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

Posted on 8 Apr 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.

First ever advanced nuclear reactor submitted for justification in UK

The Nuclear Industry Association has applied for a justification decision for newcleo’s lead-cooled fast reactor, the LFR-AS-200.

The application makes the case that the benefits of clean, firm, flexible power from the LFR-AS-200 would far outweigh any potential risks, which are in any event rigorously controlled by robust safety features, including passive safety systems, built into the design and incorporated into the operating arrangements, in line with the UK’s regulatory requirements. More via The Manufacturer

UK Space Agency backing for Rolls-Royce and BWX Technologies, Inc space reactor development

Rolls-Royce today announced it has secured funding from Phase 2 of the UK Space Agency’s International Bilateral Fund (IBF). The funding enables strategic research partnerships within the UK space sector and emerging space nations to work together.

The new £1.18m award from the Fund backs collaboration to identify and advance the optimum technologies for a fission nuclear system, benefitting both UK and U.S. space nuclear development programmes for a range of space power missions. More via Rolls-Royce

Britain industrialised over a century earlier than first thought, claims Cambridge research

Millions of historical employment records show the British workforce turned sharply towards manufacturing jobs during the 1600s – suggesting the birth of the industrial age has much deeper roots, according to a 20-year Cambridge research project.

Built from more than 160 million records and spanning over three centuries, the University of Cambridge’s Economies Past website uses census data, parish registers, probate records and more to track changes to the British labour force from the Elizabethan era to the eve of World War One. More via University of Cambridge

Morrisons makes big investment in food manufacturing with new Greenside Centre

UK retatiler Morrisons unveiled its Greenside Innovation Centre in Bradford, which features a state-of-the-art showcase kitchen that will support the growth of manufacturing divison Greenside and Myton Food Group.

Leader of Bradford Council, Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, and Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, were on hand to show off a new plaque at the site. More via Produce Business UK

Funding opens window of opportunity for Channelglaze Ltd

A family-owned manufacturer of canal boat windows has secured an £80,000 funding package to innovate and boost employment opportunities.

Channelglaze Ltd, based in Tyseley in Birmingham, secured £60,000 in funding from business investment specialists UKSE and a further £20,000 grant via Central Business Finance to invest in a 3D printer. More via The Manufacturer

Boeing plane engine cover falls off prompting investigation

Airline regulators in the US have begun an investigation after an engine cowling on a Boeing 737-800 fell off during take-off and struck a wing flap.

The Southwest Airlines flight returned safely to Denver International airport at about 08:15 local time (15:15 GMT) after originally departing to Houston.

The aircraft had 135 passengers and six crew members on board and rose to about 10,300 feet (3,140m) before landing. More via BBC News

Medical device company planning major expansion following investment

A medical device company is expanding its production facilities and creating 300 jobs after securing millions of pounds of funding.

Cheltenham-headquartered Spectrum Medical said the money from HSBC is being used to build a new global HQ including a 30,000-sq ft factory and a 22,000 sq ft office. More via The Business Desk

Aston University Engineering Academy receives Leopard jewel-tool boxes to support young talent

Aston University Engineering Academy (AUEA) has been presented with the first set of Leopard jewel-tool boxes, sponsored by De Beers, to encourage young talent into the jewellery industry.

The Leopards initiative was founded in 2016 to preserve the skills and craftsmanship of the British jewellery industry and mentor young people into the industry who are critical to its future. More via The Manufacturer