Zoro, a UK supplier of fasteners, tools and equipment to businesses within the engineering sector, is celebrating its third year of continuous growth, a period during which the company’s team has doubled in size and the product portfolio has expanded significantly. Since January 2020 alone, the company has launched over 97,000 new products. Plans are now in place to increase staff by another quarter within the coming year. Zoro supplies PPE and equipment to more than 126,000 companies in the engineering, automotive, aerospace, rail, marine and construction markets across the UK.
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Boiler manufacturer Baxi Heating is promising to revolutionise the way homes and buildings are heated. Karen Boswell OBE, the newly appointed managing director of Baxi Heating, says: “Future generations will judge us by our actions. Our pledge is to be carbon neutral in all our operations by 2030, and to lead the phase-out of carbon intensive heating by ensuring every product we make from 2025 will work with low-carbon energy fuels, either directly, such as hydrogen boilers, heat pumps, smart electric water heating and heat networks, or hydrogen-ready boilers than can be converted after installation.”
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A family-run engineering company in Coventry is playing a major role in the UK’s response to COVID-19 after supplying more than 120 miles of medical gas copper pipes in just six months. Lawton Tubes switched the majority of its production of copper tubes to cater for demand from the NHS and healthcare providers. The tubes are the preferred natural, 100% recyclable, safe means of carrying medical gasses from the plant room to the patient’s bed. Lawton Tubes’ biggest NHS contract to date was for the Nightingale Birmingham Hospital, where it supplied 10 miles of copper tube and thousands of copper fittings for a large mains gas ring.
For further information www.lawtontubes.co.uk
Supply-chain software business Valuechain is uniting with the West England Aerospace Forum (WEAF), North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) to kick-off of a new project: Accelerate Cross-sector Collaborative Ecosystems and Sustainable Supply-chains (ACCESS). Funded by Innovate UK, the project will create a digital business networking platform developed by Valuechain to facilitate inter-company communication and collaboration. The project builds on Valuechain’s iQluster platform, used recently by Made Smarter’s North West Pilot to map companies and their capabilities in the region.
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The University of Sheffield’s AMRC will host two new Smart Factory Innovation Hubs as part of a pilot scheme to accelerate growth in the manufacturing sector through better use of digital technologies. Smart Factory Innovation Hubs are being led by the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult and Made Smarter, which together constitute the UK’s manufacturing digitalisation movement. The project will see HVM Catapult’s network, which includes the AMRC and Nuclear AMRC, offer companies the opportunity to reduce the risk of implementing new digital manufacturing solutions within their businesses.
For further information www.hvm.catapult.org.uk/innovation-hubs