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

Posted on 1 May 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.

Bentley breaks ground on new paint shop

Bentley Motors has taken the next step on its journey to become fully electric and the world’s most sustainable luxury automotive manufacturer with a ground-breaking ceremony for a new Paint Shop in Crewe.

This investment transforms an 85 year old site for a new age of electrification and confirms Bentley’s commitment to Crewe, England. More via The Manufacturer

Sensodyne-maker Haleon to shut UK plant, 435 jobs to go

Haleon, the world’s largest standalone consumer healthcare firm, will shut its UK production site which makes Sensodyne toothpastes by 2026, leading to 435 job losses, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The company, also home to brands like Advil painkillers and Centrum vitamins, has been focused on reducing its debt after being spun-off from drugmaker GSK in 2022. More via Reuters

Building materials firm invests £45m in Stowmarket plant

A Turkey-based sustainable building materials company is set to launch its first UK manufacturing site at Stowmarket’s Gateway 14 – along with a new office in Ipswich.

Assan Panel – an affiliate of Kibar Holding – is investing up to £45m in the new facility off the A14 – which benefits from being part of Freeport East. More via East Anglian Daily Times

Better Cotton joins drive to scale more sustainable cotton production in Africa

Better Cotton, the world’s largest cotton sustainability initiative, is to conduct sustainability mapping and assessments in West and Central Africa to enhance its understanding of the needs of smallholder farmers in the region and identify context-specific interventions.

Funded by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), these assessments will inform ways in which targeted support can aid the production of more sustainable and regenerative cotton across Better Cotton’s programmes in Mali and Côte d’Ivoire – which engage a combined 200,000 farmers and farm workers. More via The Manufacturer

Greene King unveils plans for new £40m brewery in Bury St Edmunds at Suffolk Park

Brewing giant Greene King has unveiled plans for a new £40 million brewery in Bury St Edmunds.

The company plans to build the state-of-the-art facility at Suffolk Park, next to Moreton Hall, where it is already fitting out its new distribution centre.

Brewing will continue at the existing Westgate Brewery in Bury until the new project is complete. More via Suffolk News

Hologic agrees to acquire UK medical device manufacturer for $310m

Hologic has signed an agreement for the acquisition of Endomagnetics (Endomag), a developer of breast cancer surgery technologies, in a deal valued at nearly $310m.

The acquisition price is subject to adjustments based on working capital and other standard closing conditions.

Endomag specialises in innovative technologies for breast surgery, including the Magseed marker, Magtrace lymphatic tracing injectable, and the Sentimag platform. More via Medical Device Network

Predictions on industrial 5G from Mobile World Congress 2024

It’s no secret that 5G is set to supercharge industrial productivity. Hailed as the ‘next generation’ of wireless tech, it’s already enabling faster, more reliable and more efficient processing thanks to its advantages of high-speed, low-latency connectivity.

It’s no surprise then, that 5G was a major focus point at this year’s Mobile World Congress 2024 event. More via The Manufacturer