Aerospace stars celebrated at awards

Stars of the southwest aerospace and defence sector were celebrated last week at the second WEAF Aerospace Ambassadors Awards under the wings of Concorde at Aerospace Bristol.

Organised by the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF), the annual awards focus on the cream of the industry and shine a spotlight on their outstanding achievements.
Backed by headline sponsors Safran and SKF Aerospace, the awards attracted scores of entries.
The southwest has one of the largest concentrations of aerospace and defence capabilities in Europe, and is the largest aerospace cluster in the UK, worth more than £7bn per annum. Individual award sponsors include Airbus, Castlemead Insurance, Bridgwater & Taunton College, Trowers and Hamlins LLP and Aro PR and Marketing.
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Chester and Blum on show

Keen to build an association with local manufacturing companies and support British business, Chester Machine Tools and Blum Novotest joined forces at the recent Manufacturing & Engineering show, North East.

Drawing the attention of visitors, Chester Machine Tools performed live machining demonstrations on its V6L CNC machining centre, which at the show featured a Blum ZXSpeed universal 3D probe for tool setting and breakage monitoring.
The Chester VL6 offers a simple entry to CNC machining and is suited to education and training environments, tool-room workshops, mould making and R&D departments. Importantly, the cast-iron construction of the machine is tempered for stress relief to promote structural stability, while C3-class ballscrews enhance accuracy and durability. The machine houses a 10,000 rpm spindle and can be supplied with a Siemens or Fanuc control.
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New MD named at Guhring Ltd

Guhring Ltd has appointed Chris Weston as its new managing director with effect from 1 July 2018.

The appointment will see the replacement of Mike Dinsdale, the outgoing managing director, who is set to retire at the end of 2018 after 40 years’ service. Weston will call upon his 19 years of Guhring employment to further develop and grow the company. Since joining Guhring, he has been involved in all aspects of the business, including sales, project engineering, production management and, more recently, as general manager. The company has also announced the opening of a new in-house training academy, which includes capacity for customer trials and demonstrations.
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CAMplete and WD Hearn sign deal

WD Hearn has partnered with CAMplete Solutions to supply its software across South Africa.

The deal will help WD Hearn provide its customers with a solution that complements the company’s existing machine tool options. CAMplete TruePath is a fully integrated suite of tools designed to take users from their CAM system to their five-axis machine, quickly and safely.
“We are excited to partner with WD Hearn to expand our presence within South Africa,” states Jeff Fritsch, VP sales and marketing at CAMplete. “WD Hearn’s experienced technical support and sales staff makes them an ideal partner to provide CAMplete TruePath within the country. This partnership leverages our existing relationship with Kitamura to provide WD Hearn customers with an integrated and comprehensive solution.”
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