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UK Construction declines faster in December

The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI® for December read 44.4, falling significantly from November’s 45.3, and languishing in the contraction zone for the eighth consecutive month.  Civil engineering was by far the worst performing sector, with activity falling at the fastest rate since 2009. The data also revealed a sharp drop in commercial work. Both […]


UK Manufacturing contracts faster in December

After some signs of improvement in November, the downturn in the UK manufacturing sector deepened in December, according to the IHS Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI®, which read 47.5. Production fell in response to declining intakes of new work from both domestic and overseas markets and at the sharpest pace in close to seven-and-a-half years. The […]


Eurozone Manufacturing downturn deepens

The IHS Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI® for December read 46.3, down on November’s 46.9, as the pace of decline in both output and new orders accelerated. Overall new orders fell sharply despite the weakest reduction in new export sales since the start of 2019.  Seven of the eight countries in the zone recorded weaker PMIs […]


Doncaster Aerospace Ltd

Doncasters Aerospace Ltd are delighted to announce they have recently been purchased by Radius Aerospace Inc. More details can be found on their website at


German car makers fined for steel price fixing

The German competition authority has imposed fines totalling around EUR 100 million on BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen for anticompetitive practices in the purchase of long steel products.  Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt explained: “Between 2004 and the end of 2013 representatives of BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen regularly met twice a year with steel manufacturers, forging companies and large […]


Arconic sells Firth Rixson Forgings

Arlington Capital Partners has acquired Firth Rixson Forgings Limited from Arconic on undisclosed terms. Washington DC based Arlington Capital announced the acquisition on 2 December. Firth Rixson Forgings will become part of Forged Solutions Group, formed in November 2019 by Arlington Capital as its aerospace forging platform. Located in Sheffield, Firth Rixson provides complex closed […]


UK manufacturing still contracting

The IHS Markit/CIPS UK manufacturing PMI® for November read 48.9, down from October’s 49.6 and indicating that output, new orders and employment all declined month on month. The decline in output accelerated slightly as companies scaled back in the face of lower new order intakes and manufacturers eroded Brexit-related inventory builds. Domestic and export new […]


Precision Forge Announcement

Success Through Integrity. Announcement – November 29th, 2019. IFA are proud to announce the acquisition of Doncasters Precision Forge from the Doncasters Group and its rebrand as IFA Precision Forge. IFA currently manufactures high-integrity, open-die forged components for OEMs and tier-one suppliers within the aerospace, nuclear, power generation, marine and oil and gas sectors. See […]


Doncasters Blaenavon Ltd

Press Release – Change of Ownership Arlington Capital Partners Announces Acquisition of Doncasters Group’s Blaenavon Forging Business and Creation of Forged Solutions Group WASHINGTON, D.C., November 18, 2019 – Arlington Capital Partners (“Arlington Capital”), a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm, today announced the acquisition of Doncasters Group’s Blaenavon forging business (“Blaenavon” or the “Company”). Going […]

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