huddersfield to Launch £30m UK Manufacturing Research Centre

A new £30m research centre to help transform UK manufacturing is set to be based at the University of Huddersfield. The Future Metrology Hub will be situated in the University’s Centre for Precision Technologies, which houses a team of researchers in precision engineering and metrology. Researchers at the universities of Sheffield, Loughborough and Bath will …

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Cambridge Manufacturer to Open New Production Facility

Cambridge Manufacturer to Open New Production Facility

A historic manufacturer of equipment for hazardous and dangerous environments based in Cambridge has opened a new production site to produce nuclear waste containers. Tracing its roots back to the late 1800s, Stainless Metalcraft operates under the energy and medical division of listed group Avingtrans. Last year, the firm was awarded a £47 million contract …

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James Briggs Ltd Signs Deal with French Firm

James Briggs Ltd Signs Deal with French Firm

Aerosols and consumer chemicals manufacturer James Briggs Ltd has signed a distribution deal with French company Firex that will see it expand into the African market for the first time. The Oldham-based firm will supply private label maintenance products to countries including Mali, Senegal and Cameroon, through the French distributor, while its in-house design team …

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MAN to Use Latest Durr Painting Technology in its Cabs

MAN to Use Latest Durr Painting Technology in its Cabs

Truck manufacturer MAN will use the latest Durr painting technology for its truck cabs. Dürr is installing its innovative EcoDry X dry separation system at MAN’s new paint shop for truck cabs in Munich now for the first time in Germany. EcoDry X is a semi-automatic system based on cardboard filter technology. Dürr’s scope of …

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SMMT Calls on Government to Grasp 74b Digital Manufacturing Opportunity

SMMT Calls on Government to Grasp 74b Digital Manufacturing Opportunity

The latest report from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called on the government and the automotive sector to grasp the £74 billion opportunity from digital manufacturing. The SMMT’s new report highlights a £74 billion opportunity for the UK if the industry fully embraces digitalisation over the next 20 years. Commissioned from …

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Former Swindon Triumph Site Sold to Logistics Firm

Former Swindon Triumph Site Sold to Logistics Firm

The former Triumph manufacturing and warehouse site on Swindon’s Groundwell Industrial Estate is to be redeveloped, following its acquisition by logistics group Howard Tenens. The Stroud-based company bought the facility with support from property consultancies Savills and Whitmarsh Lockhart for an undisclosed sum. Located on a 7.2 acre site, self-contained facility is comprised of a …

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Thomas Tunnock Commissions Fourth Manufacturing Plant

Thomas Tunnock Commissions Fourth Manufacturing Plant

Thomas Tunnock has commissioned a fourth teacake manufacturing plant to meet growing demand for its products as underlying profits at the business grew 14.5 per cent to £7.1m on sales of £53 million. In addition to the new plant, further investment has also been made at the biscuit maker’s Uddingston base, with planning permission granted …

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