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      STEM Matters: Revisiting the gap... (05/03/2018)

      The STEM skills gap has been a perennial problem for the UK engineering and manufacturing industries – but it feels as if a crunch point might be coming. In the past decade, the narrative around the value of the industry to the UK’s economy (and of STEM education in supporting their contribution) has been gradually – and positively – shifting...

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      ElectroTestExpo returns for its eighth year… (07/02/2018)

      Back in 2010, a group of leading test equipment vendors, disillusioned by the lack of a forum to present the latest technological advances in electronics testing, established ElectroTestExpo – a co-operative event aimed at hardware design and production test engineers interested in the latest tool developments. This piece previews this year’s upcoming event...

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      Testing and deploying the next generation of technology (02/01/2018)

      NIDays, National Instruments’ annual graphical system design conference and exhibition, brought together several hundred like-minded engineers and scientists from many industries at a brand-new venue, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher. This piece reports on the event.

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      Familiar faces in new surroundings (06/12/2017)

      Southern Manufacturing & Electronics celebrates its 20th Anniversary in style, as it becomes the first major exhibition to take place in the newly-built Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre: a £35m state-of-the-art permanent venue on the site of the iconic airshow. This piece discusses how the show provides an ideal forum for design engineers, suppliers and specifiers from a wide spectrum of engineering enterprises.

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      productronica: the international meeting place for the PCB and EMS industry (31/08/2017)

      productronica, the world’s leading trade fair for electronics development and production, will take place at the Messe München exhibition centre in Munich, Germany from November 14–17, 2017. Almost 40,000 attendees from more than 80 countries will travel to the show, over half of them international visitors.

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      Nurturing the engineers of tomorrow, today (17/08/2017)

      The skills shortage that faces the UK engineering sector is widely recognised. The issue is not new, but it is one that is escalating and whose impact is potentially far-reaching.

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      Northern Manufacturing & Electronics returns for fifth year (02/08/2017)

      This piece discusses how the show, situated at the centre of one of the UK’s key regions for manufacturing and engineering, provides an ideal forum for design engineers, suppliers and specifiers from a wide spectrum of engineering enterprise.

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      Editorial: Holiday musings (24/07/2017)

      I was lucky enough to enjoy a summer holiday – on this occasion, travelling to Thailand on my first ever visit to Asia, for almost two blissful weeks. As with so many situations, my trip got me thinking about technology and how it has transformed our lives and the world around us.

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      Adventures in STEM: Women in Engineering (24/07/2017)

      In addition to overall low uptake of STEM subjects, women are also significantly under-represented in the engineering sector. This not only exacerbates the skills gap we already face, but also means an important perspective and source of talent is not being reflected in the work our engineering communities do.