Ford powers ahead with new Dagenham jobs

Ford will recruit a further 250 employees to its Dagenham engine plant as part of a £380 million project, which is joint-funded by government’s Regional Growth Fund.

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Andy Palmer appointed Aston Martin CEO

It has been announced that Dr Andy Palmer CMG will become Aston Martin’s new Chief Executive Officer.

British-born Palmer will join the Gaydon-based luxury and sports car manufacturer from his current position as Chief Planning Officer at Nissan Motor Corporation.

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UK new car market – Ford shows what’s driving the change

The UK car market is constantly changing; models, niches and trends come and go, but for the past 42 years there has been one constant. Currently exhibiting at SMMT’s Westminster showroom,

Ford’s sustained market performance makes it ideal to show how buying trends have changed in recent years.

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New members – August 2014

Find out who has joined the premier automotive trade association and what they get from membership. New members – August 2014

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Golden opportunity for Black Country SMEs

Advanced manufacturing and transport technology SMEs based in the West Midlands could be eligible for grant funding of up to £16,000, thanks to Black Country Gold.

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Bentley upskills with apprentices and training

Bentley has announced a number of upskilling initiatives to strengthen the skills of current employees and provide a pool of fresh manufacturing talent. The initiatives will see increased investment in training facilities and the largest intake of apprentices that Bentley has seen in a decade.

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Sun shines on Toyota: solar set to power 10% of production

Toyota’s engine manufacturing facility in Deeside, North Wales has switched on 13,000 solar panels, generating enough renewable energy to power the production of 22,500 engines.

The solar array, which shares a similar footprint to eight football pitches, can produce up to 3,475,000kWh electricity a year, providing 10% of the energy required at the site.

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UK engine output falls in July but growth expected

Engine manufacturing output fell 10.2% compared to July 2013 to 205,907 units.
Year-to-date production remains stable at 1,513,350 – a drop of 2.3%.
Long-term outlook is bright for UK engine production as the EU market recovery continues, and with new facilities set to begin assembly over the coming months.

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