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    NAA Update: The spotlight is on Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant

    As our newsletter is being finalised for publication, it has been confirmed that GM’s Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations will join the PSA Group… With the addition of Opel/Vauxhall, which generated revenue of €17.7 billion in 2016, PSA will become the second-largest automotive company in Europe, with a 17% market share. Carlos Tavares, […]

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    In the Driving Seat: Mike Damms MBE, Member of the Lancashire LEP Board and Chief Executive of East Lancs Chamber of Commerce

    Mike Damms gives some secrets away, including his link to Austin Allegros … Name Mike Damms Company East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce Position Chief Executive Apart from that: Chair NW Manufacturing Forum, LEP Board Member (Lancashire), MBE for Services to Industry Association with NAA Primarily through the Regional Manufacturing Forum  Why did you join the […]

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    NAA Member News: New Simulator Demonstrates Lean Deployment

    Training consultancy KZN Solutions has unveiled its ‘interactive simulation of a Lean logistics and manufacturing facility’ which has been built within the new Northern Logistics Academy (NLA) in Merseyside… It has been developed by the KZN Solutions consultant engineers to accurately provide a scaled down logistics and production facility and picking and packing line. The […]

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    NAA Member News: Adrian May, Managing Director, Performance Springs, awarded Mentor of the Year 2017

    Adrian May, Managing Director of NAA member company, Performance Springs Ltd, has been presented with an award from the Welsh Government’s Business Wales organisation… In a prestigious awards dinner at Cardiff’s City Hall on 26 January, Adrian was awarded Mentor of the Year 2017 – for Mentoring Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to the mentoring service. […]

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    Industry News: Is your business ready for when the Levy breaks?

    The Government’s Apprenticeship Levy scheme is nearly upon us. However, it’s still doubtful whether the businesses that it will affect are actually ready… There is a great deal of poor advice being bandied about and there is a danger of making things more complicated than they really are. Managing director Michael Bainbridge of KZN Solutions […]

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    Industry News: The new McLaren Automotive Composites Technology Centre

    McLaren Automotive has announced the first details of its new Composites Technology Centre. Based close to the campus of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield, and built with support from Sheffield City Council, the new Centre will be responsible for the development and manufacturing of the Monocell and Monocage carbon […]

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    £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund launched for Northern SMEs

    The British Business Bank has launched its £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), aimed at boosting the North of England’s economy and helping the region’s businesses realise their growth potential. The British Business Bank’s recent Spotlight: The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund publication reported that the North contributes £350bn per year in GDP – close to […]

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    The Transport Innovation Programme (North West) – Survey

    Delivering growth for the economy is dependent upon significantly improving the ability to transport goods and people efficiently and more effectively. By attracting emergent technologies and driving collaboration across different sectors, there is a real opportunity to provide the required improvements in a sustainable manner. This programme seeks to achieve this for the North West […]

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    £13m investment for telematics technology provider The Floow

    Innovative telematics technology provider The Floow has confirmed that it has received £13m equity investment that will further accelerate the company’s strong momentum and global growth. The announcement sees leading China-based investment group Fosun put forward the majority of the funds, with investors United Electronics Co., and Direct Line Group also involved in the transaction. […]

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