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

Posted on 4 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.

Head of Manufacturing at BEIS announces departure from sector

This week, we learned that one of the biggest champions of the manufacturing industry is moving to pastures new.

Clare Porter, who has been Head of Manufacturing at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) since 2014, announced she was moving away from industry on LinkedIn. Find out more on The Manufacturer

Chip innovators join forces with government to steer future of semiconductor sector

Experts working at semiconductor titans such as Arm, IQE and Pragmatic will meet with Technology Minister Paul Scully today (Thursday 3th August) at Imperial College London, as part of the first meeting of the Semiconductor Advisory Panel.

With industry and government working hand in hand to deliver the National Semiconductor Strategy, it offers a twenty-year vision for the sector around three key goals: growing the domestic semiconductor sector, mitigating the risk of supply chain disruptions and protecting national security. Find out more on GOV UK

Made Smarter and Manchester Metropolitan University create new generation of digital manufacturing leaders

A generation of manufacturing leaders is now armed with new digital skills and tools after graduating from a trailblazing programme.

Fifteen delegates completed the ‘Leading Digital Transformation’ programme, designed by Made Smarter, the government-funded industry-led initiative to increase technology adoption among SME manufacturers, and Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met). Find out more on The Manufacturer

Husband and wife on verge of opening Shetland spaceport

A husband and wife are on the verge of opening a spaceport on a tiny island.

Frank and Debbie Strang bought a former RAF radar station on Unst in Shetland about 15 years ago with an idea to turn it into an eco-tourism attraction.

But the plan changed when the UK government was looking for potential sites for vertical launches of small rockets carrying satellites.

The Strangs could now be just weeks away from seeing the site secure a spaceport licence. Find out more on BBC News

GKN Aerospace and Airbus Helicopters sign MOU on industrial participation

GKN Aerospace has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus Helicopters, marking a significant step in a long-standing partnership. This collaboration follows the recent pre-selection of Airbus Helicopters to deliver 14 H225M helicopters for Special Operations to the MoD of the Netherlands.

Vice Admiral de Waard, National Armaments Director of the Netherlands, his successor Vice Admiral Hartman, and the Commissioner of Military Production Dicke attended the signing ceremony. Shawn Black, President – Defence Airframe at GKN Aerospace, and Matthieu Louvot, Executive Vice President Programmes at Airbus Helicopters, sealed the agreement. Find out more on GKN Aerospace

Bombardier significantly increases profitability in second quarter 2023 as year-over-year revenue growth continues

Bombardier reported yesterday its financial results for the second quarter of 2023, signaling continued progress on all business fundamentals and performance on track toward reaching 2023 full-year guidance.

Second quarter 2023 revenues rose to $1.7bnb, up 8% year-over-year, reflecting 29 deliveries and 19% year-over-year aftermarket revenue increase to $428m. Find out more on Bombardier

Pioneering tech business manufactures record 10 millionth in-home display, helping households tackle carbon emissions

Smart energy technology business Chameleon Technology has manufactured and delivered its 10 millionth in-home display (IHD), a record for the industry, supporting the government in achieving its 2050 Net Zero target by cutting carbon emissions through energy efficiency in the home.

A Chameleon display is now present in one in every three UK homes, helping consumers to make low carbon and energy efficient choices through visible, transparent, real-time data. Find out more on The Manufacturer

Ben Werth joins Alexander Dennis as Group Sales & Business Development Director

Alexander Dennis, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, has announced that Ben Werth has joined its executive management team.

As Group Sales & Business Development Director, Ben Werth has overall responsibility for the UK & Ireland sales teams led by Fleet Sales Director Matthew Lawrence and Retail Sales Director Charlie Miller as well as for international business development, which will be boosted further by the arrival of a dedicated Business Development Manager later in August. Find out more on Alexander Dennis