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

Posted on 12 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.

First product rolls off Lontra’s Manufacturing Centre Assembly Line

Lontra’s new Manufacturing Centre in Doncaster, UK, has manufactured its first LP2 Blade Blower, marking the ramp-up in production for the wastewater and pneumatic conveying markets. Lontra has received a record number of enquiries after announcing it was ready to take an increased quantity of orders for the LP2 Blade Blower earlier this year, with interest stretching globally. Read more via The Manufacturer

AMRC demos UK’s first, fully operational standalone 5G factory of the future

UK manufacturers are another step closer to creating a more adaptable manufacturing ecosystem, with advantages in manufacturing efficiency and flexibility, thanks to the delivery of the UK’s first, fully operational 5G Standalone (5G SA) testbed, according to the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). Read more via Computer Weekly

New UK Government regulations to boost uptake of British-made steel in public projects

The UK Government has today announced updated regulations as part of the Public Procurement Notice (PPN) for steel that require reporting on the origin of steel in public projects.

The amended PPN should complement existing reasons for bodies to increase their uptake of British ‘melted and poured’ steel in publicly funded projects. Read more via The Manufacturer

Nissan inspires young minds at huge North East school engineering event

Nissan has brought the world of engineering and manufacturing to life for 1,700 youngsters with its inspirational two-week Schools Engineering event.

Children from 35 schools took the opportunity to hear and learn about the world of engineering, before putting their budding skills into practice in a team challenge to build a marble rollercoaster – using paper and sticky tape. Read more via Nissan UK

Plans for Honda’s former Swindon site waved through

Plans to redevelop the land around Swindon’s former Honda factory have been approved almost unanimously by councillors.

The car plant closed in 2021 having made 3.7 million cars during its 36 years in the town.

The site was bought in early 2022 by developer Panattoni, which specialises in high-end distribution centres.

Swindon Borough Council’s planning committee was almost all in favour of the development. Read more via BBC News

VarDAR moves to bigger UK facility

VarDAR systems Ltd, the manufacturers of the award-winning dual- directional flow air ring, has recently moved to a larger manufacturing facility in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in the U.K.

In a statement, the company said it needed to expand to meet increasing demand and to accomodat future product development. Read more via Plastics Technology

British Pump Manufacturers Association welcomes new Director and CEO

Wayne Rose, has officially become the new Director and CEO of the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA), following the retirement of his longstanding predecessor, Steve Schofield.

Having previously spent 24 years in various management roles at Manchester based, Armstrong Fluid Technology, Wayne brings with him a wealth of pump industry experience. Read more via The Manufacturer