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

Posted on 13 Jul 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.

The Manufacturer announces TM Live: championing industry, promoting innovation, recognising achievement

The Manufacturer team has announced TM Live, the annual gathering of the most senior executives of the manufacturing industry, where delegates will share knowledge, celebrate success, reconnect and grow their networks.

Running 13–15 November at The Exhibition Centre, Liverpool, The Manufacturer Live features everything from the super-focused discussions of The Manufacturer Directors’ Forum and Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit, to the lively dancefloor of TMMX Awards and the celebratory fanfare of the Top 1,000 Hall of Fame. Read more via The Manufacturer

Westbus builds capacity with third Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double decker

Alexander Dennis has announced that it has delivered a further Enviro400 double deck bus to West London-based contract and private hire specialist Westbus, part of the international ComfortDelGro group.

The new high-capacity double decker follows two identical buses supplied in 2020 that have proven themselves as cost-effective vehicles to move large numbers of passengers. Read more via Alexander Dennis

Denby Pottery granted planning permission for new solar array

Derbyshire-based, Denby Pottery has been granted planning permission for a new 2MW solar array, that will see the tableware manufacturer reduce its CO2 emissions by 475 tonnes each year.

The ground-mounted array of DMEGC Solar 550w modules will be delivered in partnership with on-site energy generation specialists, YLEM Energy. Read more via The Manufacturer

Britvic signs exclusive solar power agreement with Atrato Onsite Energy

Britvic has partnered with Atrato Onsite Energy (Atrato), a leading solar energy provider, to deliver clean energy to Britvic via an innovative 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Atrato’s new solar installation in Northamptonshire will generate energy exclusively for Britvic. It will have a total capacity of 28MW and will be capable of generating 33.3 GWh pa of clean energy, the equivalent of powering 11,500 homes or planting 260,000 trees. Read more via Britvic

JCB launches biggest ever NSPCC fundraising drive

JCB has launched the biggest-ever fundraising drive for the NSPCC in its history – with a target of £2m.

The appeal will culminate in 2025 when JCB celebrates its 80th anniversary – and 40 years of support for the UK’s leading children’s charity. It was through Carole Bamford that the NSPCC originally became JCB’s nominated charity, with millions of pounds raised over the years. Read more via JCB

ABB expands large robot family with four energy saving models, 22 variants

ABB Robotics is expanding its large robot range with four new models and 22 variants offering more choice increased coverage and greater performance.

The next generation models include the IRB 6710, IRB 6720, IRB 6730 and IRB 6740, suitable for payloads ranging from 150kg to 310kg, with a reach from 2.5m to 3.2m, offering customers greater choice and significant performance and energy efficiency improvements. Read more via The Manufacturer

SMMT awarded Gold employer status for services to armed forces community

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has become one of the first sector-specific trade bodies to be awarded Gold status under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). The ERS recognises UK employers that demonstrate and advocate support for the armed forces community, and have values aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant – a pledge to ensure fair treatment for those who have served in the forces and their families. Read more via SMMT

New UKRI-funded hubs will lead innovation towards a net zero energy sector

An UKRI investment of £53m in six research hubs and centres will drive forward change in the energy system and help to meet the UK’s net zero target by 2050.

The energy research centres and hubs will boost knowledge, create innovative green technologies and reduce demand for energy to achieve greener, cleaner domestic, industrial and transport energy systems. Read more via UKRI

Johnson Matthey signs agreement for hydrogen investment in China

Johnson Matthey (JM) has signed an investment agreement with the Jiading District in Shanghai to help accelerate the hydrogen economy in China.

At a signing ceremony in Sonning, UK today, JM and the Shanghai Jiading District announced plans to build a new catalyst coated membrane (CCM) production facility, providing CCM production capability for multiple proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell applications and PEM electrolysers. Read more via Johnson Matthey