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

Posted on 8 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.

Drone pilots complete groundbreaking flight milestones at Sellafield to enhance future safety

Drone pilots have successfully completed two flight firsts on a UK nuclear site leading the way to increased safety of employees during decommissioning.

The successful deployment of the Elios 3 drone equipped with a LiDAR sensor marks a major milestone for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) team, enabling Sellafield Ltd to achieve unparalleled efficiency in mapping and 3D modelling. Find out more on The Manufacturer

BYD–Alexander Dennis partnership celebrates 1,500th electric bus

BYD UK and Alexander Dennis jointly announced today that their partnership has officially handed over its 1,500th electric bus, a BYD–Alexander Dennis Enviro200EV for Go-Ahead London.

The 1,500th BYD–Alexander Dennis electric bus is one of nearly 300 joining Go-Ahead London this year for routes in the capital. Allocated to Merton Garage with fleet number SEe199, it has been in service on Transport for London routes 163 and 164 since May. Find out more on Alexander Dennis

‘Market leader’ launches first UK heat pump production line at Hull site

‘Market leader’ Ideal Heating has launched its first UK heat pump production line at its headquarters in Hull as part of a huge investment in low carbon technologies. The heating industry market leader has been manufacturing many of the country’s best-selling boilers for over a century at its Hull site.

Now the business is undergoing a major transformation as it engineers the green heating solutions to support the UK’s drive to net zero. Find out more on BDaily News

DS Smith partners with sushi specialist Eat Happy to develop fully recyclable sushi trays

DS Smith has partnered with sushi specialist Eat Happy to develop a fully recyclable sustainable solution for the firm’s disposable plastic sushi trays.

The tray and the lid of the new packaging are made from natural and renewable raw materials using corrugated cardboard and are anticipated to save more than 1,250 tonnes of plastic per year. Find out more on The Manufacturer

Manufacturing is second-highest for UK administrations

The UK manufacturing industry experienced the second-highest number of administrations of any business sector in the country during the first six months of 2023, according to an analysis by the law firm Shakespeare Martineau. There were 91 administrations in the sector – 22% more than in 2022 – with only the retail sector having more, with 118 administrations. Find out more on Drives & Controls 

New chief executive for leading automotive design and engineering firm

Leading UK-based design and engineering consultancy Contechs has appointed automotive industry innovator Peter Jarvis as Group Chief Executive to lead the company’s rapid international expansion.

Previously the managing director of Contechs, Peter Jarvis now takes over as Group Chief Executive Officer of Contechs Holdings Ltd. His appointment is aimed at driving the company’s growth and innovation, further enhancing the services Contechs provides to its OEM clients worldwide. Find out more on The Manufacturer

Dorset electronics manufacturer CT Production relocates to new HQ

A Dorset electronics manufacturing firm has relocated to new headquarters as part of expansion plans.

Poole-based contractor CT Production has signed a 10-year lease on an industrial unit at 20 Broom Road, around two miles from its previous base on Nuffield Industrial Estate.

The 40-year-old company, which employs more than 65 staff, serves clients across sectors such as aerospace, defence and marine. Find out more on Business Live

Anglo American makes significant progress towards GISTM conformance

Anglo American plc (“Anglo American”) has set out its significant progress towards bringing its 12 tailings storage facilities (TSFs) that are currently within the two highest potential consequence categories into conformance with the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM).

The GISTM is the first global standard on tailings facility management and sets a purposely high bar for the mining industry to attain – integrating social, environmental, local economic and technical considerations for every facility, towards the goal of zero harm to people and the environment. Find out more on Anglo American