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The ‘Factory-in-a-Box’ demonstrator in action

Discovery limited edition vehicle

Land Rover is marking the 30th anniversary of Discovery with a limited-edition exclusively for UK customers. Based on the Discovery Sd6

SE, the ‘Anniversary Edition’ features 22” wheels, fixed panoramic glass roof, privacy glass, a 380W MeridianTM sound system and a choice of metallic paint as standard. A total of 400 anniversary

editions are available in Santorini Black, Corris Grey, Loire Blue or Indus Silver. Rawdon Glover, managing

director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: “The Discovery family represents the pinnacle of versatility, and we are proud to celebrate that lineage. Discovery has evolved in its 30-year history to consistently bring technology, capability and relevance to the ever-changing motoring community. “We have added extra value

for our customers with the 30th Anniversary Edition, making what is regarded as the ‘Best Large SUV’ on sale today, even better.” Since its launch in 1989, the

Land Rover Discovery has become synonymous with adventure. Put to work in the most extreme of global locations and proving time and time again that capability does not come at the sacrifice of comfort, the Discovery has become revered by customers the world over. In 2015, the award-winning

Discovery gained a sibling in Discovery Sport which globally, became Land Rover’s best-seller. Together, Discovery and

Discovery Sport became a family and have sold 1.7 million vehicles globally. A specially developed

Discovery was recently commissioned as Red Cross’s new emergency mobile command centre to work with disaster response teams to help save lives. The Anniversary Edition

Discovery is priced at £59,995. 66 CHAMBERLINK March 2019

‘Factory-in-a-box’ will demonstrate growth

Experts at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) have developed an innovative demonstrator to show businesses how they can grow through the adoption of smart manufacturing technologies and processes. Developed by the MTC working alongside the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University and a team of industrial partners, the ‘Factory-in-a-Box’ is an industrial scale demonstrator, showcasing how advanced industrial digital technologies can benefit manufacturers and their supply chains. The ‘Factory-in-a-Box’

demonstrator – which is part of the £60m Innovate UK-funded Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) programme – is to be formally

‘A rapid route to market for manufacturing innovations’

launched at the MTC this month. It demonstrates a number of industrial digital technologies that can help manufacturers speed up their route to market and take advantage of new business models. The launch event’s audience will

include industry thought-leaders, academia and the MTC’s ‘smart manufacturing accelerator’ team, which delivers integrated manufacturing and supply chain improvements based on industrial digital technologies. Robin Thatcher, chief engineer at the MTC, said: “A ‘Factory-in-a-Box’

is a rapidly deployable, remotely- managed, modular manufacturing supply chain network enabled by the latest digital technologies. “As well as demonstrating those

technologies, it can be a solution in its own right, providing a rapid route to market for manufacturing innovations. “Our ‘smart manufacturing

accelerator’ technologists can assess manufacturing businesses and their supply chains to plan, design and implement innovative manufacturing solutions. “Attendees at the launch event will

see live demonstrations of the ‘Factory-in-a-Box’ and judge if it is right for them. They can also take part in interactive workshops, and listen to high level presentations from advanced manufacturing experts.”

Fracino wins restaurant contract

Coffee machine maker Fracino has clinched a contract to supply traditional espresso machines to Pizza Express, which operates 478 restaurants in the UK and Ireland. The commission follows a

successful trial of a ‘Contempo’ machine at a restaurant in Kent’s Bluewater shopping complex along with a ‘Romano’ at a venue on London’s Southbank. Peter Atmore, Fracino’s global

head of sales, said: “We were delighted to be approached and commissioned by Pizza Express, a high-profile and highly respected brand. We look forward to a long- lasting partnership.” Assia El Kamli, senior purchasing manager at Pizza Express, said: “Fracino has developed a strong reputation as a multi-award winning manufacturer whose quality machines are installed in the UK and overseas.

Pizza Express-o: Peter Atmore (right) with two Pizza Express staff members “We’re delighted with the

positive feedback we have received from our restaurants to date.” Fracino operates one of the world’s most advanced espresso

equipment manufacturing facilities. The majority of components are fabricated in-house and the business exports to over 70 countries.

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