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Harland & Wolff’s Appledore shipyard wins £55 million minesweeper contract​



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British shipyard, Harland & Wolff, has been awarded a £55 million contract to regenerate a former Royal Navy mine-hunting vessel, HMS QUORN.

On behalf of the Lithuanian Government, the Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) awarded the contract that will see HMS QUORN renovated and restored, bolstering NATO maritime capability in Europe.

Supporting ambitions to bolster British shipbuilding, laid out in the National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh, the regeneration will support 100 jobs at the south-west shipyard.
 

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New factory milestone for engineering firm employing 180 people in Spilsby​



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It has been a three-year, two-phase project to build a purpose-built manufacturing facility on the edge of Tong Engineering s hometown of Spilsby.

Now a two-day opening event has been held to mark the milestone of the vegetable equipment manufacturer, which employs 180 people.

“Since we commenced works on our first-phase building at the end of 2019, we have been working towards the day where all departments of the business can operate from one site,” explains Edward Tong, Managing Director at Tong Engineering.
 

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£2.35 billion Typhoon upgrade sustains 1,300 British jobs​



UK Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets will be fitted with the world’s most advanced radar, as part of a £2.35 billion investment announced at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

The state-of-the-art European Common Radar System (ECRS) Mk 2 radar will further transform the Typhoon’s control of the air, bringing a world-leading electronic warfare capability which will allow the aircraft to simultaneously detect, identify and track multiple targets in the air and on the ground.

It will support operations in the most challenging situations, equipping pilots with the ability to suppress enemy air defences using high-powered jamming and engage targets whilst beyond the reach of threats.

Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin, said:

“It’s vital the UK remains at the forefront of military capabilities to be able to deter and defend. These technological enhancements will maintain the cutting-edge capabilities of Eurofighter Typhoon and help underpin the development path towards the Future Combat Air System.”

The work also ensures the aircraft can integrate additional capabilities and weapons later in the decade to counter emerging threats until 2040 and beyond.

This sees Typhoon enhanced with the latest mission computer and cockpit interface, as well as an improved navigation system and signal jamming technology.

European Common Radar System Mk2 will be delivered into service towards the end of the decade and today’s announcement ensures that the advanced technical skills and expertise needed to develop, integrate and deliver these complex projects remain in the UK and are available to support the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme.

The radar is a prime example of the UK’s world-leading onshore technology, being developed by Leonardo UK in Edinburgh and Luton and integrated by BAE Systems in Warton.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, said:

“The ECRS Mk2 radar is a transformational upgrade for our Typhoon aircraft, and a step change in capability. It will ensure Typhoon is ready and able to protect our skies into the future, in the face of fast-evolving threats to the UK and our allies.”

The Typhoon programme continues to support more than 20,000 jobs throughout the UK. The latest investments, negotiated by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), sustain more than 1,300 jobs across the UK, including Leonardo UK’s sites in Edinburgh, Luton and Lincoln, BAE Systems at Warton and Samlesbury, Lancashire, Kent, Meggitt in Stevenage and II–VI in County Durham.

The announcement builds on the Integrated review and Defence Command Paper – which was backed by an additional £24 billion for Defence in cash terms over four years. This funding will allow for investment for the long term in vital capabilities, while simultaneously adapting to a more dangerous and competitive world.
 

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Johnson Matthey announces new hydrogen gigafactory to accelerate the transition to a decarbonised transport economy​



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JM invests in capacity to support customer growth, backed by customer demand
  • UK government through the Automotive Transformation Fund and Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) today announce their support for JM's hydrogen gigafactory

LONDON, July 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Matthey (JM), a global leader in sustainable technologies, announces that it is building a £80 million gigafactory at its existing site in Royston, UK, to scale up the manufacture of hydrogen fuel cell components.
Earlier this year, JM announced a refreshed strategy, with an ambition to be the "market leader in performance components for fuel cells and electrolysers," targeting more than £200 million sales in Hydrogen Technologies by end of 2024/25.
 

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Rolls-Royce nearing completion of world’s largest jet engine​



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Rolls-Royce has entered the final build phase for the world’s largest aero-engine technology demonstrator, UltraFan®, providing a suite of technologies to support sustainable air travel for decades to come.

The demonstrator engine, with a fan diameter of 140 inches, is being completed in Derby, prior to its first run – on 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel – later this year. It offers a 25% fuel efficiency improvement compared with the first generation of Trent engine.

UltraFan supports a variety of sustainability solutions. In the nearer term, there are options to transfer technologies from the UltraFan development programme to current Trent engines to deliver even greater fuel efficiency and reductions in emissions.
 

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Stoford on board for Stannah’s new Andover factory​



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Developer Stoford is to develop a new 90,000ft2 factory at Andover Business Park in Hampshire for stair lift company Stannah aimed at streamlining Stannah’s production process and bring some of its supply chain in-house.

The building will benefit from strong sustainability credentials, including more than 23,500ft2 of solar panels that will save a projected 203 tons of CO2 emissions a year compared to using electricity from the grid.
 

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New programme aims to establish the UK as world leader in reusable hypersonic air systems​



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Reaction Engines, Rolls-Royce, the Royal Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), the UK Government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the UK’s National Security Strategic Investment Fund (NSSIF) have announced new details of their joint programme to deliver significant enhancements to UK defence capabilities through the development of innovative hypersonic technologies.

Building on the pioneering high-speed propulsion technologies and extensive research and development capabilities of the partners, the Hypersonic Air Vehicle Experimental (HVX) Programme aims to establish the UK as a leader in reusable hypersonic air systems.

Supported by funding from NSSIF, an agile project team has been established to rapidly develop critical high-Mach/hypersonic technologies, including novel air-breathing propulsion architectures, innovative thermal management systems and advanced vehicle concepts. In addition, a full-scale experimental engine test campaign has now commenced.
 

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Hull: Saltend rare earth magnets factory gets go-ahead​



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Plans for a £150m factory near Hull which will make materials for magnets used in electric cars and wind turbines have been approved despite objections.

The plant, which will process rare earth materials, will be built next to the existing Saltend Chemical Park.

More than 30 objections to the factory were received, including concerns over environmental risks, traffic and the plant's proximity to homes and roads.

Pensana said it would create 125 jobs as well as 450 construction jobs.

Building starts at £150m precious metal processing plant in Saltend with big jobs boost on way​



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Work has started on a new £150 million complex chemical engineering plant on the Humber Bank, where 125 jobs will be created.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng broke the ground at Saltend for the Pensana rare earth processing facility – where precious metals will emerge for use in electric vehicles and offshore wind farms. He was photographed as his foot pushed the ceremonial spade into the ground.
 

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£400 million investment programme underway at Sheffield Forgemasters​



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VINCI Building has been appointed on an early works contract and pre-construction services agreement at Sheffield Forgemasters, worth more than £70 million.

The company will construct a new service road, undertake demolition works and services diversions at Brightside Lane to accommodate a new forging line.

The appointment marks the first phase of the wider investment, valued up to £400 million over ten years, to underpin critical defence assets, with construction of the UK’s largest open-die forging operation to install a 13,000 tonne forge-line.
 

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AMTE Power selects Dundee as site for first 'MegaFactory'​



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Battery producer AMTE Power has identified Dundee as the preferred site for its first 'MegaFactory'.

This should have the capacity to produce more than 25,000 batteries per day, with revenue generation of over £200m per annum at full production.

The total required investment is estimated to be between £160m and 190m.

As a first step, AMTE has received an indicative offer letter from Scottish Enterprise regarding a potential package of funding and business support, which is also expected to facilitate continuing discussions with other UK state-owned enterprises, including the Automotive Transformation Fund.

The MegaFactory is expected to be funded by a combination of grant funding, as well as traditional and government-assisted debt and equity.

The 0.5GWh factory is Dundee has signed a binding Letter of Intent with Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc for the reservation of the site, ahead of a formal lease agreement to be signed in the fourth quarter. Located at the old Michelin factory, the project is expected to help revitalise this brownfield industrial facility, boosting the local economy.

The factory should create around 215 on-site jobs and 800 jobs in the wider supply chain during development and operations.

The plant is expected to be operational and in production by the third quarter of 2025, based on current planned timings.
 

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BP to build new £50 million global battery research and development centre in Britain​



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BP has announced plans to invest up to £50 million in a new, state-of-the-art electric vehicle (EV) battery testing centre and analytical laboratory in the UK. BP has previously announced its intention to invest up to £18 billion in the UK’s energy system by the end of 2030 and this additional new investment is a further example of BP’s commitment to the country.

Planned to open by the end of 2024, the new facilities will be located at BP’s existing global headquarters for its Castrol business in Pangbourne, Berkshire, and will support the technology, engineering and science roles housed there today. The site already undertakes research and development of fuels, lubricants and EV fluids and aims to become a leading hub for fluid technologies and engineering in the UK.

“We’re backing Britain. We’re fully committed to the UK’s energy transition. This additional investment will help accelerate the transition to EVs by developing solutions to help decarbonise the transport sector. This is another example of our ambitious plans to do more, and go faster,” said Louise Kingham, BP’s UK head of country.
 

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BAE set to hire 1,000 engineers for Tempest programme​



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Defence giant BAE Systems is set to embark on a major recruitment drive, aiming to hire 1,000 engineers to help build 'supersonic' Tempest fighter jet.

BAE wants to recruit 1,000 highly-skilled engineers over the next year, with the bulk of them based at its Lancashire sites, as it gears up for a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape the future of combat air.

The aerospace defence giants aims to build the Tempest fighter jet by hiring engineers, manufacturers, software specialists and various other professions.

The bulk of these new recruits will be in Warton and Samlesbury in Lancashire, as well as Brough, East Yorkshire, and Prestwick, South Ayrshire.
 

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And are these British companies or foreign companies being set up with British government funding? (ie tax payers money).

I suspect the latter – why would they establish a factory in the UK when it would make better sense to do so in the EU free from the bovine excrement of Brexit and questionable work ethics.
 

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