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

Posted on 4 Jan 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.

Transition to zero emission vehicle by 2035 becomes law

The UK’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate that will force all manufacturers to make cars and vans emission free by 2035 is now law

The ZEV mandate sets out the percentage of new zero emission cars and vans manufacturers will be required to produce each year up to 2030.

It targets 80% of new cars and 70% of new vans sold in Great Britain to be zero emission by 2030, increasing to 100% by 2035. More via AM Online

Group Rhodes granted worldwide patents for superplastic forming technology

Group Rhodes, one of the UK’s largest original equipment manufacturers, has been granted patents in Europe and China for its Superplastic Forming (SPF) and Diffusion Bonding (DB) technology. More via The Manufacturer

Workwear Uniform Group makes major investment into AI warehouse

A £15m investment has been made by Workwear Uniform Group (WWUGL), to create a fully-automated warehousing and distribution system.

The AutoStore technology is set to rapidly increase the speed that items are picked and dispatched and in turn will improve the quality of customer service and significantly reduce carbon emissions. More via The Business Desk

£140k funding boost for iAero Centre to pioneer ‘Factory of the Future’

The Heart of the South West LEP has announced £144,500 to support high-value engineering Factory of the Future digitisation for SMEs.

The funding will allow the iAero Centre at Yeovil to install an Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Factory+ Demonstrator and equipment, to create a dedicated digital data demonstration space. More via The Manufacturer

JDR Cables secures over 250 jobs at Hartlepool renewables hub

A manufacturer of subsea cables connecting the global offshore energy industry has reaffirmed its commitment to continued growth in Hartlepool by signing long-term contract extensions with PD Ports.

JDR Cables has been a tenant at Port of Hartlepool since 2008, creating a world-class manufacturing facility that was later extended to comprise approximately 300,000 sq ft. More via Bdaily News

Chinese carmaker Chery eyes UK factory this decade

Chinese carmaker Chery is considering building a car factory in the UK this decade, as it prepares to enter the market in 2024, according to one of its top executives.

China’s ninth-largest automotive group is set to launch a range of petrol, hybrid and electric cars in Britain under its mass-market Omoda brand in the spring with its premium line-up, badged as Jaecoo, following in the summer. More via Financial Times

Top industry award helps drive growth for Easy Rest Beds

Bradford bed manufacturer Easy Rest Beds has announced plans for growth and new jobs after being awarded the prestigious Manufacturing Guild Mark for business excellence by the Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and furnishing industry charity. More via The Manufacturer

Somerset manufacturer Nonwovenn targets turnover of £50m by 2025

A Somerset manufacturer which specialises in making life saving materials is aiming to hit revenues of £50m by next year.

Bridgwater-based Nonwovenn, which makes a fabric that can stem bleeding, is now looking to diversify into new areas and products as it plans to grow its business. More via The Business Desk

Mackie’s of Scotland turnover increases 15% against previous year

Scotland’s favourite ice-cream brand has recorded a 15% increase in turnover through an upsurge in UK and international markets.

Turnover at family-owned Mackie’s of Scotland rose from £17.7m in the 2021 financial year to reach £20.8m last financial year. More via Scottish Business News

Calbee UK invests in new equipment at Welsh plant

Snack producer Calbee UK has announced a recent investment at its plant in Deeside, Wales.

The project has seen Calbee install new frying, seasoning and distribution machinery at the facility, one of its two manufacturing plants in the UK.The new machinery, which includes an indirect heating system, was designed, built and installed by Fabcon Food Systems, a food processing machinery specialist based in Norwich. More via Food Manufacture

Somerset Willow expands into new premises with seven-figure investment

A Somerset-based willow furniture and basket manufacturing company has expanded into new premises with a seven-figure funding package.

Bridgwater-based Somerset Willow received the package from HSBC UK, which allow it to move into a new purpose-built facility in Bridgwater. The purchase will provide the business with a 60% increase in warehouse space, and the capacity to double its 32-person workforce over the next five years. More via Business Live