ematic has launched an Engineering Design

Apprenticeship programme with a cohort of four students – two starting a four-year course in Mechanical Engineering Design and two in Controls Engineering Design. Under the scheme, arranged in collaboration with Warwick Trident College (part of WCG), successful students will achieve NVQ Level 3 on completion of the four-year course, with an option of adding an HNC during the final two years. Two of the apprentices, Eve Smith

and Tyler Manley, applied for their apprenticeships with Dematic following an open-day for students from North Oxfordshire Academy held at Dematic’s Adderbury offices back in March 2018 – whereas, Keaton Church and Brendan Visagie applied through the Government’s Apprenticeships Portal. After a first year spent in

academic studies at Warwick Trident College, the following three years of the course will be work-based with day-release. Throughout the process the apprentices will gain a rich understanding of the business by

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ore than one third (35 per cent) of manufacturers expect their business to

expand their supply chain over the next five years, with just 13 per cent believing that it will be minimized. The study, conducted by enterprise business solutions provider HSO, also revealed that 85 per cent of manufacturers regard supply chain management as an urgent priority in their business with over three-quarters of respondents (83 per cent) citing end-to-end supply chain visibility as important. Mark Breeden, senior account manager at HSO

commented: “The supply chain is a fundamental part of a manufacturer’s business and it is vital to

have the correct processes in place to ensure proper management and complete end-to-end visibility. Without these, manufacturers are leaving themselves at risk of failing to have the correct supplies to meet demand.” Looking ahead to which technologies will have the greatest impact on transforming the supply chain of the future, electric and autonomous vehicles were revealed to be top of the list, referenced by 18 per cent. This was followed by machine learning (16 per cent), while artificial intelligence was only cited by six per cent. The study also found that managing the

increasing cost of raw materials was viewed as the most important market challenge facing



appy New Year everyone! Welcome to the

December/January issue of Factory Equipment and Materials Handling & Logistics. In our first issue of 2019 you’ll

find the lastest features and opinions on boilers, pumps & valves, smart factories & automation, batteries, generators & back up power, fork lift trucks and much more. As always if you are interested in contributing to our February issue, my contact details can be found on the contents page. Happy reading!

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outhern Manufacturing & Electronics, the UK’s leading annual technology exhibition, returns to

Farnborough from February 5th to 7th 2019. Gathered in the stylish, ultra-modern environment of the recently completed 20,000 m² Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre will be an outstanding range of suppliers, covering everything from component vendors to major global machinery manufacturers. Now moving into its third decade, the show’s

trademark exhibitor list covers such a broad swathe of industrial activity that it holds pretty much universal appeal for the engineering community. Components, production hardware, machinery, OEM parts, advanced manufacturing - it’s all here, and in large quantities. The free seminars at Southern Manufacturing &

Electronics is another strong reason to attend. Running in two lecture features on all three days of the exhibition, the 2019 programme features a notable roster of speakers and subject areas, and is sure to be of interest to anyone engaged in any sort of industrial or manufacturing business. The programme has been

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manufacturing organisations today, according to nearly two thirds (61 per cent) of manufacturers. This was followed by ‘growing customer demands around quality’ (47 per cent) and ‘customers expecting ever faster delivery times’ (43 per cent). “When supply chains expand they become

more complex and, without the latest technology in place, they will become unsustainable. There is likely to be a period of flux in the cost of raw materials over the next year or more with a turbulent economic climate predicted, so manufacturers must think about future-proofing operations” added Breeden.

working across most departments within Dematic Northern Europe’s offices in Adderbury and on customer sites. Darren Smith, technical trainer and NVQ centre manager, heading up the engineering apprenticeship programme at Dematic, says: “The engineering skills shortage is a very real issue today and that is why Dematic is investing in its apprenticeships programme to develop new talent for the future. As an engineer that has come through the apprenticeship route, I can see the many advantages and huge value

in developing home-grown talent. We have developed partnerships with local schools, such as with North Oxfordshire Academy, to tap into local talent at an early age and to offer those young people a tremendous opportunity in an exciting and dynamic industry.” Dematic now has three cohorts of apprentices at different stages. The other two groups are working to complete Maintenance Engineering Apprenticeships, focused on developing the skills needed by resident maintenance engineers.

completely revised for 2019 and features several new topics as result of new partnerships formed with influential industry organisations such as the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, the SMMT and Composites UK amongst others. From large scale 3D printing and advanced engineering to discussions of life after Brexit for manufacturers, the 2019 programme genuinely offers something for everyone and is completely free to all visitors. Farnborough International Conference & Exhibition

Centre offers free car parking for 3,500 vehicles and is well-serviced by road and public transport links. A regular free shuttle bus operates from both of Farnborough’s mainline railway stations directly to the show. The venue itself offers a high standard of facilities including free WiFi service in the foyer area and high quality catering outlets. Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019 opens

from February 5th to 7th. Admission to the show is free. More information and tickets are available from

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