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

Posted on 12 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.

Airbus reports strong year, delivering 735 commercial aircraft in 2023

Airbus delivered 735 commercial aircraft to 87 customers around the world in 2023, demonstrating strong performance despite a complex operating environment.

The Commercial Aircraft business registered 2,319 gross new orders (2,094 net). As a result, its 2023 year end backlog stood at 8,598 aircraft. More via The Manufacturer

HVM Catapult partnering with Welsh Government on digital factory hub

The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult is collaborating with the Welsh Government on a new digital factory hub to advance manufacturing technology innovation and support Wales’ green industrial transformation.

The collaborative partnership site, at the Bay Technology Centre in Port Talbot, builds on the success of HVM Catapult’s centre in North Wales, AMRC Cymru. It will house state-of-the-art equipment provided by the Welsh Government, including a SMART workbench, robot station and the latest 3D printing technologies. More via HVM Catapult

Scott Bader to invest £30m in UK manufacturing site

Northamptonshire-based chemicals company, Scott Bader UK, has announced it will invest £30m to transform its flagship UK manufacturing site.

The five-year programme will commence in 2024 with £8m earmarked for the first phase. More via The Manufacturer

UK government plans further nuclear power expansion

The government is exploring plans to build a new large-scale nuclear plant, despite concerns about delays to existing projects.

Ministers say the project would be the biggest expansion of the sector in 70 years, reducing reliance on overseas supply.

The new plant would quadruple energy supplies by 2050, they say. More via BBC News

Tong Engineering announces acquisition of synergetic business

UK vegetable handling equipment manufacturer Tong Engineering has announced the completed acquisition of Terry Johnson Ltd based in Holbeach, Lincolnshire.

The acquisition is strongly aligned with Tong Engineering’s growth aspirations and is a natural progression for both businesses, based on long-term synergies and a highly respectful relationship between the two. More via Farmers Guide

Gritter manufacturer hails successful year

A gritter manufacturer has hailed a successful year boosted by the first full year of operations at its new facility.

Ripon-headquartered Econ Engineering makes more than 85 per cent of the UK’s winter road maintenance vehicles.

Recently filed accounts for Econ Engineering show turnover of £47.9m for the year ending 31 March 2023, up from £43.7m in 2021/22. More via Insider Media

University of Nottingham becomes first UK university to become associated member of flagship European aerospace programme

Led by the Institute for Aerospace Technology, the University of Nottingham is celebrating being announced as the first UK university to become an Associated Member of the Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking (CAJU) – the EU’s leading research and innovation programme for making the aviation industry ready for a sustainable future. More via The Manufacturer

Machinery manufacturer Apple Food Systems enters administration

Apple Food Systems has entered administration, information available on the Companies House website confirms.

Apple Food Systems designs, builds and installs bespoke machinery and equipment for food and drink businesses. More via Food Manufacture