KJN acquisition strengthens Rubix UK portfolio

As part of its network development strategy, Rubix continues to extend its engineering, motion control and automation services offer in the UK with the acquisition of KJN Automation. KJN’s workshop in Leicester is a one-stop shop for customers requiring aluminium profile solutions. The company is renowned for supplying high-quality aluminium profiles and components, and for its expertise in precision engineering. Value-added services include turning, milling, grinding, spark eroding, sawing, fabrication and welding, as well as bespoke CNC machining and CAD design services.

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BWM Group is looking for passionate and ambitious apprentices to help ensure high standards across its brands. This year sees 95 places available across the UK, in roles such as engineering, maintenance, human resources, purchasing and communications, with a start date of September 2022. This number includes around 80 apprentices in the production network, including: MINI Plant Oxford, the home of the MINI Electric; Plant Swindon, which produces steel pressings and sub-assemblies for both MINI and BMW; Plant Hams Hall, which manufactures MINI and BMW engines; and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars at Goodwood.

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Pandemic recovery package for Scotland

The Manufacturing Skills Academy at the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland is launching a scheme that will support manufacturing businesses with the upskilling of their workforces as they recover and grow following the pandemic. As part of the campaign, the Manufacturing Skills Academy will help manufacturers take advantage of new market opportunities during Scotland’s recovery from Covid-19. By highlighting the skills required for emerging manufacturing sectors, the team will help employers and employees upskill and diversify, while working to futureproof businesses.

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ETG expands sales team with reappointment

The Engineering Technology Group (ETG) has appointed Jon Mannion as regional sales manager for the East Midlands, including Sheffield, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Suffolk. Mannion had previously spent eight years working for ETG and is delighted to return. Group managing director Martin Doyle says: “Not only is Jon a talented sales engineer, but his vast industry experience gives him a complete understanding of how to meet the exact needs of manufacturers.”

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MTC sets up in southeast

Future Cube, a new innovation centre designed to support and cultivate London’s innovative manufacturing, logistics and construction businesses, has opened in the heart of the Thames Gateway. Located in Rainham, Future Cube will be home to a range of demonstrators and tools that will help businesses to explore and adopt new technologies. The Future Cube facility is the result of a partnership between Havering Council, SEGRO, the London Riverside Business Improvement District (BID), and the Greater London Authority, with the MTC selected as the lead delivery partner on site.

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