In the figures
Manufacturers’ output volumes growth slowed following a robust showing in the previous month, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey in September. The survey, of 409 firms, revealed that output growth slowed in the three months to September, but remained above the long-term average. Output expanded in ten out of 17 sub-sectors, with growth driven predominantly by the mechanical engineering, food, drink & tobacco, plastic products, and metal products sectors. Manufacturers expect output growth to pick up over the next three months. Anna Leach, CBI Head of Economic Intelligence, said: “Brexit uncertainty continues to cloud the outlook. Heightened fears of a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario have prompted some firms to move publicly from contingency planning to action.”

Built in Wales
Fluor Corporation has successfully completed the construction of a high-performance adhesives manufacturing facility for Solvay in Wrexham, Wales. The plant was officially opened on 21st September by Carmelo Lo Faro, president of Solvay’s Composite Materials Global Business Unit.

Fluor performed engineering, procurement and construction management for the new facility. It was completed on a compressed schedule to meet the needs of Solvay. Solvay is a global supplier of carbon fiber, advanced composite materials, structural adhesives and surfacing films.

Flying high
Arconic has officially opened its expanded aluminium and titanium aerospace parts facility in Bestwig, Germany. “We have significantly invested in Arconic Bestwig’s capabilities, almost doubling our titanium parts production capacity, and have added state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment as part of our efforts to better serve our customers,” said Jeremy Halford, President Arconic Engineered Structures. “Combined with our previous investments in Bestwig, this latest expansion is providing additional capacity to deliver even more of the titanium components our customers need to build aircraft at high volumes.”

The expansion is enabling increased production of large titanium structural castings up to 1.5 meters in diameter for leading commercial aircraft platforms. The expanded facility employs the latest in advanced manufacturing equipment for more efficient production.