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

Posted on 4 Apr 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.

FANUC and Cyan Tec bring MTC’s vision of large-scale robotic laser cutting cell to life

A suite of automation solutions from FANUC has proved integral to the delivery of an industrial-scale laser cutting cell commissioned by the UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).

Constructed by system integrator Cyan Tec Systems, the demonstration cell comprises a 12m x 4m cutting table and, from FANUC UK, a six-axis robot, a computerised numerical control (CNC) system for the flatbed, and the laser, all contained within a laser-secure enclosure. Read more via The Manufacturer

British EV battery start-up reinforces leadership team with appointment of ex-Aston boss

IONETIC, the dynamic UK start-up specialising in electric vehicle (EV) battery pack technology, is further strengthening the expertise of its senior leadership team with the appointment of automotive executive, Dr. Andy Palmer, as its Chairman.

Dr. Palmer joins IONETIC at a key stage in its development, as the business continues to focus on onboarding clients and planning the opening of its first giga-scale manufacturing facility in the UK. Read more via IONETIC

Andy Haldane joins University of Sheffield AMRC as industrial board chair

Former Bank of England chief economist and head of the Royal Society of Arts, Andy Haldane will chair the industrial board at University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) for the next three years.

With his appointment, Andy Haldane brings a wealth of experience that will help shape and set the strategy for the AMRC, and the might of its 120 industrial members, on where to put its horsepower and innovation in the future to help the UK manufacturing sector grow. Read more via The Manufacturer

Renishaw celebrates 50 years of engineering innovation

This year, engineering technologies business, Renishaw, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The company, which was founded on 4 April 1973, will mark this significant milestone with a year of global activities including open house events at its largest sites, family days for employees and a ‘50 at 50’ charity initiative which will see £150,000 donated to 50 not-for-profit organisations in the 36 countries where it has offices. Read more via Renishaw

HVS’s hydrogen truck to offer up to 370 miles of range

British manufacturer Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) has announced some additional details about its forthcoming hydrogen-electric Heavy Goods Vehicle.

The hydrogen-powered truck combines a hydrogen fuel cell system with an energy storage system that sends power to the ground through an electric motor. While horsepower and torque details are not known at this stage, it has been confirmed that the HGV sports a Kinetic Energy Recovery System to harvest energy lost under braking. Read more via Carscoops

Rotherham manufacturer bucks trend with year-on-year growth after securing NPIF investment

Rotherham-based manufacturer Casting Technology International (CTI) has bucked the trend with continued year-on-year growth two years on from its management buyout and its significant loan from NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance, which is managed by Mercia and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. The investment was also backed by the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). Read more via Rotherham Business News

Ideal Heating to invest in £10m Hull R&D facility as it sets out to lead UK’s low carbon switch

Hull manufacturing giant Ideal Heating has submitted plans for a new £10m research and development facility at its sprawling city site

To be known as the UK Technology Centre, it will play a key role in developing and testing low carbon heating solutions, such as air source heat pumps, as the company invests heavily in Net Zero solutions. Read more via Business Live

Cannock manufacturer welds growth ambitions with finance package topping £500k

A Cannock-based family-owned architectural fabrication business is set to increase its efficiency and production capabilities while creating four new roles, thanks to a finance package from Lloyds Bank.

Weldall (Cannock) Limited provides specialist bespoke solutions to the construction industry. The business, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, was established by two specialist welders and is now run by their sons. It works primarily with windows and cladding firms in London, as well as regionally in Birmingham, Manchester. Read more via The Manufacturer