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

Posted on 9 May 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.

Young engineering stars named in ‘Skills Olympics’ line-up

Nine engineering stars are following in the footsteps of our sporting Olympic stars, as they prepare to represent the UK at WorldSkills Lyon 2024, known as the ‘skills Olympics’.

WorldSkills UK, a four nations partnership between education, industry and UK governments, is responsible for selecting, mentoring and training Team UK. More via The Manufacturer

Space sustainability conference kicks off with £1.8 million for tech innovation

New funding from the UK Space Agency is backing technologies to help satellites measure our changing shorelines, estimate levels of biomass, predict weather forecasting, and manufacture medicines in space.

The £1.8m injection, divided across nine individual projects, rounds off the final phase of the Agency’s Enabling Technologies Programme (ETP), designed to give a boost to British organisations with promising technologies to support the delivery of new space capabilities. More via UK Space Agency

Airedale by Modine to open third and largest UK manufacturing plant

Airedale by Modine, the Leeds-headquartered critical cooling specialists, today announced the purchase of a 14.6 acre manufacturing site in Bradford.

As a result of continued growth within Airedale by Modine’s data centre business, it has secured the new site, located on the outskirts of Bradford, to deliver increased production, test, office and storage capabilities. More via ACR News

The return of Rosie the Riveter

According to a recent whitepaper by MSP, women make up only one in six employees in the manufacturing UK workforce. As we continue to tackle this issue and encourage women into the sector, Molly Cooper speaks to Collette Zaro, VP of People at Moxion Power, about its inclusive hiring process across the pond in the US. More via The Manufacturer

Struggling train maker Alstom plans to cut debt with €1bn rights issue

Alstom plans to raise €1bn (£861m) to help cut its debt as the world’s second largest train maker struggles with delayed orders amid concerns about the future of its Derby factory.

The Paris-listed company will tap investors with the aim of raising the funds by September. It also plans a €750m bond issue as part of a €2bn new finance plan. More via The Guardian

Rivelin Robotics automating metal post-processing through new Innovate UK project

UK-based 3D printing post-processing firm Rivelin Robotics is leading a UK government-funded project to deliver a digital process for the automated finishing of metal 3D printed parts. In particular, the project targets the post-processing of aerospace parts, orthopaedic implants and gas turbine components.

Called Project CAMPFIRE (Certified Additive Manufactured Parts Finished with Intelligent Robotics Engine), the 15-month venture sees Rivelin collaborate with Attenborough Medical, GKN Aerospace and Materials Solutions, a Siemens Energy business. More via 3D Printing Industry

Arrowsmith Engineering builds on King’s Award success with £multi-million contract wins

One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of precision aerospace components has secured a string of new £multi-million contracts – just a few days after it was named as a King’s Award for Enterprise winner for International Trade.

Arrowsmith Engineering (Coventry), which is part of the rapidly growing ASG Group, has sealed long-term agreements with ITP Spain, Incora and Rolls-Royce in the UK and Germany, delivering the largest order book in its 57-year history. More via The Manufacturer