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    Event review: NAA Annual Dinner and Awards, Carden Park, 18 October 2012

    Press Release From the Northwest Automotive Alliance The achievements of some of the leading companies in the region’s automotive industry have been celebrated at the Northwest Automotive Alliance (NAA) Awards, which took place at Carden Park Hotel in Cheshire on 18th October 2012. The Awards event, sponsored by Bentley Motors, was a vivid demonstration of […]

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    The Niche Vehicle Network, Technology Strategy Board, BIS and OLEV jointly announce a further call for collaborative R&D projects – 21 November deadline

    A Systems R&D Competition will provide a total fund of £350,000 for niche vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and technology organisations who wish to collaborate on innovative, industry-led projects focussing on developing and demonstrating system-level road-vehicle technology. The categories are: Carbon Reduction & Improved Fuel Efficiency – electric & hybrid road-vehicle development, use of alternative fuels, reduced […]

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    NAA Update: Recent events: Cenex LCV2012 and Automechanika; NAA Awards and Dinner; Apprenticeships

    September has been a very busy month for the NAA. Cenex LCV2012 took place over 5 & 6 September and the NAA had a stand together with three companies and three universities from the region. It was a relatively busy show and is as important for the networking and catching up on what is happening […]

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    NAA Business Excellence Programme Update – September/October 2012

    Through the Business Excellence programme in September we took North West delegations to the Cenex LCV event at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedford, and to Automechanika in Frankfurt. Cenex LCV Companies attending included: mi-technology and Oaktec & GO-Tec. The event was back at Millbrook this year with the vehicle ride & drive opportunities sandwiched between […]

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    NAA Skills Update: Hard facts about Apprenticeships

    Those of you who have met me or have read my newsletter articles will know that I am constantly ‘banging the drum’ for apprenticeships. Well, I make no excuse for this because I have seen wonderful examples of how training and development through an apprentice framework can bring enormous benefits to apprentices and businesses alike […]

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    In the Driving Seat: Helen Symonds, HR and H&S Manager, Sigmatex (UK) Limited

    If you speak to Sigmatex’s HR and H&S Manager, Helen Symonds, and she sounds highly energised, it’s probably because of all the running she does Name Helen Symonds Company Sigmatex (UK) Limited Position HR and H&S Manager Apart from that Chartered Member of the CIPD Member of the EEF HSE Networking Group Association with NAA […]

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    NAA Business Excellence Programme Case Study: Implementation Of Environmental Management System Helps Performance Springs On Its Journey To Become A World-Class Manufacturer

    Performance Springs is a successful manufacturer of springs for the automotive industry, however achieving the ISO 14001 environmental standard has opened up additional opportunities and helped to gain new clients for the company. Project Performance Springs Limited – ISO 14001 implementation Background Performance Springs is a niche supplier focused on high quality, precision compression springs […]

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    Business Excellence Member Company Profile: Business Lines – Freight Industry Wheel Nut Security Measures

    Business Excellence Member Business Lines addresses the problem of wheel detachment from vehicles, particularly heavy commercial vehicles, with a number of wheel nut security solutions including Checklock SQ Business Lines Ltd is a global market leader in wheel nut safety solutions, originator and inventor of the world’s first wheel nut indicator, the Checkpoint©. The Business […]

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    Business Excellence Member Company News: £4 Million Investment at NGF EUROPE in St Helens

    NGF EUROPE Ltd, the Merseyside-based glass cord manufacturer, part of the NSG Group, has announced an investment of £4 million at its site in St Helens, with the creation of 24 new jobs The site will become the first fully-integrated high tensile strength glass cord manufacturing factory in Europe and the only such facility outside […]

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    Auto Industry Gives Government Steer On Industrial Strategy

    Following government’s commitment to a formalised industrial strategy, the automotive industry has set out six key areas that will drive economic growth and make the UK a highly competitive global business location for automotive investment… Read more “Growing our manufacturing base and rebalancing the economy must be a national priority for all areas of government […]

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