Energy 2018 sponsored by Total Gas and Power kicks off today, at Birmingham’s NEC until 11 October.

EksoWorks will be demonstrating its latest exoskeleton technology, helping to reduce injuries in the construction industry, where workers are five times more likely to report poor health. Visitors can experience working with weightless tools using the Ekso ZeroG or feel the benefits of the 5 – 15lb lift assist that the EksoVest provides through upper body elevation and support.

Prime minister’s Theresa May’s speech, at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, has attracted comment from Julia Evans, chief executive of Bsria (pictured).

Rockwell Automation has launched a collaboration with Primary Engineer, a not-for-profit organisation which delivers engineering skills programmes into schools throughout the UK.

Bringing together other local and national industrial organisations, including Stratus Technologies, Routeco, GAMBICA and Cadence Innovation Marketing, the project is set to fund a minimum of ten local primary schools through Primary Engineer programmes in the current academic year.

Thorn has provided much of the lighting for the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – the world’s longest sea bridge – due to open soon.

Thorn secured two of the three lighting contracts associated with the 115.9 billion yuan (€14.7 billion) project. The products illuminate the two artificial islands at the east and west of the crossing, and the tunnel that leads to the bridge from Hong Kong.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has warned of the circulation of counterfeit copies of BS 7671:2018, The IET Wiring Regulations.

The organisation has only become aware of this in the last week.

Electrical installers in Europe have indicated brands are more important than price, according to a report from European Electrical Installation Monitor, focussing on segmentation of installers. So a trusted brand is more important than a lower price from an unknown brand. 

Business secretary Greg Clark has co-chaired a meeting of the UK’s business and manufacturing leaders to discuss how the UK manufacturing industry can be transformed through industrial digital technology (IDT).

Revolve Technologies appears in the 2018 edition of The Parliamentary Review, published this week, one of just sixteen companies nationwide to be included.

Demand for smart meter training is heating up as firms race to meet the new smart metering equipment technical specification 2 (SMETS 2), that comes into force this month.

The government has called on energy companies to replace all old-style gas and electricity meters with smart meters.

Chris Bielby MBE, chair of the Electrical Safety Roundtable, has looked at  the progress being made on monitoring and enforcing Part P of the Building Regulations, and asks what more could be done.

Over three in four engineering services organisations (77%) say turnover increased or remained steady in Q2 2018, despite rising material and labour costs.

These are the findings of the latest BESA/ECA/SELECT/SNIPEF quarterly sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey, sponsored by Scolmore.

Despite the shocking tragedy of the Grenfell fire in London last summer, an online poll has revealed 50% of tradespeople don’t feel confident in advising customers on fire door safety.

Even with extensive media coverage about the dangers of inadequate fire protection in offices and homes since the disaster, less than 20% of tradespeople polled have seen an increase in demand for fire safety products or parts such as replacement intumescent strips for fire doors.