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

Posted on 10 Mar 2023 by The Manufacturer

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Renishaw celebrates 50 years of engineering innovation

Engineering technologies business, Renishaw, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023. The company, which was founded on 4 April 1973, will mark this significant milestone with a year of global activities including open house events at its largest sites, family days for employees and a ‘50 at 50’ charity initiative which will see £150,000 donated to 50 not-for-profit organisations in the 36 countries where it has offices.

The Manufacturer recently attended a press day at the company’s Miskin site in South Wales where we were shown the current facility, including the company’s additive manufacturing capabilities, plus two new halls currently under construction, which will add 37,000m2 new manufacturing space to support general capacity increases and large capital goods manufacturing.

Set to open in December, the new site has sustainability at its core, with a carbon net zero design, PV electricity generation, triple glazing, insulative cladding, LED lighting and electric HVAC heat pumps.

Speaking around Renishaw’s anniversary year, Will Lee, Renishaw’s Chief Executive commented: “This is a year to reflect on the tremendous achievements of our co-founders (Sir David McMurtry and John Deer) and employees past and present, who have done so much to advance precision manufacturing globally, and to look forward with confidence to future decades of innovation and growth.”

Full article will be available soon.  Read more via Renishaw.

Over 300 jobs at risk as manufacturer calls in administrators

A tier one Leicester-headquartered supplier to the aerospace, defence and power generation industries set up almost 75 years ago has called in administrators.

Ryan Grant and Chris Pole from Interpath Advisory were appointed joint administrators to Bromford Industries and Accrofab on 9 March.

Based across three sites in Leicester, Derby and Alcester, the companies employ 309 members of staff. Read more via The Business Desk.

Performance door manufacturer invests £4m in its factory

A Nottingham-based performance doorset manufacturer is set to increase its efficiency and production capabilities, while creating 25 jobs in the local area, thanks to a finance package from Lloyds Bank.

Door manufacturer Integrated Doorset Solutions, part of the IDSL Group, creates performance timber doorsets for customers in the education, healthcare, commercial, residential and accommodation sectors, working with clients such as Unite Students, Balfour Beatty and MACE. The business is active in the domestic market, as well as serving customers in Ireland and oversees. Read more via The Manufacturer

Toyota stages hydrogen-powered film shoot

A historic British industrial landmark provided the backdrop for a lighting projection spectacle depicting the rise of Toyota from a family weaving firm to a global manufacturing giant.

The event at the 19th century Booth House in Oldham was all the more significant in being the first of its kind in Europe to be powered entirely by ‘green’ hydrogen, aligning with Toyota’s progress towards a future carbon-free society.

Toyota is pioneering the use of hydrogen as a plentiful source of renewable energy that can be produced and used without creating harmful emissions. The film crew’s power needs were met by portable hydrogen generators, while the action included a wide variety of the hydrogen-fuelled electric vehicles Toyota is manufacturing today, including cars, coaches and fork lifts. Even the on-set catering truck ran on hydrogen. Read more via Toyota

UK manufacturing production declines

The industrial sector activity showed contraction in January, the latest UK industrial and manufacturing production data published by Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown.

Manufacturing output arrived at -0.4% MoM in January versus -0.1% expectations and 0% registered in December while total industrial output came in at -0.3% MoM vs. -0.2% expected and 0.3% last.

On an annual basis, the UK manufacturing production figures came in at -5.2% in January, missing expectations of -5.0%. Total industrial output plunged by 4.3% in the first month of the year against -4.0% expected and the previous -4.0% reading. Read more via FXStreet

UKAEA and University of Sheffield partnership to drive fusion technology

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and the University of Sheffield have entered a partnership that is set to drive the development of fusion technology and the UK’s future fusion industry.

The collaboration, announced today (9 March 2023), will see Sheffield appoint two Chairs in fusion research and development. Both roles will establish new research programmes to address global fusion challenges.

The position of Chair in Qualification for Fusion will address fundamental engineering challenges in the qualification of components, fabricated assemblies and systems for use within future fusion powerplants. Read more via gov.uk