Daily Manufacturing News Digest – the industry stories you should be aware of today

Posted on 1 Mar 2024 by The Manufacturer

Each day The Manufacturer compiles the top manufacturing news stories from around the web. To make your life a little easier, we trawl through all the major trade publications, broadsheets and business magazines to find you the most important manufacturing news each morning. Don't forget to bookmark this page and check back daily.

UK car makers accelerate in January

UK car production got off to a fast start in January, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Volumes rose 21.0% to 82,997 units, marking the best January performance since 2021 and the fifth straight month of growth as global demand for British-built brands continued to grow and legacy supply chain challenges, notably semiconductor shortages, abated. More via The Manufacturer

Apple cancels electric vehicle plans

Apple has reportedly cancelled its plans to make electric vehicles (EVs).

The thousands of people who have been working on “Project Titan”, which has been at least a decade in the making, will be moved to Apple’s artificial intelligence division. More via Bloomberg

UK-based autonomous mining vehicle maker announces collaboration with pioneering technology company

Tribe Technology PLC, a disruptive developer and manufacturer of autonomous mining equipment, has entered into a joint development agreement with Veracio Australia Pty Ltd, a pioneering technology company with a principal focus on orebody knowledge.

Under the terms of the agreement, Tribe Tech and Veracio will jointly develop a new and novel system for blast hole chip sampling, incorporating Tribe Tech’s proprietary intellectual property (IP) and Veracio’s proprietary IP. More via Global Mining Review

£4bn battery manufacturing facility to support UK’s green energy transition

Stantec has been selected to provide integrated design services for Agratas, Tata Group’s global battery business, which is building a battery cell manufacturing facility on the Gravity Smart Campus in Somerset. The new advanced manufacturing facility, comprising three separate buildings with associated ancillary structures, will create up to 4,000 jobs on-site over the lifespan of the project and thousands more in the supply chain. More via The Manufacturer

New Farnborough International Space Show to reconnect the global Space community

Last month Farnborough International (FIL) announced the launch of Farnborough International Space Show, a new, annual UK space industry event to pioneer the commercial space age. Taking place between 19-20 March 2025 at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, the event will connect the global space community across industry, defence, government and academia. More via ADS Group

£11.5m bioinnovation boost set to transform UK manufacturing

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is backing 21 cross-sector collaborations designed to spark innovation, commercialisation and growth in UK sustainable biomanufacturing.

This latest investment from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK will harness the collective expertise of industry and academia. It will develop novel solutions that drive advancements in sustainable biomanufacturing. More via UKRI

Rolls-Royce supplies mtu large-scale battery storage to secure the Latvian national grid

Rolls-Royce has received an order from the Latvian transmission system operator Augstsprieguma tikls (AST) to supply an mtu large-scale battery storage system to secure the Latvian power grid. In 2025, Latvia, together with the other Baltic states, will synchronize its energy supply system with the continental European power grid. More via Rolls-Royce

Alexander Dennis delivers 67 low-emission Enviro200 for Rotala’s Bee Network fleet

Alexander Dennis has announced that it is in the process of delivering 67 Enviro200 low-emission buses to Rotala-owned Diamond Bus North West for use on Transport for Greater Manchester Bee Network services.

Alexander Dennis officially handed over the new buses on 27th February at the Diamond Bus depot in Eccles in the presence of Vernon Everitt, Transport Commissioner at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. More via Alexander Dennis

International Women’s Day 2024: role models for future generations

Kirsty Pinnell, Composites Engineer – Design Lead at the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland) and former F1 design engineer, looks ahead to IWD 2024. More via The Manufacturer