316 joins Go2

Go2 Engineering has acquired Peterborough-based stainless-steel fabrication specialist 316 Engineering. 316 offers nearly 20 years of experience and today employs 40 people. Michael Donachie will head-up the new management team. Donachie also leads as general manager at Go2 Engineering Group’s Gateshead-based steel fit-out specialist firm, Tech Projects. He will be supporting Clyde Stratton, operations manager, who after a few years away from 316 Engineering, has returned to the team.

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Heatrod acquires Graybar

Bolton-based electric-heating specialist Heatrod Industrial has acquired Wellingborough-based GrayBar Ltd, a manufacturer of products for the rail industry. Heatrod is part of Nibe Element (the world’s largest heating-element manufacturer) and represents Nibe in the UK. The acquisition will become part of the Nibe Rail group, working closely with the team at Denmark-based San Electro heat, one of Nibe’s specialist rail divisions. Graybar commands annual sales of circa £1.2m and a regular operating profit of 10%. The company collaborates closely with Network Rail and leading contractors.

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Additive Casting comes to DMC

The Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC) has struck a partnership with Enable Manufacturing, the UK-based start-up behind Additive Casting®. This novel process overhauls traditional casting with the help of additive manufacturing to deliver a modern, viable solution that embraces Industry 4.0 principles. Suitable for a variety of part complexities and sizes, the Additive Casting process is available in more than 130 different metals. Customers of Silverstone Park-based DMC can access the process from March onwards.

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Virtual work experience provides inspiration

Renishaw is running a virtual UK work experience programme in 2021. The company will virtually host 140 students in years 10 to 13 with week-long sessions during school holidays from mid-February until the end of July. These sessions will provide students with exposure to a wide range of engineering disciplines, such as design, development and manufacturing, to encourage young people into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. Renishaw’s work experience schemes are project-based to give students an insight into a career
in engineering.

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Large investment

Bedford-based Midas Pattern has taken delivery of a new Haas VF-11/40 CNC machining centre, which with its 3 x 1 x 0.7 m working envelope becomes the largest machine tool on site. The company says that its new investment will make short work of any new MRIM tooling requirements (MRIM is Midas’ proprietary composite resin tooling system) and help to keep pushing the boundaries on polyurethane part size and complexity. Even in challenging times, it is important to keep investing, so when Haas contacted Midas back in April 2020 with a cancelled order, the company was keen to invest in its future.

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