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

Posted on 8 Jan 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.

FAA grounds more than 170 Boeing 737 Max 9 jets after major Alaska Airlines incident

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered more than 170 Boeing 737 Max 9 jets to be grounded following a major incident on an Alaska Airlines flight. More via The Manufacturer

New car market delivers best year since 2019 as fleets fuel growth

The UK new car market has recorded its best year since the pandemic as a strong December, up 9.8%, wrapped up the 17th month of consecutive growth. 1.903 million new cars reached the road during 2023 – an increase of 17.9%, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). More via SMMT

Manufacturers enter 2024 with increased optimism – Make UK/PwC Survey

Britain’s manufacturers are viewing the UK as a more competitive place to locate their activities compared to 12 months ago, with an increasing number believing they are moving ahead of their European rivals.

However, they remain wary of the huge threat to their competitiveness posed by the economic behemoths of the US, India and China. More via The Manufacturer

Vauxhall tops electric van charts for third year in a row

Vauxhall was the UK’s best-selling electric van manufacturer in 2023, according to the latest new light commercial vehicle registration figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The brand topped the sales charts for the third year in a row, selling 6,402 electric vans in 2023 – more than double its nearest competitor. More via Stellantis

Employees recruited for Goole rail village

New employees have been recruited for the rail village in East Yorkshire which is due to begin production later this year.

Siemens Mobility said the 35 people were the “first wave” ahead of its state-of-the-art trains manufacturing facility in Goole opening.

The firm is investing £200m in developing the facility, which will eventually create 700 jobs. More via BBC News

Mazda UK in bid to boost appeal of first electric car

Mazda UK is launching a range of MX-30 consumer offers thanks to a ramped-up supply pipeline.

Mazda’s first all-electric vehicle is now available with 0% Mazda Hire Purchase up to five years with a 40% minimum deposit, while for Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) the MX-30 BEV is offered with four years 0% APR with no minimum deposit and a £500 Mazda depoosit on orders placed by 2nd April. More via AM Online

70 jobs created as mushroom-based food manufacturer moves to North Yorkshire site

Almost 70 jobs will be created after a plant-based food manufacturer moved into a huge new product development site.

MYCO Holdings will transform a former food manufacturing plant in Leeming Bar into a vertically farmed production unit – the first site of its kind in the UK. More via Yahoo! News

Lotus Cars reveals Norfolk factory job cuts in move to electric

Sports car manufacturer Lotus has announced job cuts across its two factories in Norfolk as it moves towards electric-only production.

The business said it was primarily “reducing agency workers” but that a “reduction of up to” 30 permanent UK-based roles was also being proposed.

Lotus Cars posted significant financial losses in its most recent accounts. More via BBC News