Proactiveinvestors United Kingdom - Manufacturing RSS feed Proactiveinvestors United Kingdom - Manufacturing feed en Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:11:42 +0000 Genera CMS Tesla shares weak after Model 3 build slowdown Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:05:00 +0000 Applied Graphene Materials shares rise ahead of AGM Wed, 03 Jan 2018 09:52:00 +0000 Tesla faces competition for Model X after China's Nio releases car at half the price Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:19:00 +0000 PepsiCo reserves 100 of Tesla’s new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order so far Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:53:00 +0000 AB InBev reserves 40 Tesla electric semi-trucks Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000 Tesla demand waning as customers rather go elsewhere than wait for new vehicles, says analyst Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:08:00 +0000 Elon Musk goes plain boring as he bids to give Chicago a high speed train Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:14:00 +0000 Tesla flicks the switch on globe's largest lithium battery in South Australia Fri, 01 Dec 2017 07:33:00 +0000 Bitcoin blows past the US$11,000 level; Elon Musk denies being its mysterious inventor Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:54:00 +0000 DHL joins rush to pre-order Tesla electric trucks Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:42:00 +0000 RPC Group disappoints with organic growth rate Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:25:00 +0000 Tesla’s success to come at the expense of BMW, says UBS Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0000 Tesla’s new semi-truck could save companies up to US$30,000 a year in fuel costs Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:51:00 +0000 Tesla installs world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:42:00 +0000 Morgan Stanley believes Tesla shares will be “extremely volatile” next year Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:03:00 +0000 Tesla surprises the world by using truck launch to unveil the new Roadster Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:28:00 +0000 Tesla shifts sharply into reverse after cutting production guidance for Model 3 Thu, 02 Nov 2017 12:13:00 +0000 Tesla Model 3 production ramp-up the key issue in this evening's results statement Wed, 01 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000 Tesla fires hundreds of workers despite trying to ramp-up production Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:55:00 +0100 Tesla could miss its ‘iPhone moment’ warns Barclays if Model 3 production problems persist Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:12:00 +0100 Tesla shares ease after pushing back launch of its electric semi truck Mon, 09 Oct 2017 20:39:00 +0100 Tesla shares rally after Nomura starts coverage with a 'buy' rating and chunky US$500 price target Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:19:00 +0100 Tesla says “production bottlenecks” has hit planned ramp-up for new Model 3, with deliveries up 4.5% in third quarter Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:31:00 +0100 Tesla shares ease as Bernstein suggests botched Model 3 roll-out could trigger a “moment of panic” Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:50:00 +0100 Trifast on track as orders build Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:19:00 +0100 Tesla "groupthink" challenged by Jefferies Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:32:00 +0100 Tesla set to launch electric commercial truck in late October, says Elon Musk Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:08:00 +0100 Tesla helps customers flee Hurricane Irma in Florida by extending battery life of electric cars Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:47:00 +0100 Safestyle UK shares shatter on second profit warning in as many months Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:55:00 +0100 Tesla boss Elon Musk plays down North Korea threat and says AI could lead to World War III Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:19:00 +0100 Iplayco CFO discusses $0.04 EPS in 2017 business year; strong outlook for 2018 Iplayco (CVE:IPC) Chief Financial Officer Max Liszkowski explains in an interview with Proactive Investors’ Andrew Scott that despite reporting earnings per share of $0.04 for the 2017 business year, the company had thought the number would be higher.  A delay in certain sales that will instead be recognized in the first quarter and an unrealized foreign exchange loss held back fourth quarter results, and in turn those for the full year.  With recent acquisitions in Europe adding to the top and bottom lines, Liszkowski says “2018 will be a good year.”

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:12:00 +0000
'Firing on all points but in no way complacent' - Trifast's Malcolm Diamond Malcolm Diamond, chairman of Trifast PLC (LON:TRI) runs through the firm's results for the year to the end of March with Proactive's Stocktube.

''What we've done ... we've had the benefits of tailwinds in terms of foreign exchange mostly with the dollar and we've gone to great lengths to separate this gain from our normal trading profit - we don't want to take credit for something we can't control'', Diamond says.

He adds: ''Even so, the organic growth underneath has still been very healthy at around 5%''.

''It's also been a year of big investment for us ... especially in capital equipment in Italy and Asia and also in people''.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:11:00 +0100
Applied Graphene Materials' Jon Mabbitt on their 'protected, proven technology' Jon Mabbitt, chief executive of Applied Graphene Materials (LON:AGM) tells Proactive's Andrew Scott they have their own proprietary manufacturing technique for making the raw material graphene but a lot of the company's expertise is in how to get that material to deliver on property enhancements which can be used in real applications.

'Where we've identified our graphene delivers best performance are  in areas like paints and coatings and polymers and composites''.

''We have what is called a bottom-up method of manufacturing graphene which differentiates us from people who are splitting graphite down ... we synthesise, we make the graphene and that delivers some really interesting properties in the raw material''.

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:28:00 +0100
Iplayco's Max Liszkowski looking ahead to a 'very good' financial year Iplayco Corp Ltd’s (CVE:IPC) CFO Max Liszkowski runs Proactive through the company's latest quarterly update, in which they reported record sales of C$7.2mln and record earnings for the period ended Dec. 31

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:39:00 +0000
All eyes on 2017 for IPlayco Corp IplayCo Corp (CVE:IPC) has told investors it's expecting action they’ve taken to rectify contract overruns, one-offs and issues around foreign exchange to return them to profitability in the current year.

The children’s playground equipment specialist posted a loss of $955,000 in the year to the end of September. Sales too decreased by 1% to $17 mln over the year.

CFO Max Liszkowski tells Proactive: ''It was certainly a very disappointing year and the management team and board of directors are not happy with the results.''

''The topline miss, although slightly below last year, it was really a larger miss if compared to our plan - which we were expecting an increase of approximately $2 mln.''

Liszkowski adds: ''The biggest issue we had was the fairly large miss on margin - we were off by 8% on last year which is huge''.

''2016 was a bit of an ugly year for many aspects ... 2017 we're very hopeful that we can clean up a lot of this stuff and are very optimistic.''

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:44:00 +0000
First push into biomed 'very good for Versarien' says CEO Versarien Plc (LON:VRS) subsidiary 2-DTech is involved in a new project to develop a new generation of medical technologies, using graphene.

Chief executive Neil Ricketts tells Proactive: ''We've been put forward as a material supplier for this project. It's very good for us because it's not going to be too time consuming for our team and it gets our material out into a much wider audience''.

The project is funded by the UK government’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and it aims to explore how graphene can improve treatment of diseases including cancer, diabetes and dementia.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:44:00 +0100
Versarien Plc's AAC Cryoma acquisition is "absolutely transformational" says Ricketts Versarien Plc (LON:VRS) says its acquisition of specialist plastics manufacturing firm  AAC Cryoma Limited is "absolutely transformational" for the group.
It is the largest purchase by the group since the IPO and adds an already profitable business to the group, noted chief executive Neill Ricketts.
"It continues to build on our operating companies like Total Carbide but it already gives us a platform for the technology that we developed with the University of Manchester."
Versarien deals with some very large automotive original equipment manufacturers and is starting to get good traction, he added.
"For a young company like ours it's important that we fast track this technology through buying companies like this to be able to get to the market much quicker..."
Combining Versarien's existing graphene manufacturing capabilities with AAC Cyroma's knowledge and plant wil create the first dedicated graphene enhanced plastics manufacturing factory in the world
In its last financial year, the Banbury-based company posted a profit before tax of £166,000 on sales of £4.27mln, while net assets totalled £883,000.

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:08:00 +0100
The Autins Group CEO: Brexit an opportunity The chief executive of noise management firm The Autins Group (LON:AUTG), Jim Griffin, has said although June’s Brexit vote will present some challenges, the company is seeing it as an opportunity rather than a hindrance.
“[Brexit is] going to bring some new challenges,” Griffin said. “But I like that because that generally helps us bring in technology to meet that [new] demand.”
Griffin added that the plan was the same regardless of whether the outcome was ‘in’ or ‘out’, because history told him that it probably wouldn’t change much for his business.
“What I saw through the recession was people still bought cars. Yes they buy less, but it means you just have to go and chase more customers.”

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:24:00 +0100
IPlayCO Corp Ltd bounces back after tough second quarter Children's play equipment company iPlayCO Corp Ltd (CVE:IPC) is bouncing back after a tough second quarter.
The group said third quarter sales were up almost 40% and net income was just below US$99,000 versus a net second quarter loss of almost US$885,000.
Finance chief Max Liszkowski said the second quarter suffered from a negative foreign exchange effect, cost overruns and one-off costs.
"With that behind us, the third quarter was a lot more positive," he said.

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:10:00 +0100
Versarien boss Neill Ricketts looks forward to accelerating graphene business Having topped up the coffers with a £1.1mln funding for a new acquisition Versarien boss Neill Ricketts says shareholders have liked the group’s plans for its emerging graphene business.

“We are extremely well supported, and we’ve got a great shareholder list,” the chief executive said in an interview with Proactive Investors’ Stocktube.

Ricketts highlighted that shareholders are on board with the graphene focussed growth plans, and he is now looking forward to transforming the group and accelerating to get graphene products ‘out there’.

This morning Versarien announced existing institutional shareholders Henderson Global Investors and Miton Asset Management took shares in what was a fully subscribed placing. The placing shares are being issued at 10p per share.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:02:00 +0100
Versarien hitting milestones for disruptive tech commercialisation Neill Ricketts, chief executive of Versarien Plc (LON:VRS), says over the past year the advanced engineering materials specialist has hit significant milestones and there’s more to come. In terms of the graphene and the 3D printing space Ricketts is enthusiastic. “We’ve managed to get some really good test results which we’ll be telling the market about soon.”
Its low profile copper foam thermal solution is attracting the attention of the world’s largest companies including HP and Volkswagen.  In fact 105 companies have become new customers in the period which Ricketts says ‘bodes well for the future.”
The chief is also seeing “exponential growth’ in the amount of companies contacting Versarien and its partner CT Engineering about the wonder material graphene. “There’s real demand from industry to get their hands on this material.”  Ricketts says the priority now is to build capacity and build those relationships to become the dominant player in graphene.

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:02:00 +0100
Versarien tie-up with Tier 1 supplier to assist long term growth Neill Ricketts, chief executive of Versarien Plc (LON:VRS,) is confident the tie up with Airbus supplier CT Engineering will help his graphene-based business grow over the course of a long term relationship. “There’s no doubt in my mind that CT engineering are well placed having this international base of really, really good clients for us to be able to develop alongside them.”

CT specialises in carbon fibre technology and will use Versarien’s expertise in graphene to formulate the new range.  The companies are in close proximity to each other allowing both the design and engineering teams to work together easily on a range of products for the aerospace and automotive industries.

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:32:00 +0100
Better results ahead for Iplayco - CFO Max Liszkowski, chief financial officer of Iplayco (CVE:IPC), tells Proactive that the second half of the year is historically a lot stronger than the first for the children’s play equipment maker and the trend is continuing. “So definitely better results ahead and we anticipate to offset the year-to-date loss that we’ve had in the first half.”
The loss for the period was due to exceptional items including foreign exchange rates, a severance payment plus a contractual issue which Iplayco is pursuing a repayment on.
Liszkowski says there’s strength in the industry and “We anticipate to have even more announcements of larger contracts coming up.”

Fri, 13 May 2016 15:12:00 +0100
Trifast chair focused on over delivering on growth targets Malcolm Diamond, chairman at industrial fasteners maker Trifast PLC (LON:TRI), tells Proactive Investors that despite outward suggestions of a slowdown in China and concerns in the UK over a BREXIT, “we haven’t seen any significant slowdown with our customers”.

He adds that while the UK market has slowed slightly it has not been enough to miss its targets which are “always growth orientated”.

Diamond speaks to Proactive after the release of Trifast’s latest trading update in which the company said it was ahead of expectations in 2015.

“I like to think that we’ve established a reputation with shareholders for under promising and over delivering,” he says.

Trifast’s proposition, which includes low-cost manufacturing, logistics and the design and servicing of assembly lines, is a unique offering, with a number of its clients using it as a benchmark against its competitors, Diamond says.

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:21:00 +0100
Iplayco CFO says building blocks in place for growth in indoor playground market Max Liszkowski, chief financial officer of Iplayco (CVE:IPC), says the manufacturer of children's indoor play equipment is targeting larger contract wins now that its balance sheet has been strengthened.

The Canadian firm, which ranked among the top 10 best performing companies in the diversified industries sector on the TSX Venture Exchange last year, creates fun and safe play areas for children and has sold units to over 50 countries and to 16 different markets.

These include family entertainment centres, theme parks, shopping malls, restaurants, hospitals, zoos, churches and more.

Last year, it received an US$8.8mln investment by Saudi FAS Holding Company and its British Columbia subsidiary, FAS Entertainment B.C. --- together known as FAS -- which also happens to be one of its biggest customers, paving the way for a huge expansion of the company.

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:29:00 +0000
Versarien chief on importance of US patent Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien (LON:VRS), discusses the importance of US patent protection for its volume graphene platelet production process.

“The patent allows us to produce graphene in a very cost effective and stable way, something which been missing from the graphene scene," says Ricketts.

It adds to existing patent protection for the graphene production process which had already been granted in Europe.

Known as 2D –Tech, the process is a mechanical-chemical exfoliation technique pioneered at Ulster University.

Mon, 07 Sep 2015 10:26:00 +0100
Versarien CEO eyes commercial traction from younger business units The chief executive of advanced engineering materials group Versarien (LON:VRS), Neill Ricketts, expects enhanced profitability from all areas of the business going forward, including its younger units.

The firm generated revenues of £4.98mln from the sale of advanced materials in the twelve months to March 31.

It represents a 69% increase from the £2.6mln generated in the preceding year, albeit those accounts amounted to just nine months of sales.

Total Carbide, a manufacturer of sintered tungsten carbide, provides the revenue, provides the profitability and support for its other two units.

Versarien Technologies Limited - the copper foam operation - is the teenager of the bunch.

And then there is the “baby”, 2D-Tech, which has significant potential.

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:18:00 +0100
Graphene is the future for Versarien The CEO of advanced materials company Versarien, (LON:VRS) Neill Ricketts,  believes that the company is on the verge of becoming a game changer in the industry. The UK based company is at the forefront of disruptive technology in tungsten carbide products as well as micro-porous metal foams, that can be used in a variety of industries including aerospace, transportation and electronics.  But Neill Ricketts believes that their future lies with graphene. He also tells Proactive investors about the company’s long term plans for  European expansion.

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:13:00 +0100
Iplayco’s CFO on forecast growth for 2014 CVE:IPC), speaks with Proactive Investors at the VRIC 2014. Mr. Liszkowski discusses building the world’s largest indoor soft-play facility, business concentration, and forecast growth for 2014. ]]> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Iplayco positioned for growth as US economy recovers CVE:IPC), tells Proactiveinvestors that the company is well placed to benefit from the recovery in the US and says that sales and EPS this year are both forecast to beat the historical highs.]]> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:47:00 +0100