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Eurozone manufacturing continues to contract

The Eurozone manufacturing sector continued to contract sharply in October. The IHS Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI® read 45.9, virtually unchanged from September’s 45.7. Investment and intermediate goods sectors both registered marked contractions, although the rate of deterioration in the consumer goods sector remained marginal.Germany remained the principal source of weakness with a PMI reading of 42.1. Austria recovered […]


October Manufacturing PMI shows continued downturn

The October IHS Markit/CIPS UK manufacturing PMI® reading remained in the contraction zone at 49.6, with the survey recording downturns in output, new orders and employment. The survey also indicated that stock-building activity had gathered pace (although it should be noted the survey research predated confirmation of the Brexit extension).Companies reported weaker inflows of new […]


Mini-Expo a Fastener ‘Family’ Event

CBM held its first Fastener Manufacturing Technology & Services Mini-Expo on 16th October at the National Metalforming Centre and the feedback received from participants has been consistently positive. Exhibitors and visitors particularly liked the fact the event was tightly focused on the fastener manufacturing sector. One visitor commented: “it really had a family feel about […]


Brankamp demonstration at Fastener Mini-Expo

Brankamp Marposs will use a miniature press to demonstrate how a Brankamp X3 process monitor is connected and senses process forces. The operational model of a press shows different sensor positions – including the con-rod, in the frame and in the table. Connected to the Brankamp X3 process monitor the system demonstrates the sensor signals […]


CBM Fastener and Forging Sectors explore Factory 2050

Thirty-six members of the CBM Fastener and Forging Sectors visited the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, University of Sheffield. The two groups received an informative introduction to the AMRC from Louise Cowling, Head of Degree Apprenticeships, before taking a guided tour of Factory 2050. The AMRC launched its cutting edge Factory 2050 advanced manufacturing research facility […]


Fastener Head Strength

High strength threaded fasteners are critical components in the assembly of virtually every form of transportation and industrial machinery. Industry accepted standards for the measurement and performance of these critical parts have existed for decades, but recent failures of threaded fasteners in service and qualification testing are bringing new focus to the critical area between […]


JLR EV announcement

JLR confirms EV range to be built at Castle Bromwich Jaguar Land Rover confirmed it will build a range of new electrified vehicles at its Castle Bromwich manufacturing plant from 2020. The first model to be produced will be the next-generation all-electric Jaguar XJ luxury saloon. The announcement was made as the last of the […]


CBM Annual Dinner & Awards 2019

Secure your place so you don’t miss a great night Last year we revived the tradition of the CBM Annual Dinner and received brilliant feedback from attendees, who dined, danced and networked with peers from across the industry. This year will be even more exciting, with new awards, a great keynote speaker, fantastic music…and, of […]


Ford confirms Bridgend closure proposal

Ford of Europe confirmed in a letter to employees that it proposes to cease production at its Bridgend Engine Plant and to close it on 25th September 2020. In a media statement on 6thJune, Ford of Europe said: “The proposed action is a necessary step to support Ford’s global business redesign and is part of the […]

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