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IOMAC member aids first flight of the all new Airbus A350XWB

The recent first flight of the Airbus A350-900xwb was watched closely by a local Engineering Design office. Based at Spring Valley Estate in Braddan, Assystem (IOM) ltd carried out the structural design and analysis of the leading edge of the wing in conjunction with their office near Preston. Assystems customer for the project, Spirit Aerosystems (Europe) Ltd, is a risk sharing partner on the A350 aircraft program. Spirit AeroSystems inc is the World’s largest supplier of Aerostructures to the Aircraft Industry. The A350-900xwb is an all new aircraft, in its standard 3 class layout the baseline aircraft, which flew for…
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Engineering needs You!

Innovative new training programme launched for potential engineers. The Department of Economic Development has announced that applications are now open for a new and innovative two year full-time training programme aimed at developing and delivering a skilled workforce for the local manufacturing sector, which has an urgent and growing need for skilled staff. The "Manufacturing Technician Skills" programme is the culmination of many months of close co-operation with the Department of Education and Children (DEC) and the local manufacturing sector. It will be run at the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education.  Minister for Economic Development John…
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ADS to open regional office in the Isle of Man

The announcement was made at the Farnborough Air Show where the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster (IOMAC) – a partnership between the Department of Economic Development and the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce – are exhibiting as part of the UK’s North West Aerospace Alliance. The Isle of Man ADS office will be managed by the Department’s Business Development Manager for Manufacturing and Space, Adrian Moore, with support from IOMAC, the Department’s internal marketing team and Space Commerce consultants, Mansat. Commenting on the establishment of the new ADS office in the Isle of Man, Adrian Moore said: “I am…
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Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster boost for engineering students

Castle Rushen High School’s engineering students have been boosted by the arrival of a new milling machine, with help from funding by the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster. The ‘Bridgeport’ machine is a high quality, industry standard machine and its installation is intended to significantly improve students’ knowledge about the basic and advanced principles of the milling process, one of the core aspects of engineering. Headteacher of Castle Rushen High School, Andrew Cole, said: ‘On behalf of the School, I’d like to thank the members of the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster for assisting with funding and co-ordinating the acquisition…
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Manufacturing Sector Continues to Deliver Jobs Growth

In today’s challenging and uncertain economic times, it is perhaps easy to think that the Island’s economy, famously underpinned by financial services, will ebb and flow with the global tide, dictated by the world’s financial markets. The manufacturing sector however, is continuing to provide a solid foundation for growth, building on the Island’s long established track-record of creating products and services which are world class. Manufacturing businesses in the Isle of Man support the global supply chain and export high quality products and services which are fundamental to many household names and industry blue chip companies. Our distinguished list of…
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IOMAC launches "Journey to Process Excellence"

Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster starts its Journey to Process Excellence The Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster (IOMAC) has announced the launch of an influential new programme designed to benchmark its participating members against world class business standards and to assist the Cluster’s competitiveness globally. The Journey to Process Excellence (JTPE) is a business improvement tool based on Rolls-Royce’s model of process excellence. It enables businesses in the aerospace and high-tech manufacturing sectors to measure their own capabilities and resilience against a world class model and from there develop a tailored strategy to drive improvement for elements such as quality…
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Manx Company Makes A Name For Precise Engineering

An expanding high precision engineering company has drawn on its Manx roots for a name change to help reinforce a change of direction in the markets it serves. Kiartys Ltd is the new name for the Isle of Man based company which was formerly known as Tritec, "kiartys" being the Manx word for precise, true. The change heralds the completion of the latest stage of a transition which has seen the company move from its staple business in tool and mouldmaking to concentrate on high precision engineering principally for the aerospace, automotive, marine, medical leisure and electronics industries.
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