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Plexus to offer stress screening at Kelso site

As part of its continued programme of growth within EMEA, Plexus is investing in a dedicated building and equipment to undertake environmental stress screening (ESS) at its Kelso site in Scotland. According to the company, the new facility will service customers in the defence, security and aerospace sectors, as well as oil and gas.

Booming business sees relocation to bigger premises

Continuing and sustained growth in Verotec’s modified and custom business has required the company to move to new premises. The new facility is said to double the space available for the design department, enabling extra CAD seats to be introduced.

Plane powered by hybrid-electric drive system

Following the announcement last April that Siemens and Airbus have partnered to build hybrid-electric drive systems for regional flights, an electrically-powered aerobatic aircraft, the Extra 330LE, successfully underwent its maiden flight last week.

Government to reform post-16 technical education

The Independent Panel for Technical Education’s report, chaired by Lord Sainsbury, has recommended simplifying the current system so that technical education is provided through 15 routes. There are currently more than 20,000 technical courses provided by 160 different organisations and an engineer student must choose from 501 possible courses.

Imec, ARM to work on 7nm and beyond

ARM has joined imec’s INSITE programme and will work within the partnership to address the impact of circuit design and system level architecture on power, performance, area and cost of process nodes from 7nm and beyond.

Semi sales show slight increase

According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $26billion in May 2016, an increase of 0.4% compared to April 2016, but 7.7% lower than May 2015.

Imec opens photonics R&D facility in Florida

Imec has opened a facility in Florida that will focus on photonics and high-speed electronics IC design. As part of the move, imec has signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Central Florida, Osceola County and the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research that will establish fab facilities for the development and production of III-V-on-silicon solutions for a broad range of applications.

2D materials enable ‘first useful’ charge-density wave based device

Researchers from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and the University of Georgia have used three 2D materials – graphene, tantalum sulphide and boron nitride – to create a simple, compact and fast voltage controlled oscillator (VCO). According to the team, the part is the first useful device that exploits the potential of charge density waves to modulate an electrical current through a 2D material.

Councils not on track for smart city delivery

New research, commissioned by street lighting experts Lucy Zodion and conducted by independent research agency, DJS Research, has highlighted the risk that many local governments are lacking the budget, leadership and capability to progress smart initiatives and connected technology in cities across the UK.

UK engineering unites after EU Referendum

A number of organisations representing the engineering profession have come together to provide advice to the government for EU negotiations following the UK referendum. The group contends that engineering accounts for 27% of UK’s GDP and more than half its exports and therefore could be seriously affected by changes to the export markets.

Battery performance boosted, says research team

Materials researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and ETH Zurich have developed what is described as a simple and cost effective procedure that can enhance the performance of conventional Li-ion rechargeable batteries. The scalable process is also said to increase battery storage capacity and reduce charging times.

Avnet Memec and Silica unite

Following the announcement last year, Avnet Memec and Silica have officially formed one company, Avnet Silica. The newly combined business unit will be the European semiconductor specialist division for Avnet, supplying 15,000 customers.

Harwin opens new UK manufacturing facility

Harwin has officially opened its new manufacturing centre in Portsmouth which is dedicated to increased automation and R&D facilities. The £3illion, 3000m² building, which increases the facilities floor space by 33%, was opened by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

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