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

Posted on 10 May 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.

APC announces £77m funding for UK decarbonisation projects

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is investing £77m in seven UK-based automotive collaborative research and development projects. The seven projects, each involving a group of companies working in partnership on green transport technology, will each benefit from industry support, together with a government grant. Read more via The Manufacturer

Ford announces three-year hydrogen fuel cell E-Transit trial

Ford is spearheading research into the potential for hydrogen as an on-board energy source for its acclaimed E-Transit.

The project will establish if hydrogen fuel cell technology can deliver more zero-emission range to heavy-use E-Transit customers travelling high mileages, with maximum loads, ancillary equipment such as chillers and with limited charging opportunities in the working shift. Read more via Ford

Britvic announces £8m project to improve energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions by 50% at London factory

Leading soft drinks business, Britvic, is redoubling its efforts to cut carbon emissions and save energy – with £8m of investment to improve efficiency at its London factory.

The project, which kicks off this year at its Beckton site, will see the installation of a new heat recovery system – cutting factory emissions by an estimated 1,200 tonnes annually – equivalent to the annual energy usage of around 500 UK homes. Read more via Britvic

Manufacturing revival in towns and rural and coastal economies could help unlock £70bn in economic output – CPP

Economics thinktank the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP) is calling on the government to adopt a new strategy to drive fair growth and revive the fortunes of the UK’s towns and rural and coastal economies by attracting more investment by the private sector. Read more via The Manufacturer

Hydrogen fuel cell trucks to help decarbonise Toyota logistics in Europe

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has joined forces with the Dutch VDL Groep (VDL) to break into the market for heavy duty hydrogen fuelled trucks, using Toyota’s fuel cell technology. The project has the potential to accelerate the decarbonisation of the road logistics sector, an important element in TME’s strategy to achieve full carbon neutrality by 2040. Read more via Toyota

Isle of Wight GKN Aerospace site could install solar farm

A major business is proposing to become more eco-friendly at its Isle of Wight base — by installing a solar farm.

On land owned by GKN Aerospace Services, in Whippingham, the company is hoping to install roughly 3,432 solar panels.

Planning documents submitted to the Isle of Wight Council, by agents BCM, say it is the aerospace company’s intention to use the renewable energy generated to offset energy demands. Read more via Isle of Wight County Press

Chesterfield Manufacturer makes Multi-million-pound investment in new robotic manufacturing plating plant

Chesterfield based family-owned manufacturer CBE+ Ltd has made a major £2m investment in plant to assist in its continued impressive growth journey, by developing and installing Europe’s first robotic automated Electroless Nickel Plating line.

This new manufacturing capability will allow the company to undertake a range of innovative projects at its Chesterfield base, including the processing of small, precision-engineered components in high volumes and the ability to deliver high-quality parts at a consistently high standard. Read more via The Manufacturer

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Defender 130 to enter active service with the British Red Cross

The specially converted Defender 130, donated to the British Red Cross in commemoration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, is to enter active service in North Wales. This unique vehicle will be instrumental in helping the charity support those in difficult-to-reach communities such as the Snowdonia mountain range, Lleyn Peninsula and Isle of Anglesey. Read more via Jaguar Land Rover