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anufacturing order books weakened in the three

months to March, but remained well above their long-run average, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey. According to the survey of 381

manufacturers, export order books remained unchanged and above the long-run average. Output continued to grow robustly in the three months to March, but at a slower pace than in the three months to February. Output growth was broad-based,

increasing in 14 out of 17 manufacturing sub-sectors. Growth was predominantly driven by Motor Vehicle and Transport Equipment, Chemicals and Electronic Engineering. Respondents anticipate

that output growth will slow further over the next three months, matching the pace seen in November and December 2017. Expectations for output price

inflation continue to weaken, but remain above the historical average. Meanwhile, stocks were considered to be above adequate levels, moving above the long-run average for the first time since September 2016. Looking ahead, strong global

demand and the lower pound will continue to underpin demand for the manufacturing sector. But we expect consumer-facing companies and retailers to continue to struggle while household incomes remain under pressure from higher inflation. Across the economy more broadly,

we expect growth to remain subdued over the coming quarters, in line with 2017 performance – for more detail, see our December economic forecast. Anna Leach, CBI head of economic

intelligence, said: “Robust global growth and the low pound have gifted UK manufacturers a strong first quarter in 2018. Although total order books and output growth slipped relative to February, demand and output growth remain well ahead of long-run averages. “Confidence among manufacturers

will have been given an additional boost by the agreement of a transition deal, giving them the confidence to continue investing and planning for growth. Other hurdles on the Brexit path need to be cleared

in the same spirit – this includes a speedy agreement of a mutually beneficial trade deal for both the UK and the EU, with a customs union one of the options on the table.” Tom Crotty, group director of

Ineos and chair of the CBI Manufacturing Council, said: “A buoyant global economy and the low pound continue to work their magic on demand for UK manufactured goods. But while the agreement of a transition deal [with the EU] is welcome, the sector is still in limbo. Swift progress is needed on a deal which preserves barrier-free access to the EU market, and allows manufacturers to access the people and skills that they need from the continent.”

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ABB has expanded its global network of Collaborative Operations Centers to broaden its digital reach and expand its portfolio of digital services. The new center is located at ABB's German headquarters in Mannheim and went into operation in April 2018.

Sentryo, a leader in cyber security for the Industrial Internet, has announced a worldwide distribution agreement with Siemens AG. Under this agreement Siemens AG will offer Sentryo ICS CyberVision, the leading- edge asset discovery and anomaly detection solution, as part of its industrial cybersecurity product & service portfolio.

Boulting has appointed seven new apprentices across the business as it continues to bridge the skills gap in the industry. The multi-disciplined engineering solutions provider operates across a diverse range of industry sectors, both in the UK and internationally. The new apprentices have taken up positions in electrical installation, mechanical installation and the business’ panel shop in Penketh, Warrington.

To celebrate the sale of 25,000 cobots worldwide, Universal Robots is giving away a Gold Edition cobot, shipped free of cost, to the lucky customer who orders the 25,000th cobot. With its joints painted in a rich, gold-coloured finish, this Gold Edition cobot is a refreshing take on Universal Robots’s iconic blue and grey cobots. 4 APRIL 2018 | FACTORY EQUIPMENT


lobal engineering technologies company Renishaw officially

launched its Fabrication Development Centre (FDC) on 28 March 2018 at the company’s Miskin facility in South Wales. On the day, Renishaw also

launched its education partnership with Bloodhound SSC. To celebrate this, Andy Green OBE, current holder of the World Land Speed Record and Bloodhound SSC driver, was present to open the facility. The FDC is a unique educational

resource for hands-on learning. It aims to inspire young people and to encourage a pipeline of talent into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers. Schools or groups of young people can use the facility for free for lessons or workshops. The FDC contains two classrooms, staffed by a qualified teacher and Renishaw’s STEM ambassadors. It is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including 3D printers.

“With companies already

struggling to recruit skilled candidates, it is important to get more young people interested in STEM subjects at GCSE and A- Level,” explained Simon Biggs, education outreach officer at Renishaw. “Creating engaging educational experiences for pupils at a young age can be essential to their selection of the subject at degree or apprenticeship level. “The FDC not only gives pupils a chance to escape the classroom, but it also enables them to grasp the link between the school curriculum and industry. They can take part in motivating workshops that

complement the exam specification and give them a better understanding of the career opportunities available to them in the future.” Large numbers of young people

have already experienced success from using the facility, including students at Radyr Comprehensive. After using the FDC for just a few months, the school noticed increased motivation among the pupils. Radyr Comprehensive School now plans to extend its use of the facility across the three years of its GCSE programme to increase the interest and uptake of design subjects. Schools in the Bristol,

Gloucestershire and South Wales areas can access an online booking form from the education outreach section of Renishaw’s website. Here, schools, pupils and teachers can also find more information on Renishaw’s work with young people and engineering careers advice. outreach--34713


he leadership team of the Atlas Copco Power Technique business area has presented a strategic

vision outlining how ‘mega-trends’, such as digitalisation and the construction of smart cities, will be powered by cleaner and more connected energy source technologies. Under the theme ‘Powering the Future’, Atlas Copco has revealed how its latest advances in air, power and flow technologies, such as portable compressed air machinery, electrical generators, dewatering pumps and

light towers, have been designed to reduce both carbon and noise emissions, providing end users with more efficient operation and lower cost of ownership. Atlas Copco says these advances will allow

professionals working across multiple industry sectors, from construction to manufacturing, equipment rental, utilities, oil and gas, demolition and above-ground mining, to make the most of opportunities presented by mega-trends, while overcoming forthcoming legislation such as new emission regulation changes.


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