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Digital readout systems as well as linear and rotary encoders from HEIDENHAIN (GB) will be demonstrating their powerful yet easy-to-use functionality at WorldSkills 2011, the world’s largest international skills competition featuring 1,000 competitors from over 53 countries.


In December 2010, John Thornton and Tim Buckley took full control of Kirkstall Precision, a subcontract machining facility in Leeds, following a management buyout three years earlier.

UNISON supports world motorcycle land speed record attempt

The tube bending machinery specialist Unison is helping the Angelic Bulldog Project – an attempt on the world motorcycle land speed record – by creating the roll cage for the streamliner bike. Unison's work included the manufacture of custom tooling to accommodate the unique shape of the bike, together with the bending of various tube sections on a precision all-electric bending machine.

Maiden open house a success for WNT

Visitors to the very first open house at WNT (UK)’s new showroom and technical centre were duly impressed by what they saw, both in terms of cutting tool demonstrations and the facilities on-hand.

Heller chooses Beakbane for tool magazine fabrications

Beakbane has invested in new plant and facilities and taken on new staff after winning a contract from Heller UK to manufacture hundreds of heavy fabrications for machining centre tool magazines.

Six German machine tool manufacturers to be promoted on one stand

The very best in 3- to 5-axis machining centres, advanced mill-turning lathes and industrial cleaning machines will be promoted on the Geo Kingsbury Machine Tools stand at Aero Engineering 2011.

Laser Cutting Co order UK's first trulaser tube 7000

The Laser Cutting Company of Sheffield, a subcontractor specialising largely in tubular fabrication, has taken delivery of the UK’s first TruLaser Tube 7000 tube laser cutting machine. Although the fourth tube laser on site, it is the first from TRUMPF.

Titanium medical implants produced four times faster

At the Bridgend factory of orthopaedic implant manufacturer, Biomet, acetabular shells for replacement hips are turn-milled from titanium bar in a quarter of the time it used to take a decade ago.

Aerospace subcontractor strengthens 5-axis machnining capability

In 2005, Midland Aerospace installed its first 5-axis machining centre from DMG, a DMU 70 eVo. The Sutton-in-Ashfield subcontractor now operates six machines from the same supplier for fully interpolative, 5-axis prismatic metalcutting, as well as a CNC lathe.

New Star SW-20 sliding-head lathe to be launched at EMO 2011

With its two tool platens in front of and behind the spindle centreline, Star's new SW-20 sliding-headstock mill-turning centre with 11 CNC axes will make its European debut at EMO 2011.