Category Archives: Engineering

MAS Barometer reveals ‘Quality, Cost and Delivery’ is bringing production back home

More than a quarter of respondents (26%) to the Manufacturing Advisory Service’s latest Barometer stated that concerns over the cost of offshore production was the principal reason for reshoring, followed by improving quality (20%) and reducing lead times (18%).

Reducing costs is the main driver for small to medium sized manufacturers looking to bring production back to the UK.

However, the cost of domestic labour continues to remain the biggest barrier for producing within the UK according to manufacturing SMEs, with nearly one in ten also concerned about the availability of the right skills.

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Precision Engineering And The Evolution Of The Automotive Sector

The future of the automotive industry is based on quality research and development, optimised with innovative and cutting-edge precision engineering. Precision engineering has played a vital role in the growth of the global automotive industry. Vehicle manufacturers look to the precision engineering sector for innovative, modern and low-weight components in order to develop more advanced and fuel-efficient products.

1913 saw the development of the moving assembly line by Henry Ford, car production increased from one every 12 hours to one every one and a half hours. It was this revolutionary step in production techniques that started the mass production of vehicles and led to the automotive industry fast becoming one of the most important leading global economies.

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EDM Capacity Available Immediately

Amdale has over 25 years experience in EDM Wire Erosion and we have continuously invested in the latest technology in this area. We currently have immediate available capacity in our EDM department.

How does Wire EDM work?

EDM stands for “Electrical Discharge Machine” whereby an electrical charge is applied to an electrode, a brass wire, copper, sterling, or graphite. The electrode then makes an electrical connection with the steel. A spark jumps from the electrode to the work piece and disintegrates the steel with a controlled electrical charge. This process happens thousands of times per second. The mirror image of the electrode is formed in the work piece.

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The ‘Made in Britain’ Revival

For decades the move to overseas manufacturing was seen as inevitable, the attraction of cheaper foreign-made goods proved too strong and caused manufacturers to shift their production abroad in order to become more cost effective. This has had a devastating impact on domestic manufacturing, which declined from about 30% of national GDP in the late 1970s, to 14% before the recession, to just 11% today.

But British manufacturing may be heading for a genuine revival as more UK companies choose to swap their international suppliers for UK-based ones and move more of their operations back to the UK. Recently we have seen a string of high-profile names publicly profess their conversion to manufacturing in Britain. John Lewis recently announced its aim to increase sales of UK products by at least 15% over the next three years to £550m. Even Tesco has now suggested it is keen to source from British farms, and has started investing in British agriculture to boost its competitiveness. Continue reading

MAS Barometer reveals English manufacturing firms are ready to invest!

English manufacturing SMEs appear determined to meet the industry call for greater investment according to the latest Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Barometer.

Positive Outlook

50% of the 682 companies questioned expect to spend more on new machinery and premises over the next six months, a clear 12% rise on the same period last year. There appears to be a similar appetite for embracing new technologies with 40% of firms indicating they will fund more activity in this area. In further positive news for the sector, 53% of SME manufacturers reported an increase in sales in the first half of the year, with an all time National Barometer high of 67% predicting further growth over the next six months.

Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said “These findings are the latest indication that the economy is starting to head in the right direction, as we move from rescue to recovery. It is particularly encouraging to see that confidence is returning and manufacturers are becoming more optimistic about their future growth”.

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