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A survey by Westwood Global Energy Group (Westwood), a specialist energy market research and consultancy firm, has revealed a lack of standardisation of floating technology (55%), manufacturing capability and capacity (51%) and port infrastructure (50%) as the most commonly cited major hurdles and risks to floating offshore wind progress, indicating a need for accelerated investment, regulation and supply chain co-ordination globally for the sector to achieve its ambitions.

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Global energy and marine consultancy ABL has announced the launch of dedicated training products to support competence, technical development and reinforce best practice, across the oil and gas industry.

3t (previously 3t Energy Group), has launched a landmark new partnership with Capital City College Group (CCCG) bringing fully funded specialist wind operations training courses to London for the first time.

Brixworth Engineering, manufacturer of the renowned Benco engine stands, has announced it has produced its largest-ever side-mounting turnover stand. Supplied to the Croydon facility of leading power transmission specialist Voith Turbo, the Benco 1050 (an upgrade to Brixworth’s standard Benco 1000 engine stand) is reported to be helping this progressive plant to inspect and service a variety of engines and transmissions.

Aberdeen-based Deep Casing Tools has announced it has won a coveted King’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.

In light of Norway’s prominence as this year’s partner country at Hannover Messe, tune in to Smart Machines & Factories’ Aaron Blutstein’s latest Talking Industry podcast featuring Tore Hattrem, Norway’s Ambassador to the UK, and Hilde Hukkelberg, Director UK and Ireland at Innovation Norway.

Expertise with metallic sealing and retaining ring solutions – a cornerstone of the RenewableUK member company’s activity – will be on display on the Cross Manufacturing stand at the Global Offshore Wind 2024 exhibition and conference, taking place on 18-19 June in Manchester.

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The UK manufacturing landscape is experiencing a big shift towards Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives. A recent report by Make UK and Lloyds Bank unveiled a 48% increase in manufacturing firms setting ESG targets since 2021, with 62% now actively engaged in this pursuit. This trend underscores an evolution in corporate consciousness, where businesses are no longer solely driven by profit margins but are aligning their strategies with societal and environmental imperatives.

As we step into 2024, the manufacturing landscape in Britain appears to be more positive with a renewed sense of optimism, according to a major survey conducted by Make UK and PwC. The findings underscore a significant shift in perception, with British manufacturers increasingly viewing the UK as a more competitive destination compared to last year, outpacing their European counterparts

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