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A late surge in offshore wind financings has helped 2019 renewables investment to overtake 2018. A string of billion-dollar deals off coasts of mainland China and Taiwan, and in British, French and Dutch waters, made 2019 an all-time high for offshore wind

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Abdex Hose & Couplings, celebrated its 45th anniversary last year and also re-located to larger premises. The new site, in Clarke Road, Bletchley in the heart of Milton Keynes, comprises a 10,000 sq ft unit – a sizeable increase compared with the company’s previous 3000 sq ft facilities.

Founded in 1916, Dixon is a premier manufacturer and supplier of hose couplings, made to order hose assemblies, valves, manifolds, dry-disconnects bespoke fittings and other fluid transfer and control products. The company's global reach includes a wide range of products for numerous industries, including petroleum exploration, refining, transportation, chemical processing, food & beverage, steel, fire protection, construction, mining and manufacturing.

British Fluid Power Association member companies Pall Corporation, HYDAC Technology Ltd and MP Filtri UK Ltd consider the critical part filtration equipment plays within the particularly challenging environments found within the oil and gas sector.

Schwer Fittings recently announced the successful certification of u2-Lok Twin Ferrule Fittings by DNV · GL (Det Norske Veritas · Germanischer Lloyd). Extensive examination included the following tests: Combined pressure pulse and vibration test, repeated assembly, leak testing, vacuum testing, pull-out test and burst pressure test.

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The result of the recent election will undoubtedly reverberate for some time to come. What should have been a seasonally calm period period, leads many of us to contemplate how the number one concern for manufacturers - Brexit - will now finally play out.

There has been debate recently about whether the increasing level of automation in manufacturing and warehousing environments is posing a threat to people’s jobs. Ostensibly, this might seem to be a rational concern. So, what’s the truth? Although expensive to set up, Sophie Hand, UK country manager at automation parts supplier EU Automation, maintains that highly automated ‘lights-out’ manufacturing comes with a series of advantages, the first of which is increased profitability.

With so much uncertainty surrounding Brexit, manufacturers are becoming increasingly frustrated and desperate to move on. But one thing is very certain - the new Prime Minister must not underestimate the benefits of a good deal for British manufacturers as it will unlock new investment and confidence in factories and boardrooms across the country. It should also not be underestimated that Europe still has huge belief in the UK and getting a deal will ultimately open many doors that have been closed by uncertainty.

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