July 2015

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Software deal set to unlock £1m of new orders for Black Country manufacturer

THE acquisition of new casting simulation software is set to unlock over £1m of new opportunities for a Black Country manufacturer.

Alucast, a specialist supplier of sand gravity and pressure castings, has purchased the UK licence for MAGMASOFT to help it speed up time to market and reduce the cost of prototyping. To read more click here

Local Businesses Encouraged to Support Black Country Day

Tuesday July 14th is Black Country Day. To celebrate the diversity and strength of business in the Black Country, we are launching a social media campaign in support of the day and of local Black Country businesses. The Black Country LEP is encouraging local businesses to tweet about their products, workplace or staff members.

On Tuesday 14th July, we would like local businesses to:

• Take a photograph of their product, workplace or staff.
• Post the picture to Twitter to celebrate Black Country Day.
• Include the hashtag #MadeInTheBlackCountry along with any others which might apply

On its own, a single tweet holds little power, but a range of tweets from companies celebrating the Black Country and their roots will be noticeable, generating interest in the participating accounts and the wider message. More information on this campaign can be found on the Black Country LEP website here.

Exciting Opportunity to be Involved in British Land Speed Record Attempt

The British Land Speed record stands at 301 mph and is currently held by Colin Fallows in his jet-propelled Rolls-Royce engine car “Vampire”.

It’s a record and a title that is well respected by Black Country boy Lee Gallimore.

Lee who? Lee Gallimore, it’s a name you could be hearing more of in the future, Lee is three times Supercharged Outlaw UK Champion and is working hard to achieve his dream of competing for the British Land Speed Record. It’s not going to be easy, Lee knows that. To challenge for the record is going to take dedication, investment and support from many people and organisations.

The record chasing car, which is currently in concept stage, will be powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Adour Mk 104 engines supplied by the RAF S.E.P.C.A.T Jaguar Tactical Striker Fighter Bomber. Power from the compact, lightweight 104 engines with afterburners lit gives 16,080 lbs thrust and a top speed of 1,056 mph. The combined weight of the engines is 1.6 tons.

This power combined with a unique car design should make for an exciting attempt at breaking the British record by a British team using British built engines and components.

Rolls-Royce to form new JV with Unipart

Royce-Royce is to form a new joint venture with engineering, logistics and consultancy group Unipart. To read more click here

Jaguar Land Rover set for further expansion

Vehicle manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has given a strong hint on its plans to beef up its new Special Vehicle Operations division. To read more click here

Aston Martin tipped for return to Formula 1

A move into Formula 1 racing by  Midland sports car manufacturer Aston Martin could turbo-charge technology development. To read more click here

JLR announces new overseas production deal

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a deal that will see it produce future vehicles at a plant in Austria. To read more click here

UK automotive sector achieves record £69.5bn turnover

FIGURES released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) confirm the the UK automotive industry is breaking new records.
SMMT’s 16th annual Sustainability Report reveals turnover hit an all-time high of £69.5bn in 2014. To read more click here