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The UK Infrastructure Bank has announced it has made its first private sector transaction, which will help catalyse a new £500m fund with NextEnergy Capital that could double the amount of subsidy-free solar power in the UK.

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Design and engineering consultancy, Houlder, has announced it is supporting Subsea Micropiles, a foundations company leading the adaption of land-based micropiling technology to create superior marine foundation and anchor solutions. Houlder is providing marine operations and engineering support to accelerate market development and the deployment of Subsea Micropiles’ technology.

Impulse Embedded pair single board computer and LCD for integration into a Peli Case for a revolutionary underwater camera diver safety monitoring system.

LBI Foundries and its subsidiaries LBI, SRI & INOXYDA have announced the launch of their UK subsidiary: LBI Castings.

Black & Veatch has been selected to help guide Marine Power Systems across subsystem design coordination, systems engineering and the certification of Marine Power Systems’  flexible floating wind and wave energy generation hardware.

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Editor's Comment 

The recent Budget has generated a mixed response from manufacturers. Although Make UK highlighted that there were some welcome announcements on business rates and the extension of the annual investment allowance, the announcements on skills amounted to little, if any, new money while the delay in the R&D spending target goes against the aim of making the UK a science superpower.

We all hear much about digital transformation and the business and operational benefits to be had within manufacturing and engineering. However, in order to get the ball rolling companies of all sizes need to decide on an initial point of entry, and what elements of the digital journey to home in on in the first instance. As Aaron Blutstein, editor of Smart Machines and Factories, said during the recent DFA Media organised Talking Industry webinar on Digital Transformation, one of the biggest issues regarding the topic is getting people on board because some companies are so entrenched in their daily routine that there can be a challenge in getting them to recognise that something needs to change.

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