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

Posted on 2 Aug 2023 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.

Record-breaking number of aircraft orders recorded in H1 2023, best since 2010

A record-breaking 1,667 orders were placed for global aircraft in the first half of 2023, according to the latest report from ADS Group, the trade association for the aerospace, defence, security and space organisations, highlighting a 129 per cent increase in aircraft orders placed in the first half of 2023 compared to 2022 figures. Find out more on The Manufacturer

UK Government announces extension of CE mark recognition for businesses

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) has today announced its intention to indefinitely extend the use of CE marking for businesses, applying to 18 regulations owned by DBT.

This comes as part of a wider package of smarter regulations designed to ease business burdens and help grow the economy by cutting barriers and red tape. Following extensive engagement with industry, British firms will be able to continue the use of CE marking alongside UKCA. Find out more on GOV UK

UK Manufacturing PMI: Industry downturn deepens to seven-month low

The UK manufacturing industry’s downturn deepened in July, hitting a seven-month low, with output, new orders and export demand all declining, according to the latest S&P Global / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI®.

July saw the seasonally adjusted UK Manufacturing PMI fall to 45.3, the lowest it has been in 2023, down on June’s reading of 46.5. A reading below 50 suggests contraction in the sector and we have now been in this territory for 12 months. Find out more on The Manufacturer

Babcock launches Skills Academy to meet the challenges of tomorrow

Babcock International has launched the Babcock Skills Academy, to enhance its growing workforce’s capabilities and ensure it is equipped to meet the evolving challenges its customers will face in the future.

The Skills Academy uses a hybrid teaching model that combines cutting-edge digital resources and hands on training, to rapidly get our people ready to deliver the critical capabilities its customers need. Open to all employees and new recruits, the Skills Academy will operate in partnership with local education establishments and will complement Babcock’s award-winning early careers programmes. Find out more on Babcock

UK-based electric scooter manufacturer Zapp secures twin patents for innovative i300 Electric Urban Motorcycle

Zapp Electric Vehicles Group Limited, owner of a UK-based, high-performance two-wheeler electric vehicle brand, has announced it has been granted European patents for two components of its i300 electric urban motorcycle, which it anticipates will be ready for its first customer deliveries later this year.

The recognition from the European Patent Office relates to the i300’s Z-shaped exoskeleton and removable front fender. The grant of the patents highlights the innovative nature of the technology developed by Zapp to support the brand’s strategic vision, which encompasses the highest standards of design, performance, sustainability, manufacturing, and customer experience. Find out more on Zapp

DS Smith to acquire Serbian packaging company, Bosis doo

DS Smith, a leading global sustainable packaging provider, has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Bosis doo, a high-quality packaging company in Serbia. The acquisition is complementary to the business’ existing regional packaging activity in Eastern Europe, and will support its growth drive in the region. Find out more on The Manufacturer

MTA pledges to continue doing business with EU manufacturers

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), the trade body representing the UK’s engineering-based manufacturing community, has said strengthening trade links with European manufacturers must remain a top priority for its UK counterparts. Find out more on Production Engineering Solutions