Software aids expansion

Having recently relocated, King’s Lynn-based Tefloturn Limited has been able to take on more staff and, as a result, more work.

The company is also looking to increase its capacity by adding a 32 mm capacity sliding-head lathe to its portfolio. These investments are being made on the back of existing PSL Datatrack production control software. “The software runs our business, has enabled us to cut down long hours of administration and given us a reliable platform for growth,” says managing director Mick Finney.
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Machining research

Composite drilling and robotic machining were some of the research topics presented by staff from the University of Sheffield’s AMRC at a recent conference on advanced high-performance cutting.

The event was held in Budapest, Hungary, and organised by the CIRP, an international organisation for academic and industrial manufacturing research. Some 150 papers were presented by scientists, researchers and industrial partners from across the globe. The papers will be featured in the journal Procedia CIRP, which will be published online later in 2018.
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Engine assembly plant planned

Cox Powertrain has signed a lease to take over a 28,000 sq ft production facility near Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport.

The building, currently undergoing renovation, will be the assembly plant for the company’s CXO300 diesel engine, which goes into production in the second quarter of 2019. Cox Powertrain currently employs 70 staff and plans to grow its workforce to meet demand for its new diesel outboard engine, aiming to recruit an additional 78 staff before 2020. Work has started to fit out the new premises and Cox Powertrain expects the facility to be operational later this year.
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Collaboration leads to investment

The Welsh Automotive Forum (WAF), which was founded in 2001 to develop a common approach in achieving sustainable continuous improvement for the automotive industry in Wales, recently hosted an annual Autolink conference.

This event proved to be the catalyst for a successful collaboration between the Welsh Government, WAF, automotive manufacturer Caerbont Automotive Instruments and TLM Laser. In turn, this collaboration led to a series of laser-marking trials and the subsequent purchase by Caerbont of a Foba M2000-B laser marking system from TLM Laser.
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Conference backs CBI agenda

Yamazaki Mazak has backed the CBI’s Innovation agenda with the hosting of a special Business Insights Conference.

The conference, held at Mazak’s European Technology Centre in Worcester, was attended by nearly 100 delegates from senior positions across business and industry in the West Midlands. Included at the one-day conference were talks from a host of speakers, including Aon Affinity, Innovation Birmingham, Freeths law firm, LEVC, Kimal PLC and Strategenic.
The conference agenda started with a presentation by Marcus Burton, non-executive director at Yamazaki Mazak, on innovation in manufacturing systems and the new opportunities available through digitalisation: “If UK business is to continue thriving it must harness the power of innovation and, specifically, digitalisation,” he said.
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