Advanced manufacturing

University of Bath academics show how new-style floors can slash carbon in new buildings

March 11, 2022
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University of Bath academics show how new-style floors can slash carbon in new buildings

The construction industry could massively reduce its use of concrete and slash its carbon footprint by making floors for new buildings in a revolutionary new way, academics at the University of Bath have proved. They have demonstrated a vaulted style of floor that uses 75% less concrete than a traditional flat slab floor and produces 60%...

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Sale of fire systems firm to Irish group handled by Bishop Fleming’s corporate finance team

March 10, 2022
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Sale of fire systems firm to Irish group handled by Bishop Fleming’s corporate finance team

The corporate finance team at regional accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, which has an office in Bath, has advised the shareholders of a fire safety specialist business on its sale to one of Europe’s largest fire-protection engineering companies. The acquisition of Worcester-headquartered Compco Fire Systems adds £40m to Irish group Writech’s revenue and continues its...

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Royds Withy King’s ‘can do’ attitude helps secure acquisition for Irish drinks packaging firm

March 3, 2022
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Royds Withy King’s ‘can do’ attitude helps secure acquisition for Irish drinks packaging firm

A team of corporate and employment lawyers from Bath-headquartered Royds Withy King has advised on a major cross-border deal in the drinks canning industry. Ireland-headquartered Bevcraft Group, which has mobile canning, can distribution and decoration facilities in Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands, acquired competitor Them That Can with advice provided by Royds Withy...

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Rotork profits under pressure as supply chain headaches dampen its post-Covid recovery

March 3, 2022
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Rotork profits under pressure as supply chain headaches dampen its post-Covid recovery

Global supply chain bottlenecks, including a major shortage of microchips, will continue to hit Bath advanced engineering firm Rotork, it said, as it begins to recover from the impact of the pandemic. The firm, which makes specialist valves for the global oil, gas, water and chemical industries and is Bath’s largest manufacturing company, said it...

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Bishop Fleming boosts its offering to manufacturers with specialist appointment

March 3, 2022
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Bishop Fleming boosts its offering to manufacturers with specialist appointment

A new head of manufacturing has been appointed by regional accountancy firm Bishop Fleming as it reinforces its commitment to supporting the sector. Ally Allington, pictured, has been a partner in the corporate and business services team at the firm, which has an office in Bath, since joining three years ago. She will now...

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Programme will offer Bath firms unique chance to help equip city’s young people with green skills

February 24, 2022
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Programme will offer Bath firms unique chance to help equip city’s young people with green skills

Bath businesses are being invited to support a transformational skills programme that will create opportunities in the green economy for young people from the city. Green Skills for Jobs and Entrepreneurship has been launched against a backdrop of economic recovery following the Covid pandemic and the demand for 50,000 new jobs in the region by...

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Western ‘powerhouse’ conference will explore ways of generating green growth for super-region

February 11, 2022
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Western ‘powerhouse’ conference will explore ways of generating green growth for super-region

The first major event staged by the Western Gateway economic partnership takes place next month to bring together key figures from business, academia and local and national government on both sides of the Severn to explore the potential of the cross–border powerhouse. Called Green Growth within the Western Gateway, the day-long conference will discuss...

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Major R&D centre planned by pharma firm to develop world-beating inhalation technology

February 11, 2022
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Major R&D centre planned by pharma firm to develop world-beating inhalation technology

Pioneering pharmaceutical firm Vectura is planning to develop a major research and development centre of excellence as it looks for further global growth opportunities under new owner, tobacco group Philip Morris International (PMI). The Chippenham-headquartered group, which was controversially acquired by PMI for £1.1bn last September, says the centre, pictured, on the Bristol & Bath...

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Programme launched to equip workers with the skills to ensure Bath’s growth is clean and green

February 10, 2022
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Programme launched to equip workers with the skills to ensure Bath’s growth is clean and green

Bath’s construction and manufacturing businesses will be able to boost their employees’ green skills as part of a new scheme backed by the West of England Combined Authority. More than 100 firms across the region are being invited to take part in the 18-month Skills for Clean Growth programme to equip their workers with the...

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Avon Protection wins major US helmet contract as it looks to recover from tough year

February 9, 2022
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Avon Protection wins major US helmet contract as it looks to recover from tough year

The US Defense Logistics Agency has awarded a five-year contract worth up to $204m (£150m) to defence manufacturing group Avon Protection for its second-generation Advanced Combat Helmet. The contract includes a one-year base period with a maximum value of $46m, plus four further one-year extension options.  Melksham-based Avon, which specialises in protective gear, masks...

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