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

Posted on 12 Dec 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.

Manufacturers urge government to appoint minister for manufacturing

Members from the UK’s fastest-growing manufacturing membership group have called on Ministers to prioritise British industry by appointing a Minister for Manufacturing.

Members of Made in Group, which includes Made in the Midlands and Made in Yorkshire, say that Britain can further advance its position as the eighth largest industrial nation globally but the sector needs more effective support from the Government to do so. More via The Manufacturer

BAE Systems, Babcock and RBSL join forces for UK’s future artillery programme

BAE Systems, Babcock and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) are joining forces to offer the ARCHER wheeled mobile artillery system to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) as the replacement for the legacy AS90.

The three companies, each with a well-established supply chain in the UK, plan to work with other UK businesses as plans progress. More via BAE Systems

Liverpool City Region Mayor accelerates growth of high-tech brake manufacturer with £13.2m investment

A Knowsley-based company that manufactures carbon ceramic brakes for high performance and premium vehicles is set to expand thanks to a £13.2m investment from Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram’s Urban Development Fund which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). More via Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Sheffield Forgemasters set to expand into nuclear fabrication after passing highly testing audit

Sheffield Forgemasters is positioned to expand into nuclear fabrication after passing a highly testing audit to regain its coveted ASME status as a key supplier of heavy forgings and castings to the civil nuclear power market.

The company is on-track to receive its nuclear qualification after an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Section III Division I NCA 3300 (NCA 3800), NCA 4000 and NQA-1 Code survey and audit, recommended it for Material Organisation (MO), and welding (NPT) accreditations. More via The Manufacturer

Hitachi facing UK difficulties as EU business thrives

Japanese rolling stock manufacturer Hitachi added to the malaise affecting the UK rail sector sentiment by taking a multi-million pound ‘writedown’ on its Newton Aycliffe factory.

The £82m plant was built in 2015 to facilitate Hitachi’s intercity rolling stock contract for the UK’s East Coast Main Line. But in its annual financial filing with Companies House Hitachi UK said it had been forced to reevaluate the value of its plant in the North East of England. More via Railway Technology

Automotive group acquired by international entrepreneur

A group of automotive engineering businesses have been acquired by an international entrepreneur, safeguarding hundreds of jobs.

Guido Dumarey, a Belgian industrial entrepreneur, subsequently acquired the businesses of Coleman Milne, VCS Police & Special Projects, Mellor, Treka, Promech Technologies, and JM Engineering on 5 December. More via Insider Media

Tinsel manufacturer eyes glittery future with £3m funding

A Cwmbran-based Tinsel manufacturer and Christmas decoration wholesaler is ramping up for the festive season with the support of a flexible £3m working capital package from Lloyds Bank.

The funding from Lloyds Bank helps to support the business during its Christmas trading period, as well as to purchase wholesale stock and make seasonal manufacturing hires to meet production demand during the first half of the year. More via The Manufacturer