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

Posted on 5 Jun 2023 by The Manufacturer

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Innovate UK grant powers BiologIC’s pioneering biocomputer breakthrough

Cambridge-based BiologIC, producer of the world’s first biocomputer, is marking a massive leap in its material understanding which will ultimately lead to faster time-to-market and cheaper drugs and vaccines – thanks to funding from Analysis for Innovators (A4I), a grant funding programme run by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. Read more via The Manufacturer

Tata to build $1.6bn Indian EV battery plant, Gujarat says

India’s salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group signed an agreement with the Gujarat state government to set up a giga-factory for manufacturing lithium-ion cells, with an estimated initial investment of around 130 billion rupees ($1.6 billion).

Tata Agaratas Energy Storage Solutions Pvt., a subsidiary of Tata Group, signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday to establish an electric-vehicle battery plant that will have a production capacity of 20 gigawatt hours, generating direct and indirect employment for more than 13,000 people, according to a state government document posted on its website. Read more via Bloomberg

Gigafactory uncertainty affecting firms’ plans

Businesses at an airport say they are unable to plan for the future as proposals for a car battery factory in Coventry appear to have been rejected.

Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata Group is expected to state it has selected a site for a gigafactory in Somerset.

It was hoped part of Coventry Airport would be chosen and outline planning permission was given last year.

The city council hopes another battery manufacturer could still choose to build on the site. Read more via BBC News

Xaar, Megnajet and FFEI accredited as Great Places to Work

Each of Xaar Group’s UK headquartered businesses ‒ Xaar, FFEI and Megnajet ‒ has been officially accredited as a Great Place to Work-Certified™ organisation.

Using validated employee feedback gathered by Great Place to Work® – the global authority on workplace culture – the accreditation recognises that over 65 per cent of employees within all three businesses enjoy a consistently positive working experience. Read more via The Manufacturer

100 West Midlands businesses sign net zero pledge

Over 100 businesses have now committed to taking steps to cut their emissions and help the West Midlands become net zero by 2041.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens, The National Lottery, Severn Trent Water, and Black Country-based manufacturer AVACE are among the latest cohort to sign the West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Net Zero Business Pledge, joining some of the highest profile employers across the region. Read more via West Midlands Combined Authority

Powys manufacturer looks to bright future following re-brand

Presteigner-based manufacturer Hadley Hargreaves has re-branded itself as Advantage Automotive Ltd – which the company says may lead to more jobs being created locally in the future. Read more via Powys County Times

McLaren repurposes old F1 factory as new composites facility

McLaren has repurposed its old Formula 1 factory in Woking to become a new composites facility and is also fully relocating its heritage department to the McLaren Technology Centre.

The new composites department will be housed in the factory McLaren used before its move the gigantic MTC facility two miles from central Woking in 2003 and it is set to open for production later this summer. Read more via Motor1.com

One of Britain’s last saw manufacturers has celebrated 100 years of business

One of Britain’s last saw manufacturers has celebrated 100 years of business.

Thomas Flinn and Co was founded by Thomas Flinn in 1923 and Frank Ellis later joined the manufacturers as an apprentice around three years later.

The company, which is based in Sheffield, South Yorks,. ship the products to numerous countries including America, Australia, Germany and Canada. Read more via Yahoo! News