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

Posted on 11 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.

BMW invests €650m in Munich plant for all-electric production from 2027

BMW is investing €650m in its Munich plant to facilitate the production of exclusively electric vehicles (EVs) from the end of 2027.

The Munich plant will be the first location in the BMW Group’s existing production network to have successfully completed the transformation to E-mobility from the end of 2027. More via The Manufacturer

GKN Aerospace invests £50m to grow world-leading sustainable additive fabrication capability

GKN Aerospace has boosted its commitment to sustainable manufacturing, with a £50m investment in its cutting-edge additive fabrication technology in Trollhättan, Sweden.

The Swedish Energy Agency’s Industriklivet initiative will fund £12m of this investment, which will help to revolutionise production methods by reducing raw material usage by up to 80%. More via GKN Aerospace

Boohoo put ‘Made in UK’ labels on clothes made overseas

Fast-fashion firm Boohoo put “Made in the UK” labels on potentially thousands of clothes that were actually made in South Asia, BBC Panorama has found.

Plain T-shirts and hoodies had their original labels removed at Boohoo’s flagship factory, Thurmaston Lane in Leicester, last year. More via BBC News

Gripple achieves carbon neutrality across UK operations

Gripple has released its 2022 Sustainability Progress Report which outlines how it has achieved its first sustainability goal: carbon neutrality across its UK operations.

This means that Gripple, through dedicated efforts across its UK business, has managed to achieve emission reduction targets, supplemented with sustainable offsetting to deliver no net impact on the environment, as certified by Planet Mark and in accordance with PAS2060:2014. More via The Manufacturer

University of Nottingham partnership sparks innovation in clean energy

A partnership that pairs researchers from the University of Nottingham with a UK manufacturer is set to strengthen the company’s competitive edge, by creating new capability and in-house-expertise in clean energy.

Kingsmill Industries Ltd has partnered with the university to help expand its portfolio and enter a new market through two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). More via University of Nottingham

Hamamatsu UK celebrates 20% growth and two birthdays

Hamamatsu Photonics UK today announced it is celebrating over 20% growth in the team in the past year, alongside two birthdays – the 35th of the UK company and the 70th of the global parent.

The UK leader in optoelectronics, Hamamatsu Photonics UK is continuously growing. From humble beginnings with just 6 people, it appointed its 61st member of staff in December. More via The Manufacturer

Spirits manufacturer raises more than £2m as it seeks international expansion

UK-based brandy manufacturer Burnt Faith has raised over £2m in funding, the firm announced this week.

Investors in Burnt Faith include communications professional Matthew Freud and the former co-owner of Anchor Brewing and Anchor Distilling Keith Greggor. More via Food Manufacture

Smith+Nephew announces completion of CartiHeal acquisition

Smith+Nephew has announced that it has completed the acquisition of CartiHeal, developer of Agili-C, a novel sports medicine technology for cartilage regeneration in the knee.

Smith+Nephew paid $180m on completion, with up to a further $150m contingent on future financial performance. More via Smith+Nephew

Leonardo provides update on Combat Air AI Challenge

Early last year, Leonardo launched the Leonardo Combat Air AI Challenge, inviting UK-based Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), start-ups and academia to showcase the potential power of disruptive technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Leonardo catches up with the team to find out all the latest on the follow-on pilot-projects. More via Leonardo