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A happy workforce is the most important criteria of business success for just under a fifth of small and medium sized firms in the manufacturing sector, according to the latest research from Close Brothers Asset Finance. The Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey of UK SME owners and senior

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Predictive analytics provider Warwick Analytics has partnered with GELRAD, a leading provider of business improvement and Lean Six Sigma consulting services. The partnership will add enhanced analytical capability to the typical data-intensive processes in Lean Six Sigma projects. The integrated approach will rapidly resolve problems in manufacturing, pharmaceutical, oil and

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Virgin Media Business, the arm of Virgin Media that provides products and services to UK businesses, has released a major research report (The UK’s £92 billion Digital Opportunity) from Oxford Economics that outlines the huge potential of digital technologies to boost manufacturing companies. The report was compiled by Oxford Economics,

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Tata Technologies has announced plans to move into a new office in Brasov, Romania. The new office will grow Tata Technologies’ operations in Romania by over 50 per cent. The structure of the building has been finished and the exterior is expected to be completed by November. It is anticipated

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A hard-hitting new report has highlighted critical maintenance failings that risk the long-term health and productivity of British manufacturing. The report, ‘What You Don’t Repair You Destroy’, catalogues a series of problems affecting manufacturing maintenance practices that threaten productivity, efficiency and competiveness. Published in conjunction with the Institute of Engineering

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Siemens is to supply the world’s biggest gearless conveyor drive system to the Cuajone Mine in Peru, which is operated by the Mexican mining company Southern Copper Corporation (SCC). The modernisation project will entail the installation of a new gyratory crushing and conveyor system by 2016. In mid-2014, Siemens was

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Voith Industrial Services is to open the UK’s most technically advanced wheels and tyres assembly plant in Coventry next year. The new multi-million pounds facility in Torrington Avenue is being developed to meet the growing demand from premium and luxury car brands, such as Jaguar and Land Rover, as well

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As winter approaches, people who spend time working outdoors should be prepared to face freezing temperatures, heavy rain and strong winds. Being exposed to such weather conditions can become a threat to people’s health, both mentally and physically. Following Arco’s introduction to the benefits of a weatherwear layering system, the

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Plans have been unveiled for UK’s first multimodal logistics training centre, called Modal Training Limited. The new £7 million centre of excellence for the ports, energy and logistics sectors is being jointly funded by the Grimsby Institute and the Humber LEP. It will be located in a 5,696 m2 fit

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Leading filter manufacturer, Croft Filters, has teamed up with Czech Republic-based metal experts, Technotron-Metal, to bring a new realm of innovation to the UK. The partnership will allow Croft to utilise Technotron’s range of expanded metals to offer its customers cost-effective, high quality solutions, while also significantly reducing the amount

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