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Visit of BLOODHOUND Landspeed car helps highlight careers in engineering

The BLOODHOUND Landspeed car and team visited the Isle of Man Motor Museum in Jurby on Friday 22nd September to help promote careers in engineering and technology to students from the Island's five secondary schools, as part of the broader Awareness of Careers in Engineering project (ACE).BLOODHOUND is a British project that aims to set a new land speed World Record with a car designed to attempt speeds of 1,000mph, with the first run of the car taking place next month in Cornwall.  Local engineering firm Swagelok has designed and manufactured one of the components of the car and representatives of…
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2017 Launch of the Three-Year Aerospace Cluster Strategy

The Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster (IOMAC) has announced its three-year Cluster Strategy outlining a number of key objectives that it aims to achieve by 2020.The Department of Economic Development is one of the seven public and private sector organisations that make up the IOMAC's committee. The new strategy focuses on promoting and developing Isle of Man aerospace companies in order to achieve global recognition for its performance, competence, infrastructure and environment. The strategy also focuses on objectives to help sustain its international market leading position within high technology and aerospace industries.Lawrie Hooper MHK, Department member with responsibility for Manufacturing…
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Chairman of Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster recognised in prestigious industry Top 100

Adrian Moore, Chairman of the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster (IOMAC) and Business Development Manager at the Department of Economic Development, has received a Manufacturer Top 100 award. The awards, presented by The Manufacturer magazine, recognised outstanding individuals within the sector. The Manufacturer also publishes details of award winners within their annual Top 100 publication.In his nomination, Adrian was described as 'an inspiring leader, a driver of cultural change and an unsung hero' within the sector.Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for the Department of Economic Development commented:'Adrian's position in the Top 100 recognises the astounding amount of work going on to…
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Isle of Man Apprentice Engineer Honoured at 2017 NWAA Awards

An apprentice engineer from the Isle of Man was among the winners at the recent North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) New Talent Awards, an event run in partnership with the Department of Economic Development and the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster.Held on 2nd March 2017 at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester, the awards recognise and reward the achievements of young apprentices and graduates from the North West of England and the Isle of Man's aerospace and defence industry.Following fierce competition and entries from organisations across the North West and Isle of Man, local apprentice Robert Kermode from Triumph Group,…
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Royal Visit to Triumph

The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, has visited the Triumph Actuation Systems facility in School Road, Onchan. Triumph were delighted to host the visit, particularly as the timing coincided with two significant anniversaries for the business. This year is the 1st anniversary of ownership by the Triumph Group Inc. who purchased the business from GE Aviation in June 2014. 2015 also marks the 50th year of operations of the business at the School Road site. General Manager Chris Allen commented “The Princess Royal was given a brief overview of the company, its products and their applications and then was taken on a…
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Jobs Success for Engineering Students

The first group of students to complete the Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) have all been given offers of employment with local manufacturing firms.The 12 students, who started the course in September 2013, were interviewed during the Engineering and Manufacturing Careers event on March 11th. Four manufacturers – Kiartys, RLC Ronaldsway, Swagelok and Triumph Actuation Systems - have now concluded their recruitment process and offers conditional upon satisfactory completion of the course have been made.The students will join the companies as apprentices this summer and will continue their training for up to 12 more…
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Advanced Manufacturing centre of excellence a boost for industry

A training facility that will boost one of the Island's most important industries will be declared open this month.The former Department of Economic Development (DED) training centre at Hill's Meadow has been given a £1 million refit by the Department of Education and Children (DEC) to form a dedicated engineering training centre of excellence.Tim Crookall MHK, Minister for Education and Children, will formally open the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre on Wednesday 15 October.Its creation has allowed the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education to double the intake on its newly reshaped Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering from this…
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Join us at Farnborough International Airshow 2014

The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA2014) prides itself on facilitating first-class business opportunities for the global aerospace industry. As one of the world’s largest exhibitions and air displays, the show provides a wealth of dedicated and focused business platforms. Representatives from the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster will be present throughout the show and can be found on the NWAA stand in Hall 1. For further details visit www.farnborough.com FIA2014 will feature a number of conference events hosted by ADS, Aviation Week and exhibitors. Full details of planned events can be found on the FIA2014 Website.
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Strong jobs growth reported for Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster

The Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster (IOMAC) recently held its 25th Quarterly Forum at the Nunnery in Douglas hosted by the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) of which it is a partner member, and there was particularly good news in terms of jobs. Latest figures from the 21 businesses that are members of the Cluster show that they employ a total of 881 engineers and support staff, which is nearly 6% up on the figure of a year ago (837) and 38% more than in 2006 at the creation of the cluster.  The Department’s Political Member for Manufacturing Leonard Singer…
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North West ties strengthened with signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Liverpool Vision

The Department of Economic Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Liverpool Vision which will assist in the promotion and development of economic co-operation and overseas investment between the Isle of Man and Liverpool City Region.  Minister for Economic Development John Shimmin MHK and Chief Executive for the Department of Economic Development Chris Corlett today (26th) signed the agreement with Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson and Max Steinberg CBE, Chair of the International Festival for Business 2014 and Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision, the city’s economic development company.  The Minister commented: ‘This agreement builds on our existing good relationship with…
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