A new light controlling product that promises to save energy and cut costs is being made in the North East after the inventor chose to manufacture locally.
Small manufacturers in the East Midlands are set to make the most of a strengthening UK economy by focusing on domestic markets for their future growth it was revealed today. More than two thirds (68%) of companies questioned in the latest Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Barometer feel that increasing sales at home offered them the best chance to expand.
More than 300 small manufacturers are set to benefit from specialist support to access the UK’s rapidly developing £60bn civil nuclear new build programme and significant opportunities in decommissioning.
Innovate UK, the new name for the Technology Strategy Board and the Ministry of Defence, through the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), are to invest up to £5m in collaborative R&D projects to stimulate the development of marine and maritime autonomous systems.
An Essex manufacturer is targeting a £10m jump in turnover after launching a new solution for the rail sector. Dura Composites, which employs 35 people at its Clacton-on-Sea premises, has used its expertise in composite production to come up with a fibreglass station platform that allows railway stations to remain operational whilst addressing potentially dangerous stepping distances.
A £1m investment into a new glass toughening plant is set to help a Norwich manufacturer target £3m in sales – for the first time in its 44-year history. Seaglaze, which produces specialist windows, door and hatches for the marine industry, took the bold decision to ‘reshore’ production after experiencing delays and shortages caused by international suppliers.