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The Engineering Employers' Federation (EEF) calls on government to maintain support for catapult centres. 19 December 2014
Global plastics, chemicals and refining firm appoints Bhavesh "Bob" Patel as new chief executive.

  19 December 2014

National photography competition shines light on the creativity and diversity of UK manufacturing 17 December 2014
Chemicals giant BASF and industrial minerals producer Omya have teamed up to find sustainable solutions for paper and cardboard packaging.

The two firms are working jointly on coater-ready barrier solutions for paper and cardboard packaging. 15 December 2014

The plastic products deficit grew more than 8% to $6.2bn (£3.9bn), as the US economy improved more than economies in other parts of the world, SPI officials explained. The US plastics machinery market saw its 2013 deficit grow almost 43% to $1.3bn (£0.8bn) because of weak overseas markets.
 
12 December 2014
Investment in the UK is reaping dividends for the international robotics specialist  12 December 2014
The adoption of robotics by the UK plastics industry has seen a sharp increase over the past three years. PRW looks at the reasons behind this trend 12 December 2014
The Bangor-based moulder has selected Sumitomo Systec machines to help it meet the increase in demand for its products 12 December 2014
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is to make a collaborative investment with the UK government and Welsh Assembly of more than £100m in research, development and training. 28 November 2014
Business investment in the UK fell unexpectedly in the third quarter of the year while consumer spending remained strong, according to latest figures. 27 November 2014
The British Safety Council has announced the winners of the 35th Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards for excellent health, safety and environmental management.  13 October 2014
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has increased its economic growth rate forecast for 2014 and 2015, but has cut its forecast for export growth. In a revision of its previous forecast in May, it has upgraded its GDP growth forecast in 2014 from 3.1% to 3.2% – the highest growth rate since 2007 – and in 2015 from 2.7% to 2.8%. 29 August 2014
A German company is setting up a plastics chrome plating plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US. Bolta Werke said the facility will be its first in the United States for the Leinburg, Germany, firm. 29 August 2014
Staff at Lincolnshire based technical recycling and compounder Luxus have achieved a £30,000 labour savings thanks to a project which they proposed as part of their NVQ level 2 studies. 27 August 2014
Manufacturing pay is outstripping the rest of the economy with the average pay settlement in the six months from February to July reaching a healthy 2.6%. 26 August 2014


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