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

Posted on 9 Oct 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.

£86.9m for scale-up and R&D of net-zero vehicle technology

The Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC) has announced the successful applicants of its latest funding rounds, sharing £86.9m of government and industry funding into zero tailpipe emission vehicle technology. Find out more at The Manufacturer

First demo vehicle from Helixx’s ‘factory in a box’ heralds new production model for EVs

Helixx has unveiled the first demonstrator vehicle from the startup’s “factory in a box” system.

The commercial delivery van was built to validate a new form of carmaking. Using software-led production and site designs that are customised to local needs, the factories can be built anywhere in the world. Once the facilities are installed, they can rapidly assemble low-cost electric vehicles. Find out more at The Next Web

Manufacturers call for major MOT of UK’s business tax and regulation system

Britain’s manufacturers are calling on the Chancellor to announce a major MOT of the UK’s uncompetitive business tax and regulatory environment in the forthcoming Autumn Statement to boost investment planning by business.

The call was made on the back of a major survey published by Make UK and RSM which sets out a daunting challenge to reform the UK regime of business taxation and regulation, with almost half of companies believing the current system is unfavourable and, more than a quarter feel is worse than China and other major competitors. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Recycling scheme celebrates saving 200,000 mattresses from the landfill

A specialist recycling scheme has celebrated saving 200,000 mattresses from going to the landfill.

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) scheme, launched in 2021, sees mattresses sent to a recycling facility in London where they are deconstructed into their component materials. With up to 17 different materials making up a single mattress, each can be used for different purposes; for example, inner springs are melted down and remade into new metal products, while synthetic layers such as foam are used to make items like carpet underlay.

NLWA says around 90% of the mattress materials will get recycled, with any remaining non-recyclable material going to energy from waste. Find out more at Waltham Forest Echo

Tesla’s China-made EV sales volume falls 10.9% year-on-year in September

US automaker Tesla sold 74,073 China-made electric vehicles (EVs) in September, a 10.9% decrease from a year earlier, showed data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) on Sunday.

Sales of China-made Model 3 and Model Y cars were down 12.0% from a month earlier.

Chinese rival BYD, with its Dynasty and Ocean series of EVs and petrol-electric hybrid models, saw passenger vehicle deliveries grow 42.8% to 286,903 last month, from 200,973 in September last year. Find out more at Reuters

Designs for life as Warehome uses the power of Creo to boost sustainable architecture

A boutique architectural practice, with a passion for sustainability, has turned the sector’s usual practices on their head by switching to PTC’s 3D CAD platform to build homes from scratch.

Warehome has used the power of Creo to design a highly complex Paragraph 79 (Now Paragraph 80) project and various high-quality homes in London.

The decision to move away from traditional architectural design programmes came from the desire to have greater control over the detail of projects, the ability to collaborate in real time and the additional features that deliver clear visibility of the bill of materials. Find out more at The Manufacturer