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

Posted on 8 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.

Matchmaking tool for apprenticeships aims to close Scotland’s manufacturing skills gap

A new platform designed to simplify recruitment and support job seekers looking for apprenticeships and graduate roles could help to address challenges of finding talent and encourage more young people into Scotland’s manufacturing and engineering sector. More via The Manufacturer

Tank museum helps defence firm recreate tank tracks for Ukraine

A military museum has revealed it was called upon to help reverse-engineer Soviet-era tank tracks for a defence firm supplying components to Ukraine.

The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, worked with Cook Defence Systems after a request from the Ministry of Defence.

Incomplete Soviet-era drawings and links from Ukraine were used with the museum’s own track specimens to help reproduce the replacement tracks. More via BBC News

The 5 superpowers of digital transformation

Manufacturers are actively seeking ways to apply digital to their businesses but are usually bombarded with buzzwords and jargon whenever the ‘D’ word is mentioned.

However, as Asif Moghal, Autodesk’s Director of Market & Industry Development, explained on day one of November’s Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit, digital doesn’t need to be difficult, and actually starts with five digital superpowers. More via The Manufacturer

Robot ships: Huge remote controlled vessels are setting sail

It sounds like science fiction. Ocean-going ships with no-one on board. But this vision of the future is coming – and sooner than you might think.

You can glimpse it in a Norwegian fjord where a huge, lime-green vessel is being put through its paces. More via BBC News

CityAirbus NextGen makes its debut

Airbus has presented its full electric CityAirbus NextGen prototype to the public, ahead of its maiden flight later this year. The two-tonne class CityAirbus, with a wing span of approximately 12 metres, is being developed to fly with a 80 km range and to reach a cruise speed of 120 km/h, making it perfectly suited for operations in major cities for a variety of missions. More via Airbus

Phil Ord joins Qvantum as UK CEO

Phil Ord, former commercial product group director at Mitsubishi Electric, has been appointed CEO of Qvantum Energy Technology Ltd, the UK subsidiary of the Swedish heat pump manufacturer.

Ord joins Qvantum after a career spanning over 20 years at Mitsubishi Electric Living Environmental Systems UK. More via Cooling Post

Electric superyachts and flying cars combine to create vehicle of the future

British start-up and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) manufacturer, VRCO, has teamed up with Austrian-based Silent Yachts for an industry first.

This stunning design concept shows the forthcoming Xcraft XP4 seamlessly integrated into the flagship Silent 120 electric catamaran. More via Supercar Blondie