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

Posted on 11 Apr 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.

Tesla’s next ‘Megafactory’ to be built in Shanghai

Tesla has announced that its next Megafactory will be built in the Chinese municipality of Shanghai.

Revealing the revelation in a Tweet yesterday, Tesla said the new factory will be capable of producing 10,000 Megapacks a year. A Megapack is a very large battery that can be used to help stabilise energy grids and prevent power outages.

Trebles pumps up its permanent recruitment solution with MET extension

One of the UK’s leading suppliers and manufacturers of pumps has extended its working relationship with MET Recruitment after a hugely successful jobs push.

Trebles, which operates from a national distribution centre in Wolverhampton and two flagship sites in Derby and Uxbridge, had been struggling with succession planning and in finding the right people to support recent growth. Read more via The Manufacturer

Alexander Dennis to create Larbert electric bus factory

A Scottish bus builder’s expansion plans have been described as a “great vote of confidence” in the business.

Alexander Dennis, a subsidiary of the Winnipeg-based bus giant NFI Group and hailed as the world’s biggest double-decker maker, said it is to expand its Larbert head office and facility into a manufacturing site.

The site will focus on the production of the new Enviro400EV zero-emission bus from August 2023, assembling the next-generation body on the new Alexander Dennis battery-electric chassis. Read more via The Herald

Work on £150m Co Antrim can factory delayed by at least a year

Plans to build a £150m factory in Co Antrim have been delayed by at least a year, The Irish News understands.

Drinks can manufacturer Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP) secured planning approval in August 2022 for a new 460,000 sq ft facility at Invest NI’s Global Point Business Park in Newtownabbey.

It was understood that AMP Europe, a subsidiary of the New York listed Ardagh Group, had been keen to break ground as soon as possible.

The factory is expected to create around 160 permanent jobs once fully operational. Read more via The Irish News

MTC Training secures overall ‘good’ grade at first Ofsted assessment

MTC Training’s staff, learners and partners are celebrating the success of the organisation’s first full Ofsted visit. The skills provider, which seeds the UK manufacturing industry with future-proof engineering skills through bespoke specialist training programmes, secured an overall rating of “Good” with “Outstanding” grades for Personal Development and Behaviours and Attitudes. Read more via The Manufacturer

Phoenix rises to the ‘proving out’ challenge with £750,000 Worcester Presses investment

A Black Country specialist in precision press tool design and manufacture is targeting £3m turnover by 2025 after it completed a £1.1m investment drive that included the installation of a complete new press line.

Phoenix Tooling & Development Ltd, which supports customers in the automotive, construction, white goods, EV and medical sectors, has extended its long-standing relationship with Worcester Presses to purchase a new 500-tonne Ching Fong press and full coil line. Read more via The Manufacturer

Take a 14-mile trip on an autonomous Scottish bus starting next month

Travelers looking to get from Fife to Edinburgh will soon have a new transport option: a fleet of five autonomous buses set to begin operating in Scotland on a 14-mile route this May.

Running from Ferrytoll Park and Ride near the Forth Road Bridge to the Edinburgh Park Transport Interchange, the bus route is claimed to be the first registered autonomous bus operation in the UK. On the 14-mile route the buses will travel up to 50 miles per hour in mixed traffic, and will have the capacity for around 10,000 passenger journeys per week. Read more via The Register