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UK AFV sales up but plug-in hybrids decline

The SMMT reports that the UK new car market declined -4.1% in April, to 161,064 units. Private registrations fell -10.3%, while fleet demand increased +2.9%. Overall alternative fuel vehicle registrations increased +12.7%, but sales of plug-in hybrids fell by more than a third. SMMT, Mike Hawes, referred, in relation to fall in plug-in hybrid registrations, to […]



The CBM has exclusively partnered with Gravity Risk Services to provide cost effective insurance solutions for its members. Choosing the right broker to review your insurance programme can be difficult. The insurance market is intensely competitive and insurance brokers come in many shapes and sizes. Some exist by competing solely on price, and the quality of […]


Materials Processing Institute CEO to become Chair of leading UK industry body

Chris McDonald, CEO of the Materials Processing Institute, has been elected to a significant position that will play a crucial role in the future of the UK’s metals sector.Mr McDonald has been named Chair of the UK Metals Council (UKMC). He will formally take over the position in March 2019, after being voted in as […]


New manufacturing centre hosts visit from local MP

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, visited the University of Wolverhampton’s £100 million regeneration project at the former Springfield brewery recently. The Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills, along with partners Dudley College, Cast Metals Federation, Confederation of British Metalforming and the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers, welcomed Emma to the new employer-led training facility […]


Elite centres launched to boost manufacturing revival

The new £12.5 million Black Country Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) has officially been launched by journalist and television presenter, Steph McGovern, marking a significant investment in the future of high-value manufacturing in the region. ECMS is a collaboration between the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, University of Wolverhampton, Dudley College, Cast Metals Federation, […]


Building a stronger wire rod business

British Steel is making the biggest single investment in its manufacturing operations for a decade, committing GB£50 million to a major upgrade of its wire rod mill. Executive Editor Phil Matten met with wire rods managing director, Richard Sims, and project director, Mark Cunningham, to hear more about the background and implications of this huge […]



By Steve Jezard, Industrial Response First Aid Training Ltd   It was my pleasure to come and speak to delegates at the CBM Health, Safety & Committee Group Meeting at CBM HQ in West Bromwich. Industrial Response First Aid Training Ltd was formed in August 2017 following a significant traumatic arm injury in an industrial […]


Possible effects on the forging industry from the EU Safeguard Measures

The Euroforge have looked into possible effects on the forging industry from the EU Safeguard Measures. The relevant tariff quota for the forging industry can be watched at the following link on a daily basis: EU Safeguarding. According to the report about 39.000 tons of the 728.270 tons have been imported. Another 3.100 tons are […]


EU Settlement Scheme: employer toolkit

On 25 July the Home Office launched the EU Settlement Scheme: employer toolkit . The toolkit has been designed to help businesses support their UK based EU27 employees. The toolkit provides information on how EU27 citizens will be able to apply for “settled status” in the UK in preparation of the UK’s departure from the […]

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