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

Posted on 4 Sep 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 deepens further in August

The UK manufacturing industry’s downturn deepened in August, with output and new orders registering some of the steepest contraction rates outside of events such as the global financial crisis or COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest S&P Global / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI®. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Government in advanced talks over £500m Tata Steel aid package

The government is in advanced talks with Britain’s biggest steel producer to hand over a £500m aid package aimed at securing the long-term future of steelmaking in South Wales.

Sky News reports that Whitehall officials and Tata Steel are close to agreeing a deal that would commit more than £1bn to the future of its Port Talbot steelworks, but which could ultimately result in thousands of job losses. Find out more at Sky News

EuroSkills 2023: NI apprentices to test skills against Europe’s best

Four young apprentices and trainees from Northern Ireland are set to put their skills to the test against the best in Europe.

The EuroSkills Finals will see about 600 young people from 32 countries compete in a range of challenges.

The competition, which is held every two years, is taking place in Gdańsk, Poland, from 5 to 9 September. Find out more at BBC News

£100m deal struck to use British Steel on mammoth wind turbine factory at Teesworks

A landmark deal has been struck to use British Steel on one the world’s biggest offshore wind plants being built at Teesworks.

Steel work is being erected as major progress continues on the £450m SeAH Wind monopile manufacturing facility at South Bank. The 800-metre-long building will be the world’s biggest monopile facility when complete and is the first of its kind in the UK. Find out more at Teesside Live

BAE Systems awarded $797m contract by US Army to begin full rate production of Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle

BAE Systems received a $797m contract to continue production of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) for the U.S. Army, with additional options for a potential total contract amount of $1.6bn.

This award brings the AMPV program into full-rate production, making it the first newly-designed and built tracked vehicle in the U.S. Army’s fleet to reach this production stage in three decades. Find out more at BAE Systems

UK CV production hits July eight year high

2023 UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing output grew 9.3% in July to reach 8,853 units, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The result means the industry enjoyed its busiest July since 2015, while year to date production is up by 68.0% on pre-pandemic levels. Find out more at SMMT