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

Posted on 2 Nov 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.

UK Manufacturing PMI: Industry downturn continues as Q4 unfolds

The UK manufacturing industry continued its contraction in October, with difficult and uncertain market conditions leading to output, new orders and employment all declining, according to the latest S&P Global / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI®. More via The Manufacturer

AI set to revolutionise military engineering capabilities

A new AI tool could produce solutions to military engineering problems in seconds, helping keep more vehicles at readiness for deployment.

At Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, a collaborative project between 1710 Naval Air Squadron (based in HMNB Portsmouth), DE&S Digital AI Team and Royal Navy Engineers is showcasing pioneering new capabilities to innovative defence software tool, ‘Motherlode’ which now utilises artificial intelligence.

‘Motherlode’ is now an artificially intelligent software that processes aircraft maintenance data at a rapid pace, reducing lengthy problem-solving tasks down to seconds. This cutting-edge software ensures that engineering problems are detected at the earliest possible point, rather than when the fault becomes problematic, allowing personnel to order spares ahead of issues arising. More via GOV UK

2 Sisters Food Group donates one million meals in food manufacturing partnership first

Leading Food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group has today (November 1st) announced a ground-breaking new partnership with customer M&S and Fareshare, the food charity, with plans to donate one million bespoke, targeted meals for those in need in the run-up to Christmas.

In an industry first, the meals will be made and donated from three 2 Sisters’ factory locations across the UK to Fareshare directly. The meals have been prepared especially for this initiative and unlike previous schemes, do not come from surplus or waste, but have capitalised on under-utilised capacity in the 2 Sisters network. More via 2 Sisters Food Group

DS Smith to deliver 100% recycled and recyclable packaging for Philips

DS Smith has collaborated with Versuni, home to some of the world’s most renowned domestic appliance brands, to produce and deliver 100% recycled and recyclable packaging solutions.

The new boxes are made with 100% recycled paper with durability for transportation. This sustainable packaging will be extended across Versuni’s Philips home appliance global product portfolio and will initially be applied to Versuni’s top performing Philip’s products including the Air fryer, Espresso Machine with Latte Go, Stream Iron 3000 series, Air Purifier, and Cordless Vacuum 800 series. Versuni will then expand this to encompass its full Phillips portfolio globally. More via The Manufacturer

Alexander Dennis unveils next-generation electric buses offering more choice, more flexibility and more value with industry-leading energy throughput and warranties

Alexander Dennis has launched its next generation of battery-electric buses for the UK and Ireland with the unveiling of the new Enviro100EV small bus and Enviro400EV double decker. They provide a step change in performance and are part of a wider family of next-generation zero-emission buses.

The new buses have been engineered fully in house as zero-emission vehicles from the ground up. They introduce a stunning new design language that emphasises their zero-emission credentials and allows local authorities and bus operators to make a landmark statement of their investment in a cleaner fleet. More via Alexander Dennis

The Manufacturing Technology Centre unlocks innovation potential with Meltio 3D Printer

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) has opened up new research and development potential for UK-based additive manufacturing by investing in a Meltio M450 3D printer.

Featuring groundbreaking laser direct energy deposition (DED) technology, the machine can process both wire and powder and allows quick changeover of materials, enabling the development of parts printed with 2 or more materials. Combined with the MTC’s deep end-to-end knowledge and expertise in additive manufacturing (AM) and material science, the organisation’s new acquisition will enable innovative remanufacture and repair processes, in a variety of materials, for a range of industries. More via The Manufacturer

Musk says Tesla aims to make 200,000 Cybertrucks a year

Tesla (TSLA.O) is aiming to make 200,000 units of its electric pickup truck, Cybertruck, per year, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Tuesday.

The company had earlier said that Tesla had the capacity to make more than 125,000 Cybertrucks annually, with Musk adding there was potential to lift it to 250,000 in 2025.

The deliveries of the much-awaited pickup truck will begin on Nov. 30, nearly four years after it was unveiled by Musk at an event in Los Angeles, where his head of design cracked the vehicle’s “armor glass” window with a metal ball while demonstrating a series of tests to the audience. More via Reuters