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Orders for UK after Dubai Airshow, Bombardier’s new train and Orbex opens its facility | #UKmfgFocus

This week in #UKmfg news; Dubai’s Airshow has led to a huge amount of orders for Airbus meaning more wings are to be produced at the firm’s facility in Broughton, Flintshire. Air Arabia, a middle-east based airline has announced that it will be buying 170 Airbus A-320 planes along with a whole host of other orders for both Airbus and Boeing who typically use engines built at Rolls-Royce in Derby.

Bombardier has revealed its new train, the Class 701. The train is to be delivered to South West Trains in a £895m deal, for 750 carriages, reached in 2017.

British train manufacturer Vivarail is relocating from the Quinton Rail Technology Centre at Long Marston to a new site in Southam, as the company looks to expand its operations.

The design team have been appointed for Siemens’ new £200m train factory in Goole. Arup and AHR have been awarded the design contract for Siemens Mobility’s industry-leading rail manufacturing facility in East Yorkshire. The £200m development will manufacture and commission state-of-the-art trains, placing Goole at the forefront of the UK rail manufacturing industry.

Aston Martin Lagonda has unveiled its first sports utility vehicle in an attempt to compete in the fast-growing luxury SUV car market and reverse the 75% slide in its share price since the company floated last year.

The British supercar manufacturer, McLaren Automotive recently opened a new £50m factory in Yorkshire, a move expected to more than double its workforce. The company, which exports over 90% of its cars, recently re-shored production of its carbon fibre chassis to its new Rotherham facility. The chassis are then be shipped to its Woking facility where the rest of the car is assembled.

Angloco Limited – the UK’s oldest manufacturer of fire engines – has secured a major deal to replace and service most of the UK Ministry of Defence’s existing fire fleet. The £30m order comes as part of the Defence Fire and Rescue Project – a significant outsourcing contract recently awarded to Capita Plc. Under the contract, Angloco will not only supply more than 80 new state-of-the-art fire vehicles but will also support them both in the UK and around the world, for the next 12 years.

Orbex, the UK-based spaceflight company, has let cameras into its working rocket factory in Scotland for the first time. The behind-the-scenes imagery reveals how the company is using advanced engineering techniques and materials to create the next generation of renewably-fuelled European orbital launch vehicles. The company also revealed its new Mission Control Centre that will be used to monitor orbital rocket launches from Scotland and other sites, as well as engine tests from its two propulsion test sites.

NEW images have helped bring to life the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), with a planning application for the development now submitted. NMIS is a £65 million industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise led by the Scottish Government in partnership with its enterprise and skills agencies, University of Strathclyde and Renfrewshire Council. The proposed facility will be situated next to Glasgow Airport at the centre of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire.

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