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

Posted on 7 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.

Welsh electrical firms especially worried about future skills

Electrotechnical contractors in Wales are more concerned than employers elsewhere in the UK about shortfalls in workforce skills and qualifications as the sector prepares for the upturn in work necessary to deliver the nation’s net zero infrastructure.

Data from a new survey report commissioned jointly by ECA and JIB and published by The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) suggests that nearly half of electrotechnical employers in Wales (44%) consider that a lack of suitable training courses is causing recruitment problems and contributing to Wales’s long-running electrical skills shortage. Find out more on The Manufacturer

Ingredients manufacturer Meadow acquires sauce producer Naked Foods

Value added ingredients business Meadow has acquired Naked Foods, a producer of fruit and confectionery sauces.

Meadow, which has a factory in Yorkshire, is on a mission to grow its business supplying food ingredients to brands including Ambrosia and Yeo Valley, through organic expansion and acquisition.

Naked Foods is a manufacturer within the food & drink industry, producing fruit and confectionery sauces for UK and Irish food companies from its factory in Kent. Find out more on The Yorkshire Post

Summer surge as one new EV registered every 60 seconds

The new car market grew 28.3% in July with 143,921 new vehicles registered, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). As a result, the market has enjoyed non-stop growth for a full year despite challenging economic conditions, as supply chain challenges ease, production increases and deliveries can be fulfilled. Find out more on SMMT

Aston University engineering teaching fellow recognised for outstanding impact on student outcomes

A senior engineering teaching fellow at Aston University has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for his contribution to excellent teaching and student outcomes.

Jean-Baptiste Souppez teaches materials and manufacturing, engineering for the user, engineering for industry, and design for manufacturing and assembly in the University’s College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS), operated by Advance HE, celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in UK higher education. Find out more on The Manufacturer

NSG Group celebrates the 125th anniversary of Rossford Plant

NSG Group has announced that the birthplace of its North American business in Rossford, Ohio has been celebrating its 125th anniversary until the end of July.

The community itself was founded by glass pioneer Edward Ford, who named the city Rossford by combining his last name, ‘Ford’, with that of his wife, Caroline ‘Ross’… thus Rossford. Find out more on NSG Group

Girls Into Electronics 2023 sees more than double female students participating this year

The UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF), in collaboration with Apple, has just wrapped up a very successful Girls into Electronics 2023.

This year’s programme saw more than double the number of female students participating, 465 compared to 230 in 2022. Find out more on The Manufacturer

UK hiring falls at fastest pace in over three years, wage growth slows

British employers reduced the number of new permanent staff they hired through recruitment agencies by the most since mid 2020 last month due to concerns about the economic outlook, adding to signs that the market is becoming tougher for job seekers.

A gauge of permanent staff hiring by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and accountants KPMG fell to 42.4, the lowest since the 34.3 in June 2020 when the country was in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more on Reuters