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

Posted on 13 Jun 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.

OCI Global fuels first ever green methanol powered container vessel

OCI Global has announced it is fueling the first ever green methanol-powered container ship in a new partnership with A.P. Moller-Maersk.

OCI will provide ISCC certified green biomethanol to power the maiden voyage of Maersk’s first dual-fueled container ship, in a pioneering step towards the decarbonization of global shipping. Read more via The Manufacturer

Boost UK manufacturing to attract £15bn billion new investment, says medicines manufacturing alliance

With the right policies in place, the UK can be the best global location for innovative and environmentally sustainable medicines manufacturing, attracting a portfolio of new industry investments worth £1.5bn annually over the next decade and supporting more than 116,000 new jobs. Read more via The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

Tevva develops a four times more efficient regen braking system with ZF

British electric vehicle manufacturer Tevva has successfully completed development of the regenerative braking system on its 7.5t battery-electric truck.

Part of this involved working with global Tier 1 supplier ZF to integrate its Electronic Brake System (EBS) for use in zero-emission Tevva electric trucks. Read more via The Manufacturer

Battery maker Recharge fast-tracks UK plant, overtaking Geelong

Battery manufacturing start-up Recharge Industries has abruptly pivoted from its plan for a Geelong gigafactory, and will first fast-track the multibillion-dollar Britishvolt project that Recharge founder David Collard rescued from administration in February.

Recharge has redeployed most of its 160 worldwide staff into crunching plans for the 30-gigawatt-hour (GWh) factory in northern England, which sits on a 93-hectare shovel-ready site. Read more via Financial Review

Hyundai Motors seeks to reshore $5.9bn, boosting production at home

Hyundai Motor Group said Monday it plans to bring back to Korea a capital surplus at its foreign units worth a total of $5.9bn, taking full advantage of the nation’s recent corporate tax revision as well as its upbeat sales abroad in recent years.

Under the scheme, the Seoul headquarters plans to boost dividends payouts to foreign units with good performance, including its US and European operations, and the dividends will be invested into expanding production of electric vehicles at home. Read more via The Korea Herald

OAS apprentices engineer solutions to meet the Emma Wiggs Challenge

Design concepts to help people with disabilities, developed by apprentices at leading engineering training centre Oxfordshire Advanced Skills, have been revealed at the final of the Emma Wiggs Challenge.

Double paralympic champion Emma Wiggs MBE, who launched the competition earlier this year, was one of the judges who assessed the entries which aimed to show how design engineering can be used to improve life for people with disabilities. Read more via The Manufacturer

Finding an EV-qualified technician is a postcode lottery

Research by The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has revealed significant gaps in qualified technicians to work on electric vehicles. The findings, published in a report titled ‘Electric Evolution: Examining the Triumphs, Trials and Roadblocks of the UK’s Electric Vehicle Aftermarket’, show that despite an increase in EV training in the last year, qualified technician availability is still inconsistent across the UK, presenting an underlying risk to the government’s decarbonisation plans. Read more via Institute of the Motor Industry

Britain fires up coal plant as solar panels suffer in hot weather

Britain has started burning coal to generate electricity for the first time in a month and a half, after the heatwave made solar panels too hot to work efficiently.

One unit at Uniper’s Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal power plant in Nottinghamshire started producing electricity for the first time in weeks on Monday morning, while another coal-powered plant was warmed up in case it was needed by the early afternoon. Read more via The Telegraph