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

Posted on 12 Mar 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.

Made Smarter empowers 125 digital leaders

Made Smarter has empowered 125 digital leaders with the vision, skills and drive to pursue smarter manufacturing through its two innovative leadership programmes.

The participants hail from across the spectrum of the manufacturing workforce, from managers to production operatives. More via The Manufacturer

Oxford Mini Plant: New Mini Cooper launched

A new petrol Mini has been launched, though the brand’s plans to be fully electric are still on target, the plant’s director has said.

The fifth generation Mini Cooper has started production at the Mini plant in Cowley, Oxford.

Dr Markus Grüneisl said the Mini line was “in the middle” of a “transformation” but that electric Minis would be made onsite from 2026. More via BBC News

RS PPE event shines light on sustainability

RS held an event at its Corby headquarters recently to bring together health and safety industry specialists, suppliers and organisations from a variety of sectors that buy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The theme of the event was sustainability and attendees shared their knowledge and insights around this rapidly evolving topic. More via The Manufacturer

Enginuity roadmap aims to secure the future of UK manufacturing

Enginuity, a charity whose mission is to find new ways of closing the UK’s engineering and manufacturing skills gap, has published a roadmap aimed at securing the future of the sector. It is calling on employers, training providers, and policymakers to work together on five key priorities for building and maintaining a skilled workforce for the future. More via Drives & Controls

More good news for UK’s first space port

Following the UK government’s recent announcement to provide £10m of funding For SaxaVord, the UK’s first space port, another key milestone has been achieved in the evolution of the Scottish space industry.

High Growth Scotland reports today that Hyimpluse, one of two German companies contracted to launch from SaxaVord has been granted its first flight license by the UK CAA. More via Scottish Business News

Private equity syndicate swoops for West Midlands manufacturer

Elite KL, a West Midlands-based specialist thermal management business, has been acquired by a private equity syndicate. The company provides specialist services, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electric vehicle battery thermal management for customers in the automotive, rail and construction sectors. More via Business Sale Report

Rivelin Robotics to lead Innovate UK’s post-processing project

Rivelin Robotics, a UK-based robotics software company, is leading a funded project that is set to deliver automated finishing of flight parts, orthopedic implants, and gas turbine components produced using metal additive manufacturing processes.

The project is part of the UK Research and Innovation’s MSI Challenge, delivered by Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council. More via Voxel Matters

MAN aims to maximise £20m sales boost with major investment drive

A manufacturing collective that thrives on bringing work back to the UK has enjoyed a major sales boost.

The Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN) has seen a £20m increase in orders, with several high-profile export contracts secured in the EU, the Middle East, and the Far East. More via The Manufacturer