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21/11/18
There has long been concern in the engineering sector that we don’t have enough people entering the profession, and it’s a problem that many believe will only get worse as we move towards Brexit.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers revealed that nearly half of engineers believe Brexit will widen the skills gap.

What’s more, 73 per cent feel the government needs to do more to clarify the effects of leaving the EU on the engineering sector.

Engineering UK figures previously put the shortfall at 69,000 engineers, but there are now concerns that this figure could be even higher if it becomes more difficult to recruit from the EU.

The engineers surveyed were also asked about what challenges they feel their industry can help solve in the coming 10 years. 78 per cent stated renewable alternatives to plastic, while two-thirds stated that work on urban infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions would come to fruition in this time.

Helping alleviate the global water crisis and food shortages were other areas cited where engineering could play a pivotal role.

Tanya Spencer, who organised the recent Institution of Engineering & Technology’s Achievement and Innovation Awards, commented: “In a challenging climate, our engineering workforce is doing all they can to continue to progress and build new innovations and solutions to today’s major issues.”

The skills crisis may mean more firms seek specialist engineering assistance, such as with the likes of electron beam welding.

One area the UK is aiming to be at the forefront of is electric aircraft. Last month Heathrow Airport offered to give the first electric-hybrid aircraft to operate out of the transport hub free landing fees for a year.
29/10/18
There could still be considerable oil and gas reserves on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) a new study has suggested.

Researchers at Aberdeen University estimate that a further 17 billion barrels of oil and gas could be recovered from the area, bringing up to £330 billion in investment, Herald Scotland reported.

The aim of the study was to determine whether it was realistic for the the Oil and Gas Authority to expect that a further 14.9 billion barrels of the fuels could be recovered from the UKCS by 2025.

Authors of the study professor Alex Kemp and Linda Stephen commented that the remaining potential of the UKCS is “very substantial”. They also described the ambitious targets set by the regulator in its Vision 2035 plan as achievable.

By their estimation, a further 529 fields could be developed on the UKCS in the coming 30 years, which could deliver 17 billion barrels of oil equivalent reserves.

However, they noted that there are some conditions to this being achieved. “Important caveats are that the benefits of the painfully achieved cost reductions and the productivity gains from enhanced production efficiency have to be maintained,” the report stated.

Earlier this month, Shell announced that it would be investing in the Arran field and furthering its development there.

The Oil and Gas Authority’s chief executive Dr Andy Samuel praised the company and its partners for “showing real adaptability and tenacity to drive this project forward to what is Shell’s fourth field development approval this year”.

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23/10/18
Heathrow Airport has taken a bold step towards backing the use of electric-hybrid aircraft. The airport announced that the first electric-hybrid aircraft will be given one year of free landing charges at Heathrow if it is put into regular service at the transport hub.

That equates to almost £1 million, a significant cost saving and one that the airport is hoping will incentivise operators to focus on clean growth, and use their cleanest and quietest aircraft at Heathrow.

Speaking at a BusinessGreen Leaders Summit John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow chief executive, said that this is just the next logical step in the airport’s quest to promote sustainable aviation.

“We championed carbon neutral growth in global aviation, which will come into effect in 2020. The next frontier is zero carbon flying, and I hope this prize will help to make it a reality at Heathrow by 2030,” he asserted.

Many within the industry have welcomed the announcement, with Airbus chief technology officer Grazia Vittadini and easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren among those to support the initiative.

Liz Sugg, aviation minister, added that the government is exploring other ways in which to support the development of “cleaner, greener technology in the sector”.

Although Heathrow Airport’s announcement is making headlines, one small airline in Scotland appears to be ahead of the game where the introduction of electric aircraft is concerned.

The Press and Journal recently reported that Loganair, a Scottish regional airline, intends to start using electric planes on its services between the Orkney Islands by 2021.

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01/10/18
Although there is much talk of the maturity of oil and gas operations in the North Sea, the area West of Shetland offers a multitude of exploration opportunities.

Proactive Investors noted that this region is still considered a frontier area as far as oil and gas exploration goes, noting that recent discoveries have put it back at the front of people’s minds when it comes to further developing the UK’s oil and gas resources.

The news provider pointed to the recent announcement by Total SA, SSE PLC and INEOS that they had made a major new gas discovery in the area. It’s expected to contain 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, with Total explaining that existing infrastructure nearby would allow them to access it quickly and at a relatively low cost.

West of Shetland is on the UK continental shelf (UKCS), rather than in the North Sea. It’s in an area with more challenging conditions, which is why it’s comparatively unexplored.

Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil and Gas UK, said that the discovery by Total highlights the “exciting potential” of the area.

“As our Economic Report recently highlighted, an increase in drilling activity is key to unlocking the remaining potential of the UKCS,” Ms Michie added.

There were already indications that the big petroleum companies were increasing their activity in the West of Shetland. The Herald Scotland reported in January that exploration well numbers in the region were expected to grow in the coming year.

For example, Wood Mackenzie predicted that five wells would be drilled in West of Shetland in 2018, which would be the highest number in a single year since 2014, the newspaper revealed.

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26/09/18
Medical students will soon be learning how to operate surgical robots, virtual reality headsets and interactive anatomy stations when they undergo healthcare training.

This is because they will all feature at the Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation (DIHS) at the University of Dundee’s School of Medicine.

The facility opened today (September 20th) at Ninewells Hospital, having been developed by the university together with NHS Tayside and industry partners Medtronic.

Doctors will be able to learn both surgical and clinical training at the single-site facility, as well as keep up to date with the latest medical technology with the help of electron beam welding, transforming the lives of patients.

Chief medical officer for Scotland Dr Catherine Calderwood said: “This exciting development provides a safe environment for healthcare professionals to learn and rehearse both technical and non-technical healthcare skills, which will ultimately lead to better outcomes for patients.”

She added that the new centre “has the potential to make a significant impact locally, nationally and internationally”.

Co-director of the DIHS Dr Neil Harrison added that the centre will help Scotland maintain its position as “one of the world’s top providers of medical education”.

Technology is growing increasingly important in medical care, and health secretary Matt Hancock recently told BBC’s Newsbeat the NHS needs more apps to improve its communication with patients, make the service more convenient for the public and to make “doctors’ and nurses’ lives … easier”.
30/08/18
This month – on August 18th, in fact – noble gas helium celebrated its 150th birthday, initially discovered back in 1868 by French scientist Jules Janssen. He was looking at the sun’s atmosphere during a solar eclipse using an instrument that separated the light into a spectrum, later realising that he could observe this even without an eclipse – eventually spotting a yellow line in the resulting data.

Moving on from this a few months later, English scientist Norman Lockyer also spotted this yellow line, suggesting that it was in fact evidence of a new element… which was later christened helium.

According to Inside Science, it took a further 27 years before helium was found inside a mineral called cleveite, this time by chemists William Ramsay, Per Teodor Cleve and Nils Abraham Langlet.

At the turn of the century, helium was liquified for the first time ever, thanks to one Heike Kamerlingh Onnes. Liquid helium is very clever because it can be used to cool everything from new materials to superconducting magnets in MRI machines. This is apparently the biggest single use of helium today, making up approximately a quarter of all production.

Are we running out of helium?


Unfortunately, supplies of helium have been running short (which is why calls have been issued in the past to ban it for use in balloons and other non-essential pursuits), but a few years ago a huge source of helium gas was discovered in the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania.

According to New Scientist, the reserve was so big that it could fill around 600,000 Olympic swimming pools!
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23/08/18
Electron beam services have been used for a wide variety of applications over the years, but they haven’t yet been used on fruit.

That could be set to change as electron beams could be used to ensure that insects don’t make it to your fruit bowl along with your fruit.

We have all heard horror stories about people finding poisonous spiders on their bananas, but this arachnophobes nightmare could be prevented if electron beams were used to get rid of insects on imported fruit.

Ensuring that there are no insects on fruit is an important regulatory step for many sellers, but one that can prove costly. This is set to change as a researcher has discovered a way to target the DNA of insects, break it up and kill them, without affecting the fruit itself, as this has different DNA.

This technique also has the added benefit of being more ’natural’ as it doesn’t involve the use of various chemicals and additives in order to kill any insects that may be on the fruit.

The presence of insects on fruit is not only a problem for people with a hatred of creepy crawlies but it can also pose a threat to the ecosystem as invasive species can cause issues for native species. This is as they can present new challenges to native species that they cannot adapt rapidly enough to.

This is why many counties have strict bans on the import of unregulated live matter, be it plant or animal.
21/08/18
Those with shares in the oil industry have seen their assets plunge in value this week, as a result of huge stockpiles of the fluid in the USA.

Last week, the Energy Information Administration revealed that American crude inventories unexpectedly reported 6.81 million additional oil barrels last week – news that has hit the overall market hard.

Following this, light, sweet crude oil for September delivery came in three per cent lower yesterday (August 15th) at the New York Mercantile Exchange. This took it to the lowest level since June 6th, finishing at $65.01 (£51.17), which is significantly lower than last month’s figure of $74.

Similarly, brent crude dropped by 2.3 per cent to $70.76 per barrel, a decline of $1.70 on the ICE Futures Europe exchange.

Phil Flynn, senior market analyst for Price Futures Group, was quoted by Bloomberg as saying: “The headline number along with the negativity in the overall market was taken as a very bearish number. We’re reacting to the shock value of the big build.”

In addition to this, investors have become concerned about a trade war between America and China, as well as financial problems in Turkey, as the value of its currency falls.

Its lira has dropped 40 per cent against the US dollar recently, which could end up having an impact worldwide. Not only has Indian currency fallen to 70 rupees to $1 following this, but the peso in Argentina and the rand from South Africa have also declined in value, TheWeek.co.uk reported.

The Turkish crisis could also have a ripple effect on oil prices, with many investors fearing there could be a contagion among emerging markets.

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31/07/18
The application of electron beam welding in producing medical technology could be completely different in years to come, as tech is poised and ready to really revolutionise the healthcare sector. From robotics with the ability to perform the most precise surgeries to quick diagnostic systems, the future of medicine is an exciting space for technology.

However, the future of medical care may also involve more apps, if incoming health secretary Matt Hancock has anything to do with it. Taking over from Jeremy Hunt just this month, he told BBC’s Newsbeat that there was ‘loads to do’ when it came to the NHS adopting new technology such as apps.

Matt Hancock launched his own app in his previous role as an MP and Culture Secretary, so that he could better communicate with his constituents, however, it came under fire for some privacy flaws. He described getting the government to engage with new digital technology as a personal passion.

His comments also were not well received by opposition politicians and frontline NHS staff, who criticised funding issues which meant that current technology, such as computer desktops, don’t work properly and need upgrading.

Labour critics said that proper funding needs to be in place to make new technology, such as apps, fair and accessible by everyone: "The Conservative government has made big cuts to some NHS budgets like capital funding, which has meant the NHS just hasn't been able to take advantage of new technologies."

Matt Hancock was speaking at the launch of a new scheme looking to place hundreds of newly trained mental health staff around schools and colleges in the UK.
17/07/18
Sutherland, on the north coast of Scotland, is set to be the site for the UK’s first spaceport. The project was announced by the UK Space Agency, which is committing £2.5 million of funding towards the development of a vertical launch pad here.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise is leading the project and the aim is to have the first launches from the location as early as the 2020s, the BBC reported.

The government agency is also looking into potential sites for a horizontal launch pad, with Cornwall, Glasgow Prestwick and Snowdonia the locations aiming to develop such facilities. A further grant of £2 million was also announced to further horizontal spaceport development across Britain.

Greg Clark, business secretary, commented: “The UK’s thriving space industry, research community and aerospace supply chain put the UK in a leading position to develop both vertical and horizontal launch sites.”

Secretary of state for Scotland David Mundell added that this project in Sutherland will create hundreds of jobs and boost the region’s economy.

The BBC noted that American aerospace firm Lockheed Martin will be part of a consortium of aerospace experts working closely with Highlands and Islands Enterprise on the project.

According to the news provider, one of the reasons why this development is possible in the UK is because a number of firms in the country have pioneered the launch of small satellites.

Having a spaceport is a big step that would put these businesses at the forefront of the industry because they would be able to offer a full package of services, from the design and build of a satellite to its launch.

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18/06/18
It’s no secret that sending satellites into orbit is a costly process. What’s more, the size of the rocket required to launch a small satellite is often considerably larger than the payload itself, making the process costly and inefficient.

There’s also a growing awareness of the rising levels of space debris as a result of hundreds of rocket launches from Earth over the years, but now new technology is being developed that could help limit this problem.

A team at the University of Glasgow is working with researchers at Oles Honchar Dnipro National University in Ukraine to develop so-called ‘self-eating’ rockets for the launch of small satellites.

The idea behind the technology being developed is that the engine used to launch the satellite would effectively consume itself, rather than needing to carry extra fuel. The other advantage to using an autophage engine such as this is that it would free up more space for cargo, as well as reducing the debris being sent into orbit.

Dr Patrick Harkness, senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow’s school of engineering and leader of the university’s contribution to the project, explained that there is still a lot of work to do before it can be put into practice though.

“While we’re still at an early stage of development, we have an effective engine testbed in the laboratory in Dnipro, and we are working with our colleagues to improve it still further,” he said. Currently, rocket operations have been sustained for 60 seconds with this new engine in the laboratory.

A recent post for Satellite Pro ME cited statistics that indicate there are currently 29,000 useless objects greater than 10cm in volume that are drifting in the Earth’s orbit, adding that these pose a risk to operational satellites as well as spacecraft such as the International Space Station.

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18/05/18
UPS, the international package delivery giant, has announced its intention to supply 35 state-of-the-art electric delivery vehicles to its logistics bases in London and Paris, for primary tests by the end of this year. The "delivery vans of the future" sport the iconic brown paint job of UPS along with fluid structural lines and an engine which is 100% motorised by an electric power source.

This ultra-light weight models were designed by the British company Arrival - specialists in the manufacturing of electric light commercial vehicles (E-LCVs). All vehicles will have advanced driving aids, (systems developed to automate, adapt and enhance vehicle systems for safety and better driving), have a capability of travelling 150 miles, and include "hyper-connected cockpits" to make life easier for delivery drivers.

UPS intends for 25% of all new vehicles purchased by 2025 to be exclusively non-fossil powered, i.e. diesel or petrol engines; rather, choosing to invest in hybrid electric, hydro-hybrid, ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane powered LCVs. The company already has a fleet of 9000 vehicles, across its international markets, operating on "alternative fuels". The company is also committed to achieving commendable green energy targets of 25% of its energy mix to come from renewable energy sources by 2025.

Electron Beam Services are proud to be part of the manufacturing sector at this point in time, as many of our clients in the automotive and general engineering industries​ are going through similar phases of technological development. Our company has equally been dedicated to staying at the cutting-edge of manufacturing techniques and standards. In keeping with this commitment, EBS have been ISO approved since 1994 and have recently attained approval to AS9100 rev D.

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15/05/18
Touchstone Exploration has recently published its latest operational and drilling update, showing that production increased by 21 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period a year earlier.

This meant that the organisation was producing an average of 1,543 barrels per day between January and March this year, while in April this year average production hit 1,669 barrels per day.

New wells in Trinidad and Tobago have helped the organisation boost its production, with the first five wells of its 2018 program drilled and cased so far. Of these, two have been completed and are currently producing oil.

Two wells have been drilled in the Forest Reserve WD-8 block, while a further two were also drilled in the company’s Coora 2 Block.

It added that it is also preparing two locations in the Coora 1 Block for drilling in the coming weeks, with the two new wells situated in follow-up locations for its successful CO-368 and CO-369 wells which were drilled last year.

President and chief executive officer at Touchstone Paul Baay commented: “We are excited to see the stabilised production results from these wells as we accelerate to our target of 2,000 barrels per day.”

Earlier this month, Energy Voice reported that the energy industry is planning to drill 16 high-impact wells in the UK and Norway this year, with the aim of producing 3.7 million barrels of oil equivalent from these sources.

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27/04/18
Electron beam services are crucial to anyone working in the electronics sector, and electronics companies don’t come any bigger than Apple.

Apple recently decided to get behind the UK’s year of engineering by revealing its elite team of UK engineers, and introducing them to a group of school children.

The group of engineers has until now been kept relatively secret, as the organisation is renowned for not being transparent about the projects it is working on, or has plans to work on.

"Engineering touches every part of our lives and during the UK’s Year of Engineering we’re also delighted to be supporting efforts to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers,” Johny Srouji, Apple's senior vice president for hardware technologies told The Independent newspaper.

Much of Apple’s previous move into education have included the roll out of educational software to help children and adults learn to code programmes using cartoons, but it has done little with regards to engineering in the past.

The Government’s year of engineering is a campaign to promote engineering as part of the Government’s wider industrial strategy. It aims to improve awareness of engineering in schools and workplaces, and encourage people to consider engineering as a potential career path, as well as encouraging existing engineering businesses to form new partnerships to tackle difficult problems.

Apple is very much part of the year of engineering, but is far from the only one. Many other big names such as Dyson and the Science Museum.
17/04/18
Groupe PSA, the second largest car manufacturer in Europe (of Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands, has recently announced major redevelopment of its British plant based in Luton. The plant will take on the PSA EMP2 manufacturing platform in 2019 to produce the next models of Vauxhall Vivaro vans and Opel utilities.

PSA wants to respond to the growing popularity of its commercial vehicles in Europe. Therefore, after lengthy negotiations, the French multinational has decided to reportedly invest around 100 million Euros (£86 million) in the Luton facility, which sees the current owners Vauxhall join forces with Opel; thus, strengthening the two brands manufacturing and operational capabilities.

"We decided to set up our EMP2 platform in the factory to build utilities for both Opel, Peugeot and Citroën brands, as well as Vauxhall, which has a strong presence in the United Kingdom," said Carlos Tavares, president of the company during a conference call with journalists. "The success of our range of utilities is confirmed month by month in Europe and we want to go further."

In an effort to share development and production costs, car manufacturers have created a web of cross-subsidies in light commercial vehicles (LCVs). PSA also assembles its Expert and Jumpy LCVs at the Toyota plant in Sevelnord (Northern France). Furthermore, in 2014 Toyota replaced Fiat, to work in cooperation with Renault on its Trafic platform in Sandouville (Seine-Maritime). Renault also assembles versions of the Opel Vivaro and Nissan LCVs from this site.

Electron Beam Services (EBS)are proud to provide services to new and existing clients in the automotive and general engineering industries​ as they go through similar operational & technological developments. Our company, which is a short distance from the Vauxhall's Luton facility, is dedicated to maintain its position at the cutting-edge of manufacturing techniques and standards. Having had ISO approval since 1994, and in keeping with this commitment, EBS has recently achieved approval to AS9100 rev D.

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17/04/18
Electron beam welding is about to get easier as scientists have discovered a way to create a particle beam accelerator to do four different tasks at the push of a button.

The terahertz radiation source can accelerate, compress focus and analyse electron beams and has been dubbed the Swiss army knife of electron beam engineering. Terahertz are between microwaves and infrared on the electromagnetic spectrum.

The beam is incredibly precise, just a few millimetres across, and specific timing is a key feature of this invention. A paper revealing the findings was published in Nature Photonics last month.

Named the Segmented Terahertz Electron Accelerator and Manipulator (STEAM) it was developed by developers from the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL).

"To do this, we take an infrared laser pulse and split it up," explains first author Dongfang Zhang from the group of Franz Kärtner at CFEL.

The incredibly precise timing of the model allows the action of the electron beam to be determined by why it hits the electric field.

"For instance, a bunch that hits the negative part of the Terahertz electric field is accelerated," explains Zhang.

"Other parts of the wave lead to focusing or defocusing of the bunch or to a compression by a factor of ten or so."

The technology is still at an experimental stage but we are very excited about the potential applications for this new invention.
27/03/18

With Brexit fast approaching, the UK government has announced a number of initiatives designed to support the country’s industry and technology firms. One of the latest is new funding to help develop next-generation aircraft engines.

Bdaily reported on the £24 million that has been announced under the Industrial Strategy, which will be spent across four research and development (R&D) projects in the coming months.

The aim of these projects is to bring academia and business together to create innovative solutions to engineering problems - in this instance making aircraft engines more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Rolls-Royce will be jointly funding the projects, which comes after its announcement that it intends to invest £150 million in doubling its engine production in the UK.

Greg Clark, business secretary, commented: “These pioneering Rolls-Royce projects will ensure it is the UK that leads the world in developing the next generation of cleaner jet engine technologies.”

He noted that it’s fitting for the country to be at the forefront of this sector given its history in aerospace engineering and the fact that the first turbojet engine was developed here.

The projects are worth a combined £58.3 million, according to the news provider, and their main aim is to design an engine that improves fuel efficiency by 25 per cent.

Despite the focus on developing innovative new aerospace technologies, there are concerns that the sector could face problems following Brexit. Reuters recently highlighted the findings of a committee of lawmakers in the UK, who stated that exiting the EU without a free trade deal could result in £1.5 billion in extra costs for firms in the UK.

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22/03/18

Digital technologies are increasingly becoming integral to an industry's growth and development. The term Industry 4.0 represents the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies; and includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud storage and cognitive computing. Industry 4.0 creates what has been called a "smart factory", whereby companies can model complex operational systems based upon real-time data from equipment and employees to streamline procedures.

Recently, sectors including aerospace, energy, pharmaceutical and automotive have applied the principles of the smart factory to more human orientated procedures - specifically in employee training and development. In a recent interview at the Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin, Prof. Henning Kagermann, President of the National Academy of Science and Engineering explained: "Agile working and “disruptive-creative innovation cycles” have been common practice in the software industry for a long time. In other words, the entire system is challenged every few months and therefore, you need to retrain your developers in new methods to stay at the cutting-edge."

At the Mobile World Congress 2018, Volkswagen Group presented its objective to use virtual reality helmets (VR) on a large scale at its 31 training centers located around the world. Training using VR technology is seen as a key use case for the automotive industry because it is regularly required to reinvent its products and review its production lines. Each workspace changes, creating a huge need for continuous employee development. In addition, the equipment used on a day-to-day basis is generally very expensive and operates at a 24-hours a day, seven days a week schedule; therefore, reserving a section for training is almost impossible.

With virtual reality, training can be done locally, and the factories do not have to stop. The module used by Volkswagen (based on the Innoactive platform) consists of creative tools that allow companies to design their own scenarios according to their needs; opening up a vast array of additional uses - whether it be for teamwork, process evaluation or team training. At the moment Volkswagen Group aims to train at least 10,000 people via VR technology in 2018, focusing on five key brands: Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

Electron Beam Services are proud to be part of the manufacturing sector at this point in time, as many of our clients in aerospace and general engineering industries​ are going through this fantastic phase of technological development. Our company has equally been dedicated to staying at the cutting-edge of manufacturing techniques and standards. In keeping with this commitment, EBS have been ISO approved since 1994 and have recently attained approval to AS9100 rev D.

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19/03/18
The medical technology sector has been given a boost, after it was revealed that Manchester Science Partnerships has been awarded a £18.5 million loan for the development of Citylabs 2.0.

This building will stretch 92,000 sq ft in the heart of Manchester and is a joint venture with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

It follows from Citylabs 1.0 biomedical centre of excellence, and is part of a £60 million investment into the largest clinical campus in Europe.

Tom Renn, managing director of Manchester Science Partnerships, said: “At Citylabs 2.0, we are committed to creating a world-leading hub for biomedical innovation.”

He stated the funding will enable construction work to begin shortly, adding that success of Citylabs 1.0 has shown the requirement for global biomedical and precision medicine companies to develop in Manchester.

“The city region’s £6 billion devolved healthcare budget, its world class universities, skilled talent pool and strong track record of academic, clinical and commercial partnerships has made us a gateway for healthcare professions,” Mr Renn commented.

Evergreen 2 has contributed £12.5 million of the funding supported by the 2014-20 European Regional Development Fund programme, while the balance came from the North West Evergreen Fund.

Citylabs 1.0 currently provides businesses with clinical resources, medical expertise, and collaboration spaces. There is talk of Citylabs 3.0 being developed in the city as well, which will further enhance the north-west as a centre of healthcare innovation.

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19/02/18
Northern Space and Security Limited (NorSS) has announced that it’s planning to expand over the coming 12 months.

Chronicle Live reported on the Northumberland aerospace firm’s fortunes, which are looking up thanks to its specialisms of space awareness and surveillance.

The company is intending to bid for projects with both the UK and European Space agencies this year, as well as other contracts within the defence sector.

Speaking to the news provider, founder of the firm Ralph Dinsley commented: “Expertise in the area of space surveillance and tracking is limited. A growing recognition of the need for space traffic management means NorSS will be able to exploit an emerging concept.”

With increased demand for knowledge and skills in this area, NorSS is hoping to be able to grow its business and the size of its team.

It recently joined a space incubation programme being run by Business Durham in collaboration with the UK Space Agency. The aim of this scheme is to provide specialist businesses like NorSS with access to support across areas like marketing, financial management, business growth and IP protection.

Just over the border, Scotland is carving itself out as the ideal place for space tech businesses, with the Sunday Herald pointing out at the end of 2017 that one in five employees in the UK’s space sector are employed north of the border.

Scotland is particularly well-known within the industry for producing satellites, manufacturing more satellites than any other country in Europe at present.

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19/01/18
British med-tech (medical technology) companies have set their sights on the Middle Eastern marketplace to forge new business relationships and ultimately turn a profit.

Med Tech News reported that the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) revealed that half of UK med-tech businesses are anticipating demand from the Middle East in the coming five years.

These results come as 200 British companies prepare to exhibit at Arab Health, the MENA region's largest healthcare exhibition and a hotbed for new technologies entering the market.

ABHI revealed that 51 per cent of respondents to its survey anticipate a better turnover from business with the Middle East - which is home to major health tourism hubs like Dubai - while the Association's policy group has identified the region as key for growth.

"When we consider the substantial investment into public health from the government of the UAE, and wider Middle East, opportunities for UK companies providing value-based healthcare solutions are significant," said Managing director, International, at ABHI, Paul Benton.

"With so many companies planning to increase their presence in the region, Arab Health is the ideal platform to drive this growth and the UK Pavilion promises to be a hub of activity."

The ABHI is exploring emerging markets to ensure the British med-tech industry stays healthy after the UK leaves the EU.

The organisation's Healthy Outside The EU Strategy was published in April 2017 and encourages the industry to branch out and to be positive and constructive to its approach to business post-Brexit.

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16/01/18
Electron beam services are essential for high precision engineering, and the UK sector just got a boost.

Glasgow-based Walker Precision Engineering has just received a £4million boost in the form of an investment from the Business Growth Fund.

This money will be used to fund an expansion in its machine capacity by developing a new purpose build facility in Basildon, and doubling the capacity at its Poland premises.

The business, which has premises in Glasgow, Basildon and Poland, says that it needs to expand in order to fulfil the recent rise in demand that has been brought about by the growing space market in Scotland. We reported on this last month.

Managing director Mark Walker, who founded the business in 1979 with his brother said: "Now is the right time to bring on board a minority investor.

"BGF's funding will help us pursue new opportunities in the market faster than we would otherwise have been able to do, without losing control of the business."

The company has already been involved in the Galileo global navigation satellite system and is forging close links with the International Space Agency.

BGF is backed by Barclays, HSBC, RBS and Standard Chartered which provide growth capital to small and mid-sized businesses for a minority stake.

Scotland now builds more satellites than any other country, and employs over 7,000 people in the space sector alone.

The space sector is set to grow significantly in coming years, and many are excited about the emerging role Scotland will play in that. Hopefully this latest grant will go some way to cementing its place on the global map.