New stylish cabin-sized aluminium cases for your next getaway

The suitcase is crafted in Rimowa’s signature aluminium casing, embellished subtly with Fendi’s FF logo.

Should your travel bags be replaced after laying dormant for so long? Well, German luggage brand Rimowa and Italian fashion atelier Fendi have collaborated on a must-have collection of cabin-sized cases.

Coupling Rimowa’s long lineage of craftsmanship and industrial know-how with high-quality, luxurious Fendi details, the Classic Cabin features black Cuoio Romano leather handles on the top and side while Fendi’s emblematic FF logo appears with a brushed effect on the aluminium body, which changes depending on the light.


Changes to placing CE marked goods on the GB market

On 24 August, the UK government announced plans to introduce legislation which will enable CE marked goods to continue being placed on the GB market until 1 January 2023.

Along with other government departments, HSE has been working hard to support industry in making the transition to the new UKCA regime and we are grateful for all the work you and your sector have already done to prepare.

However, we are aware that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impact businesses, and this has made adapting to the new regime more challenging. As a result, the government has decided to provide an additional year for businesses to adapt to the new UKCA requirements.

This means that all product sectors, including civil explosives, now have until 1 January 2023 to get ready to use the UKCA marking, with the exception of medical devices.

This is the final deadline and there will be no further extension. There is a complete list of all the sectors covered by the UKCA marking on the GOV.UK website.

Please refer to the updated guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) which reflects the changes for placing all manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain.

They will host a further webinar aimed at all businesses on Thursday 2 September at 2pm. This is intended to help businesses understand the changes and actions they need to take. We encourage you to share this with other interested businesses – register for the event.

We are fully committed to supporting industry adapt to the UKCA regime. Over the next 16 months, HSE will continue to engage actively with you and support your preparations for the new requirements.


Forecasts for the UK economy

Forecasts for the UK economy is a monthly comparison of independent forecasts.

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Negotiations on the UK’s Future Trading Relationship with New Zealand: Update

The sixth round of free trade agreement negotiations with New Zealand took place between 19-30 July 2021.

Both countries are committed to concluding a high-quality free trade agreement (FTA), setting a precedent for high standard FTAs in the future.

We have now provisionally closed nine chapters and one annex in total. In Round 6, significant progress was made in the following areas:

  • Express Delivery Services (Annex):

    These provisions give legal certainty to UK delivery service suppliers by offering reassurance that the regulatory environment provides a level playing field. Securing commitments on this essential part of the supply chain enables smoother delivery of goods between our countries.

  • Anti-Corruption:

    Corruption acts as a barrier to free trade by increasing the cost of doing business. The chapter covers provisions relating to whistleblowing, embezzlement, money laundering, and other areas. Having strong global standards based on an international rules-based approach allows businesses to compete fairly. If businesses cannot compete fairly, the costs are ultimately shifted onto consumers and taxpayers. Doing business with integrity is beneficial to the medium-long term prosperity at both a national and corporate level.

  • Development:

    Trade agreements between two developed economies can impact on developing countries that are not party to the agreement. Development provisions recognise the role that trade and investment can play in contributing to positive economic and social development outcomes; whilst creating opportunities for UK firms and consumers, e.g., lowering prices, and opening fast-growing markets for UK exporters.

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Can You Weld Aluminium to Steel?

While it is possible to join aluminium easily to most metals using mechanical fastening or adhesive bonding, welding aluminium to steel requires other techniques such as arc and friction welding. While the lightweighting qualities of aluminium are well known, it is not always possible to completely replace steel with aluminium, which leads to a need to join the two materials. This can prove difficult due to the different melting temperatures and the fact that they are virtually insoluble together. This FAQ investigates the challenges and solutions for welding aluminium to steel:

Welcome to our new board member Geoff Scamans

Geoff Scamans is a Professor of Metallurgy at Brunel University and is the Chief Scientific Officer at Innoval Technology. His expertise is in aluminium alloys and their applications in the automotive and aerospace industries and in knowledge transfer from the research base to industry. His main interests are in developing higher performance recycled aluminium alloys and in the closed loop recycling of end-of-life aluminium scrap in order to transform the aluminium industry from primary to secondary production dominance. He has developed and managed a significant number of Innovate UK supported collaborative R&D projects on the sustainable use of aluminium sheet, extrusions and castings in industrial applications with, for example, automotive OEMs including JLR, Nissan, BMW and Volvo. These collaborative projects span applications from transportation to construction, packaging and energy with a core theme of full metal circulation. These have delivered major technological advances, including the development of high-performance alloys with excellent mechanical properties and structural integrity that can be fabricated using 100% recycled scrap content.

Geoff was awarded the Gold Medal by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). The IOM3’s Gold Medal is a premier award presented to a company, team or individual who has made a significant contribution to the industrial application of materials. The award was presented at a gala dinner in London on 11th July 2019 to mark the IOM3’s 150th anniversary. The award recognised a remarkable record of internationally acclaimed, multidisciplinary research that spans several decades and every element of the materials cycle. Although, best known for his pivotal work on surface engineering and corrosion mechanisms in aluminium alloys, work that remains the leading reference material on the subject to this day, the award acknowledged the tirelessly campaigning for sustainable manufacturing and the efficient use of materials, especially aluminium. This has been inculcated in the vision of full metal circulation that is the core of the Circular Metals Centre and the Liquid Metal Engineering Hub at the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology at Brunel University.

Geoff was presented with the Aluminium Industry Award at the Aluminium Federation’s 2017 dinner. This recognised both his academic achievements and his industrial career that started at Alcan International in Banbury in 1974. He became, perhaps their youngest, Principal Scientist in 1983 a role he continued when moving to Innoval Technology in 2003 a company he helped found based on the principle of joint ownership of all employees. The award also reflected his world authority on automotive light-weighting and his involvement with aluminium car body development for Ford and then Jaguar Land Rover that resulted in their current range of aluminium intensive vehicles and the closed loop recycling system for press shop scrap. It was noted by AlFed that “Geoff has succeeded not only in becoming the aluminium “go-to” expert, but also in developing and nurturing younger and talented scientists throughout his career”.  He is only the fourth recipient of this rare award.

Letter to the manufacturing sector about taking action to fight climate change

UK Net Zero Business Champion Andrew Griffith MP has written to organisations in the manufacturing sector about steps they can take to fight climate change.

His letter asks organisations in the manufacturing sector to make a formal commitment to net zero as part of the Together For Our Planet Business Climate Leaders campaign.

It encourages organisations to read the UK Business Climate Hub for guidance on how they can fight climate change.

Read more including the letter: Climate change