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

Posted on 5 Feb 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.

National Apprenticeship Week 2024 kicks off

Today marks the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2024, an event that brings together individuals and businesses who are passionate about apprenticeships to celebrate the value, benefit and opportunity that they bring.

This year’s theme is “Skills For Life”, designed to emphasise how careers and businesses all start with skills, which can be developed through apprenticeships. More via The Manufacturer

JLR reports highhest quarterly profit since 2017

JLR has reported its highest quarterly profit since 2017.

The vehicle manufactuer recorded Q3 and Q3 YTD revenue of £7.4bn and £21.1bn respectively, with sales of modern luxury vehicles hitting new records in the quarter. More via JLR

ERS Hub launches smart tool to energise careers and skills in UK electrification

A new Electrification Self-Assessment Tool is being officially launched this week to help fill the 169,000 jobs that UK electrification requires.

The online platform, available at www.ershub.co.uk, will help individuals better understand the skills, courses, and roles available in the industry and how they measure up, giving them a clear pathway to achieve a potential career in the sector. More via The Manufacturer

UK to scrap ‘boiler tax’ after makers raise prices to cover any fines

The UK government is poised to scrap the so-called “boiler tax” after manufacturers hiked the price of new gas boilers to cover the fines they have to pay if new targets to fit eco-friendly heat pumps in homes are missed.

The move, which will disappoint environmentalists, comes several months after Rishi Sunak announced a watering-down of the UK’s net-zero policies, a climbdown that included pushing back the deadline for banning new petrol and diesel cars. More via The Guardian

Faraday Battery Challenge illuminates parliament

Sir Jeremy Wright KC MP hosted a reception for 170 delegates on 30 January 2024, that focused on ‘our electric future, opportunities in UK battery innovation’.

Proudly hosted by the Faraday Battery Challenge (FBC), delivered by Innovate UK, in collaboration with its delivery partners, The Faraday Institution (FI) and the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC). More via UK Research and Innovation

Former intern spearheads digital transformation at Essity’s UK paper mills

In a remarkable career trajectory, Callum Wilson, a 25-year-old electrical engineering graduate, has emerged as a driving force behind Essity’s digital revolution.

Essity, a global leader in tissue manufacturing and one of Northumberland’s largest employers, has not only propelled Callum’s career but has also set a precedent for nurturing and inspiring the next generation of digital and technical engineers. More via Bdaily News

Fresh food maker ​Bakkavor Bourne to recruit a record number of apprentices

A fresh food manufacturer near Peterborough has launched a recruitment campaign to find a record number of apprentices.

​Bakkavor Bourne, based in Spalding Road, where it creates a range of prepared fruit, stir fry, noodle, salad and dressed salad products for the leading supermarkets, is seeking 10 trainees to join its award-winning apprenticeship programme. More via Peterborough Telegraph

Rolls-Royce updates mtu Series 1600 with up to 49% higher power output for energy supply

Rolls-Royce has announced that its new generation of the 12-cylinder mtu Series 1600 Gx1 diesel engine sets the standard in terms of performance, flexibility, life-cycle costs and lower carbon performance.

“With this new generation of diesel engines in the power range up to nearly 1000 kilowatts, we are continuing to invest in our mtu engine portfolio and offer our customers worldwide cutting-edge technology for reliable and sustainable stationary power generation in critical applications,” explained Dr Jörg Stratmann, CEO of Rolls-Royce’s business unit Power Systems. More via Rolls-Royce

Locker manufacturer Locit boosts sustainability credentials with school locker donation

A manufacturer of lockers has boosted its sustainability credentials by donating 150 refurbished lockers to schools.

Now, to drive forward its environmental, social, and corporate governance goals and to kick off a commitment to supporting schools in its community, Locit has donated 150 lockers to five schools in Deeside. More via The Manufacturer