Bsria has announced the passing of the head of its energy and environment team, Reginald Brown, who has passed away after a short illness.

Science fiction has taught us to fear things that are out of our control. Whether its alien invaders from another planet, highly-evolved apes or artificially intelligent robots, sci-fi culture is built on humanity’s fear of being second in command. With that being said, automated equipment and robotics are the basis of any smart factory, meaning that to stay competitive, manufacturers must learn to embrace this technology. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial parts supplier, EU Automation, explains

Renishaw, a global engineering technologies company, hosted a visit to its Pune, India facility on 9 November 2016 by The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, British secretary of state for International Trade. During his visit he toured the 80,000 sq ft building where he saw a state of the art metal 3D printing facility, a manufacturing unit that services the Renishaw Group, and a large R&D software facility.

With 64% of fake electrical goods now being sold online1 – and 44% of MPs surveyed2 believing counterfeit electrical goods are a problem in their area - Electrical Safety First is asking stakeholders and other interested parties to support its call for increased consumer protection in the government’s Digital Economy Bill. 

Siemens has appointed George Giles to a newly created role as head of environmental power to strengthen the company’s offering in this market across all divisions of Siemens in the UK & Ireland. Giles, who previously headed up Environmental Power and Oil & Gas across Siemens’ Process Industries & Drives and Digital Factory divisions, will lead a team focusing on developing sustainable and decentralised power generation solutions.

Rittal is expanding its production capabilities and building what it says is the world’s most advanced production plant for compact enclosures in Haiger, Germany, with completion scheduled for 2018.  

British fan manufacturer, Vent-Axia, has continued its 80th anniversary festivities with a staff celebration at its head office, located at Manor Royal in Crawley. At the event staff enjoyed lunch and cake to celebrate Vent-Axia's landmark 80 years and a formal photograph of the staff was taken to mark the occasion. Staff members were each given 80th Anniversary mementoes and a framed copy of the photograph from the day. Similar celebrations also took place in Vent-Axia's Dudley manufacturing facility.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has appointed a new chair for its Exhibition Committee, which oversees the organisation of MACH, a UK manufacturing technologies event. Chris Pockett, head of communications at global engineering company Renishaw, who has been a committee member for eight years, was appointed chair of the Exhibition Committee due to his extensive knowledge and experience of international trade shows and event management. The new position also sees Pockett join the Board of the MTA where he will contribute his additional knowledge of communications and international marketing.

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