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

Posted on 10 Jan 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.

Construction begins on BAE Systems’ new £12m shipbuilding academy in Glasgow

Construction has begun on a new Applied Shipbuilding Academy at BAE Systems’ Scotstoun shipyard on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow.

The Academy will comprise of a Modern Trade Hall and a Flexible Learning Hub. The Academy will support the development of the entire workforce, from apprentices to senior leaders, and forms part of the Company’s ongoing commitment to develop future talent. More via The Manufacturer

British Cycling announces partnership with adaptive cycle manufacturer Ice Trikes

British Cycling has announced a new partnership with adaptive cycle manufacturer ICE Trikes, helping to support the growth of the Limitless disability and para-cycling programme and further widen access to the sport. More via British Cycling

EVA Air places landmark order with Airbus

Taiwan’s EVA Air has finalised a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 18 long-range A350-1000s and 15 single-aisle A321neo. This sees the airline become the latest global carrier to select the A350-1000 for its future long haul requirements. In addition, the A321neo aircraft will bring new levels of efficiency for the carrier’s regional network. More via Airbus

Boohoo considers closing UK factory it set up to improve workers’ treatment

The fast fashion company Boohoo is considering closing a factory that it set up in Leicester as a model for its efforts to improve the treatment of workers making its clothing.

The struggling online retailer is consulting with up to 100 workers at the site two years after it was opened to great fanfare with the intention of using it for “supplier learning and development”, creating 170 jobs. More via The Guardian

UK manufacturing firm continues acquisitive growth with US deal

Hill & Smith Holdings, a manufacturing firm headquartered in Solihull, has continued its M&A-driven growth with the acquisition of a company based in New Jersey, USA. The company has acquired Capital Steel Service, LLC, a supplier of structural steel products based in Trenton. More via Business Sale Report

Prime Minister tours VEKA’s Burnley manufacturing facility

Prime minister Rishi Sunak was given a guided tour of VEKA plc’s premises in Burnley where he learned more about the future of the UK manufacturing.

The tour was organised by Burnley MP and Lancashire Business View contributor Antony Higginbotham. VEKA is one of the town’s largest employers. More via Lancashire Business View

FANUC UK reveals hottest automation trends for 2024

Robotics manufacturer FANUC UK has revealed seven automation trends that it believes will be prominent in 2024.

Could 2024 be the year that UK manufacturers finally embrace robotics? After trailing behind our international counterparts for years, the UK is now starting to catch up when it comes to the installation of industrial robotics. More via The Manufacturer

New investor injects funds into UK cat food manufacturer

UK cat food producer KatKin has secured a new investor, Active Partners. The investment firm is joining the company’s existing rooster of backers which includes Perwyn, V3 Ventures (Verlinvest) and Octopus Ventures.

KatKin said in a statement that its vet-formulated fresh food uses real meat that is gently cooked with the aim to lock in nutrients and flavor, and is subsequently frozen fresh. More via Pet Food Industry