Robotics company launched by Endoline

To meet the growing demand for fully automated end-of-line systems, which increasingly require robotic solutions, Endoline Machinery has launched a sister company – Endoline Robotics Ltd (ERL) – and formed a strategic partnership with FANUC UK.

The move reinforces Endoline’s expertise as a provider of case erecting and sealing automation and, through the strength of the FANUC brand, will now manage the installation of robotic palletising systems under the umbrella of ERL.
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Automotive firm hits landmark

A major engineering firm has strengthened its credentials in the automotive market after its sub-division reached £100m in orders in just eight years of trading.

The milestone, achieved by multi-disciplined company adi Group, has been secured through contracts with some of the biggest brands in the sector, including BMW Mini. Specifically, the £100m barrier was broken by the Birmingham-based adi Automotive Services arm of the business, which has secured permanent contracts at five major automotive sites across the country, including BMW’s Mini plant in Oxford.
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Sodick opens HQ

Sodick Europe welcomed 170 guests to the grand opening of its new architect-designed headquarters in Warwick.

Kenichi Furukawa, president of Sodick Co Ltd, son of Sodick’s founder Toshihiko Furukawa, helped CEO Peter Capp and other VIP guests break the traditional sake barrels to bring good fortune to the enterprise. At 4200 sq m, the building has been designed with expansion in mind and, on a 1.2 hectare site, there is plenty of space for further growth at a later date. One of the key advantages of the new building is its large, temperature-controlled showroom.
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New investment at Flexiform

Flexiform, a manufacturer of office furniture, is investing £3m at its manufacturing plant in Thornbury, Bradford.

Over the last decade, Flexiform has grown to a £29m turnover business, manufacturing office furniture for government organisations, blue-chip companies, the education market and private businesses. As part of the investment, the company has purchased a Bystronic laser cutter and a Salvagnini panel bender. These machines are currently being installed, with employees receiving training, and in the next 3-4 years Flexiform will be working on transforming the production facility further.
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Sir Ranulph Fiennes to speak at Hexagon event

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been announced as a keynote speaker at Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division’s HxGN Local Smart Manufacturing UK conference.

This two-day event, taking place on 1-2 October at The Belfry Hotel and Resort near Birmingham, invites industry leaders and innovators to discuss manufacturing trends including the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation and the smart factory. In his speech, Fiennes will share inspirational stories from his international expeditions as he reveals how he and his teams disrupted the status quo in pursuit of adventure. Hexagon’s keynote ‘Smart is Hiding in Plain Sight’ will pick up on these themes.
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