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

Posted on 5 Mar 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.

Rolls-Royce to create over 200 jobs with new offices in Cardiff and Glasgow

Rolls-Royce Submarines has announced plans to open new offices in Cardiff and Glasgow to attract the best talent and meet growth in demand from the Royal Navy and the recent AUKUS announcement.

The locations of satellite offices in Cardiff and Glasgow, funded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), have been selected to help access the skilled talent pools in both regions, with more than 100 jobs being created in each city. More via The Manufacturer

Siemens Mobility to invest £100m in state-of-the-art factory in Chippenham

Siemens is embarking on a groundbreaking £100m investment to establish a cutting-edge rail infrastructure manufacturing, digital engineering and research & development (R&D) center in Chippenham, underscoring its unwavering commitment to innovation, sustainability, excellence, and its campaign ‘to build in Britain with Britain built in’. More via Siemens

Multimillion-pound investment for UK electric vehicle manufacturing

The Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC) has announced the latest round of government and industry funding for zero tailpipe emission vehicle technology.

The new collaborative projects announced yesterday bring together companies making key zero-emission technology, including power electronics and electric drive units. More via Advanced Propulsion Centre

BAE Systems launches MethaneSAT satellite to provide critical global greenhouse gas emissions data

BAE Systems is celebrating alongside its customers at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) following the successful launch of the MethaneSAT satellite from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California yesterday.

The satellite will provide the public with reliable scientific data about the sources and scale of methane emissions globally, with the ultimate goal of driving reductions in the near future. More via BAE Systems

Engineering and technology offers graduates strong employment prospects

EngineeringUK has previewed the findings of a new report which reveals nearly three-quarters of graduates who studied engineering and technology (72.5%) were in paid work for an employer 15 months after graduation.

This is higher than that for graduates from all other subjects combined (69.7%) – highlighting the high demand for engineering and tech skills. More via The Manufacturer

Hull energy boss calls for faster rollout of wind farms

The boss of a Hull turbine manufacturer has said the UK is not moving fast enough to build offshore wind farms.

Darren Davidson, head of Siemens Energy, said with the present speed of development, the target of 50 gigawatts of offshore power “won’t be achieved”.

The firm employs 6,000 people across the country, including more than 750 at its Hull factory in Alexandra Dock. More via BBC News

Industry increasing investment in wellbeing to reduce absence and retain staff – Make UK survey

Britain’s manufacturers have substantially increased their investment in the wellbeing of their staff over the last twelve months in a bid to tackle sickness absence and retain their skilled workforce.

To build on this Make UK is urging the Government to provide tax relief on a range of Occupational Health services in this week’s Budget Statement. More via The Manufacturer

JLR to generate over a quarter of its UK electricity through off-grid renewable energy plan

JLR has announced it will generate more than a quarter of its UK electricity from new onsite and near site renewable energy projects, slashing energy bills and reducing reliance on grid energy.

The plans form part of its global renewable strategy, which aims to increase self-generated energy to 36.4% of its global consumption by 2030. More via JLR

Nissan accused of dumping its electric car pioneers

Owners of Nissan Leaf electric cars have accused the firm of “dumping its pioneers” after it announced its app would stop working for older vehicles.

The firm says the app – which allows remote control of functions such as heating – is stopping because the UK’s 2G network is being switched off.

But customers have reacted with anger, telling the BBC they did not expect it to be withdrawn. More via BBC News