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

Posted on 4 Apr 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.

British Steel to build electric arc furnace at Teeside plant

British Steel has been granted planning permission to build an Electric Arc Furnace at its Teesside plant – a key milestone in its £1.25bn decarbonisation plan.

The company’s application was approved by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council following a detailed consultation period.

Its application to build another Electric Arc Furnace (EAF), at its Scunthorpe site, is set to be decided imminently by North Lincolnshire Council. More via The Manufacturer

BAE engineer ‘s design to be used for D-Day commemorations

A Portsmouth-based engineer has designed the UK’s principal D-Day beacon that will be manufactured and lit in the city as part of the nation’s commemorations of the 80th anniversary of D-Day on 6 June.

Designed by 25 year-old BAE Systems’ engineer, Max, the beacon is to be built by his colleagues at the company and will include samples of sand from the five Normandy beaches where more than 4,400 Allied personnel lost their lives during the launch of the largest amphibious invasion in history. More via BAE Systems

Innovate UK announces Future flight challenge winners

Innovate UK, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced the latest winners of its future flight challenge.

The programme uses drones to help build resilience in UK medical supply chains and help connect patients with healthcare services more quickly. More via UK Research and Innovation

Food manufacturing innovation hub marks construction milestone

The new ONE SeedPod industry innovation hub for north east Scotland’s £2.4bn food manufacturing sector has marked a major construction milestone.

The project partners celebrated the ‘topping out’, or highest point, of the new build on the outskirts of Aberdeen. More via Scottish Construction Now

Giant Bicycles UK and Touch Up Paint Factory announce collaboration

UK automotive touch-up paint company Touch Up Paint Factory has partnered with Giant Group UK to create a range of touch-up paints for the Giant, Liv and Momentum brands.

The partnership with Giant Group UK sees the creation of a range of over 130 exclusive touch-up paints, directly formulated to the bike brands’ colour range. More via bikebiz

DS Smith invests €6m in Netherlands facility

DS Smith is investing in its Eerbeek packaging plant in the Netherlands in response to the growing demand for sustainable plastic replacement and fibre-based packaging solutions.

The new state-of-the-art 4-colour converting machine will produce the well-known European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) 0201 bespoke boxes for customers as well as alternative grades. More via The Manufacturer

British Steel secures major Egyptian contract to supply railway track

British Steel has secured a deal to supply rail track for a new, fully-electrified route in north Africa, the company has announced.

The contract will see about 9,500 tonnes of track produced in Scunthorpe for Egypt’s Green Line railway, between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. More via BBC News

Machinery manufacturer Ktwo enters administration

Ktwo has just confirmed that the company went into administration on 28th March.

The statutory moratorium includes Warwick Trailers, as it was acquired by Ktwo in 2019, to increase capacity for production of their high-quality muck spreaders and to offer a full product range of trailers. More via Farmers Guide

Essentra to accelerate trials of new alternatives to single use plastics

Essentra PLC, a leading provider of essential components and solutions, is accelerating the integration of its recently acquired BMP TAPPI business and in particular trials of more sustainable alternatives to single use plastics in the manufacture of future ranges of protective caps and plugs. More via The Manufacturer