Advanced Manufacturing

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This weeks #UKmfg weekly focus features a range of topics headlines this week include –

Carbon fibre wheel manufacturer Dymag is targeting Sheffield as the location for a new production facility. The company, which has its headquarters in Chippenham, Wiltshire, designs and manufactures lightweight carbon composite hybrid and full carbon wheels for cars and motorcycles.

Dymag is considering a number of sites in and around Sheffield, which has developed a reputation as a hub for advanced manufacturing, as it plans to scale up production to offer its technology to other automotive businesses.

World-leading research and technology organisation, the Manufacturing Technology Centre is expanding its reach into the North in a move expected to create more than 40 highly skilled jobs. The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is expected to approve a grant for £15m next week in order to enable the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) to expand its facilities.

The MD of a fast-growing precision engineering firm has called for an industry-wide shift in the way women and girls are attracted into the world of manufacturing, describing the current approach as “best-intentioned” but lacking. Jason Aldridge, managing director of Arrowsmith Engineering in Coventry, urged the government, business and academia to rethink the way manufacturing careers are promoted among female talent – and recommended they tap into girl power when it comes to marketing the sector.

New battery technology could give electric cars more than 200 miles of charge in as little as 10 minutes, according to new research. Lithium ion batteries have had a dramatic impact because of their ability to store a large amount of energy in a small, compact battery and be recharged again and again. A trio of scientists were awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry for their contributions to the development of the batteries earlier this month.

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