subcontracting

Aerospace supply chain profile: the intermediaries

27/03/2017

Aerospace companies often work with intermediary purchasers and parts stockists that are tasked with the delivery of a variety of items, often in kits. Andrew Allcock spoke to FSL Aerospace, which is looking to grow and ...

Building on strength

05/01/2017

Andrew Allcock visited an established engineering subcontractor in the South of England to learn how it is expanding by building on existing strengths, adopting a strategy of diversification that involves key ...

Get on the map - growing UK-sourced work

11/11/2016

The GTMA-driven Reshoring UK initiative saw a recent auto industry-focused networking event bring together speakers that outlined various facets of the reshoring picture. Andrew Allcock was there

Surprise discovery: profile of MNB Precision

09/09/2016

Andrew Allcock visited Coventry-based subcontractor MNB Precision and was positively bowled over by this small, third-generation-managed family-owned company’s sophisticated business management approach that is seeing ...

EDM case file: height advantage

31/08/2016

Bedfordshire subcontractor Anotronic was looking for increased workpiece height when it replaced two older Sodick machines with one Sodick AG600LH Premium machine from Sodi-Tech EDM (024 7651 1677).

Changing everything

11/07/2016

In 10 years, honing expert Delapena has actually travelled many decades to arrive at the success it is today, in terms of its current machine tool technology, in-house working practices and service offerings. Andrew ...

Case file: Overnight express

11/07/2016

A subcontractor has standardised on WNT tools, benefitting from the tooling supplier’s application expertise, while also adopting particular operating procedures to underpin secure unmanned overnight rough milling.

A little help from my friends

27/06/2016

For mutual support, some small manufacturers are coming together to form collective networks. More tightly joined than trade associations or social groups, but having fewer formal ties than sister companies, they show ...

Birth of a challenger

28/04/2016

Described as a cross between an F1 car, a fast fighter jet and a space ship, the project to build the Bloodhound SSC land speed record challenge car has begged, bought and borrowed componentry from motorsport, aerospace ...

Turn on and tune in

16/10/2015

Today, sensors sprinkled around a factory watching process variables – temperature, runtime, vibration – can be strung together in a data network. The right computer hardware and software can weave those streams ...