2013 News archive

Redmoor High School Academy Trust visit Festo

Redmoor High School Academy Trust visit Festo

10/12/13 

On the 6th December Festo welcomed 15 students to its Northamptonshire headquarters. It was clear from the start that this group were bristling with budding engineers and had been given a good grounding on STEM subjects by their school. Festo did not disappoint with a mixture of hands on workshops and chances to interact with the latest technologies during the visit. More...

Festo sponsors new Tottenham UTC

Festo sponsors new Tottenham UTC

3/12/13 

Festo are pleased to sponsor the new Tottenham University Technical College. Other core sponsors include Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and Middlesex University, National Instruments, Fusion Lifestyle, Mindsets UK and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. More...

Employee engagement workshop

Employee engagement workshop - like a Dog with a bone!

1/12/13 

An apt description of how delegates at the recent Works Managements Manufacturing Conference were feeling after their one hour workshop with Festo facilitators covering the topic of LEAN communication. More...

Silver medals at World Skills UK

Silver medals at World Skills UK

18/11/13

Congratulations to John Hedges & Connor Bing for representing Festo at the World Skills UK competition and bringing back their silver medals. The competition took place at The Skills Show from 14-16 November at the NEC, Birmingham. The Skills Show is a showcase for skills and provides the opportunity to bring young people and industry together. More...

Festo provides opportunities for young people to engage with engineering at Skills Show

Festo provides opportunities for young people to engage with engineering at Skills Show

12/11/13

Festo is a founding global partner of WorldSkills and sponsor of the UK National Skills Competition which takes place at The Skills Show on 14-16 November at the NEC, Birmingham. Festo  will supply mechatronics, mobile robotics and industrial control (the latter in partnership with Siemens) equipment for competitions in these skill areas. More...

Festo wins University Technical Colleges contract

Festo wins University Technical Colleges contract

8/11/13

Festo has been selected to work in partnership with five University Technical Colleges to provide learning systems in industrial automation for 21st century learning.  In addition, they have worked closely with the UTCs to develop a curriculum fit for the next generation of engineers to enter the workplace. More...

Festo go to Scarborough Fair

Festo go to Scarborough Fair

23/10/13 

Whilst many bemoan the shortage of skills and poor image of UK engineering a group of Companies in Scarborough have taken the bull by the horns and launched their own Engineering week to promote our industry to children of all ages. Festo were proud to help support them. More...

Festo supporting careers in food manufacturing

Festo supporting careers in food manufacturing

22/10/2013

Each year the University of Nottingham plays an important role in encouraging young people to embark upon careers in food manufacture by inviting school pupils thinking of going into tertiary education to attend a Summer school to get a taster of the great opportunities on offer. Festo was very pleased to support this event in the summer. More...

New College Leicester visit Festo

New College Leicester visit Festo

 6/10/13

We welcomed 15 pupils from year 10 to Festo headquarters in Northampton on Friday 20th September. They were soon enjoying participating in some engineering workshops and the opportunity to work the exhibition equipment. More...

Festo presents award for Best 3rd Year Dissertation

Festo presents award for Best 3rd Year Dissertation

5/10/13

As part of membership of the Northants Engineering Training Partnership (NETP), September saw Nigel Dawson of Festo present the award for the Best 3rd year dissertation on the Engineering Degree at Northampton University. The successful student, Mike Drake’s dissertation was entitled “Investigation into the Upgrading of Biogas to Biomethane for use as a Vehicle Fuel” and was assessed by a number of judges including engineers at Festo.  More... 

MSA Leicester

Next Machinery Safety Alliance Seminar

3/10/13

Leicester National Space Centre - 15th Oct 2013. Book your place to get advice from the experts on safety and learn how to reduce accidents and hazards. Festo is a member of the Machinery Safety Alliance, a unique collective in the UK, with each member contributing specialised knowledge from its field of technology and expertise, to provide an

all-encompassing and impartial view of machine safety. More...

Technical Hotline Support Engineer

Vacancy - Technical Support Hotline Engineer

24/09/13

Festo is a globally aligned independent family enterprise and has evolved into a performance leader within its respective industry over a period of 50 years as a result of innovation and problem solving competence covering all aspects of industrial automation.

We currently have an exciting opportunity to become a member of our Technical Hotline Team.  Find out more...

WM research

Lack of skilled labour being filled by middle management

18/9/13

A recent survey undertaken by Festo Training and Consulting and Works Management magazine shows that the UK manufacturing and engineering sector is still experiencing a shortage of skilled labour and that it is middle management that is plugging the shortfall. More...

Festo sponsors Community Outreach Award

Festo sponsors Community Outreach Award

13/9/13

Festo is pleased to sponsor the Community Outreach Award for the North West Automotive Alliance. The Community Outreach Award is aimed at companies who have demonstrated a real Corporate and Social responsibility to engage young people to invest their future into manufacturing and to develop their skills specifically towards the Automotive manufacturing sector. More...

Apprentices

Supporting Apprentice Development

12/9/13

Apprentices are key to developing young talent in our industry. As a manufacturer with our own apprentice programme we understand the challenges that many organisations face when they are looking to develop apprentices. More...

Minister for Youth Employment visits Festo

Minister for Youth Employment visits Festo

11/9/13

Angela Constance MSP and Minister for Youth Employment visited Festo HQ for an insight into vocational education and training policy in other European countries. At the invitation of the Ministry of Culture of Baden-Württemberg, Angela Constance MSP and her delegation were welcomed to Festo Headquarters in Germany by Dr. Theodor Niehaus, Managing Director of Festo Didactic. More...

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Next Machinery Safety Alliance seminar

6/9/13

Manchester Museum of Science & Industry - 11th Sep 2013. Book your place to get advice from the experts on safety and learn how to reduce accidents and hazards. Festo is a member of the Machinery Safety Alliance, a unique collective in the UK, with each member contributing specialised knowledge from its field of technology and expertise, to provide an all-encompassing and impartial view of machine safety. More...

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Festo supporting Gateway to China conference

5/9/13

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is hosting ‘Gateway to China’, an event to help UK companies discover and access automation business opportunities in Asia, on Sep 24th 2013 at the Mitsubishi Electric Europe Tokyo Conference Suite in Hatfield. Eberhard Klotz, Head of Marketing Products and Technology at Festo, will be one of the speakers. More...

Reaseheath Food Centre - Andrew Macpherson and Chandra Patel

Dairy Innovation Event at Reaseheath Food Centre

19/8/13

Festo's Andrew Macpherson and Chanda Patel attended the Dairy event hosted by Reaseheath College at their Food Centre in Cheshire.

The focus of the event was to showcase the latest industry product innovations specifically for Cheesemakers, dairy and ingredient manufacturers.  More...

Appetite for skills

Food Processing’s Appetite for Skills initiatives

2/8/2013

Festo is supporting Appetite for Skills who’s aim is to encourage and inspire young people to consider a career in engineering in the food and drink industry, starting through work placement, university/further education, degree courses or apprenticeships. More...

Lean engagement

A lean engagement

22/07/2013

When we consider lean manufacturing and the benefits that it can bring to business, we often fail to realise the impact that such a process can have on our employees. So, when we approach our staff geared up with excitement to announce a new lean manufacturing initiative, business leaders can be surprised by the lack of support from their workforce. More...

Festo achieve Investors in people Gold

Festo achieve Gold with Investors in people

11/07/2013

Festo has been awarded Gold Status from Investors in People, putting the company in the top 3% for world class business performance through its people. More...

Festo announced as key sponsors at Appetite for Engineering conference

Festo announced as key sponsors at Appetite for Engineering conference

4/07/2013

Festo announced as headline sponsor of the Appetite for Engineering conference to be held on 25 September 2013 at Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth. The exciting speaker line-up includes industry leaders such as Melanie Leech, Director General, Food & Drink Federation. More...

WorldSkills 2013

Festo inspires enthusiasm for technology at WorldSkills 2013 event

2/07/2013

Festo is this year once again supporting the WorldSkills competition in the Mechatronics and Mobile Robotics disciplines. Festo will be presenting current highlights from the Bionic Learning Network that are bound to appeal to young people with an interest in technology. More...

New Electric Drives sizing software offers 8.5 million solutions

New Festo Electric Drives sizing software offers 8.5 million solutions

26/06/2013

Festo's latest version of Positioning Drives software  designed to size axis, guides, motors and drives. Version 2.1.1 includes 8.5 million electric drive solutions, which are easily filtered by performance, accuracy, technology, product and even voltage. The software can perform complex calculations with just a few entries by the user and gives full dynamic results that can be printed. More...

ELRIG Lab automation event

Festo presented at Laboratory Automation convention

19/06/2013

Festo's Paul Kendall, Laboratory Automation Business Development Manager, recently presented an overview of developments for this vibrant sector. 

The European Laboratory Robotic Interest Group event hosted by Mitsubishi Electric at Hatfield included many interesting applications. More...

Food Manufacturing Engineering Group seminar

Food Processing for the future – FMEG seminar

19/06/2013

Festo was pleased to host the Food Manufacturing Engineering Group (FMEG) seminar yesterday at our Northampton premises. The event was aimed at those involved in Food manufacturing / Engineering wanting to find out what exciting developments are taking place in this sector. More...

Kingsthorpe College visit

Kingsthorpe College visit Festo

17/06/2013

We welcomed 24 children from year 10 to Festo HQ in Northampton on Friday 14th June. From an initial cold start to the world of engineering they were soon enjoying participating in some engineering workshops and the opportunity to work the exhibition equipment always goes down well. More...

Sunday Times Best Companies to work for 2013

Festo awarded Sunday Times Acreditation for the Best Companies to work for 2013

01/03/2013

Festo,  has been awarded a 1* Accreditation in the Sunday Times 2013 Best Companies Accreditation scheme, an award which recognises Festo as a first class company to work for. More