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

Posted on 13 Feb 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.

UK nuclear sector launches first government-backed initiative to double workforce and fill 80,000 jobs

The UK’s nuclear sector is launching its first ever sector-wide initiative to attract and recruit people over the next two decades, as it enters a new era of government-backed expansion.

The civil and defence nuclear workforce will need to double over the next 20 years – supporting around 80,000 additional skilled jobs across the UK. More via The Manufacturer

Boeing selects BAE Systems for US Navy vehicle management system computer upgrade

BAE Systems has been selected by Boeing to upgrade and modernize the vehicle management system computer (VMSC) for the U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling system. The technology refresh will increase computing power and address obsolescence issues, providing the unmanned aerial tanker with an integrated solution that improves aircraft performance and allows for future capability growth. More via BAE Systems

ADS announces Babcock’s David Lockwood as new president

ADS Group Ltd., the UK trade association for the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, has today announced the appointment of David Lockwood, CEO of Babcock, as their new President.

Lockwood’s strategic vision and deep understanding of the UK’s advanced manufacturing industries will be invaluable in driving forward ADS’ mission to secure UK advantage in an increasingly competitive global environment. More via The Manufacturer

Siemens’ Goole facility gets larger share of Piccadilly Line train contract

Siemens Mobility has revised its plans for the production of trainsets for London Underground’s Piccadilly Line so that up to 80% of the fleet will now be assembled in the UK, an increase from the 50% initially planned.

This has no impact on the overall project scheduling, which is based around London Underground being able to launch a new Piccadilly Line timetable offering more capacity in 2027. More via Railway Gazette International

Aston Martin unveils three new jewels in the crown of high performance

Aston Martin has unveiled a trio of racers at Silverstone, the home of British motorsport.

The luxury marque took the wraps off of its AMR24 Formula 1® challenger, new Vantage sports car and Vantage GT3 racer all on the same day. More via Aston Martin

Nissan GB boss ‘ecstatic’ about new multi-million-pound Hendy showroom

A sustainable new Nissan dealership in Hampshire has been praised by the manufacturer’s UK boss.

Andrew Humberstone, the managing director of Nissan GB, was joined by network development and customer quality director Csaba Vincze for a visit to the state-of-the-art Hendy showroom and workshop in Eastleigh. More via Car Dealer Magazine

Sensient’s Felinfach factory future in doubt due to restructure

Questions remain over the future of a factory in Ceredigion after its owner announced plans to restructure.

It is understood that around 100 people work at the Sensient site in Felinfach, which develops food flavours and extracts.

In a statement, Sensient Technologies Corporation said it was “evaluating the potential closure of its manufacturing facility in Felinfach, Wales”. More via BBC News

World leading virtual reality teaching facility opens at the University of Nottingham

This year’s cohort of second year Product Design and Manufacture students at the University of Nottingham are the first in the country to benefit from a brand-new virtual reality (VR) classroom that revolutionises the teaching of VR software.

Based in the university’s Engineering Science and Learning Centre (ESLC), the classroom enables remote viewing and communication between lecturers and students in a way that’s never been done before. More via The Manufacturer