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

Posted on 13 Oct 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.

Airbus announces leadership team changes

Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) is announcing changes to the leadership team led by Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury, as well as the appointment of a designated Commercial Aircraft business management team which will operate under the helm of Christian Scherer. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Building materials provider Simpson Manufacturing struck by cyber attack

Simpson Manufacturing, an engineering firm and building material provider in the US, has been struck by a cyber attack that caused disruptions in its information technology infrastructure and applications.

The disclosure was made in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, with the company saying that after becoming aware of the malicious activity, it began taking steps to stop and remediate the activity, including taking certain systems offline.

Along with stating that it had hired third-party cyber security experts to support its investigation and recovery efforts, Simpson Manufacturing added that the incident “has caused and is expected to continue to cause disruption to parts of the company’s business operations.” Find out more at siliconANGLE

£50m deal agreed to build UK’s largest speciality fertiliser manufacturing plant

Commercial developer the Horncastle Group and global crop inputs manufacturer Yara International have struck a deal to build Britain’s largest speciality fertiliser manufacturing plant in East Yorkshire.

Caddick Construction has been appointed as main contractor on the scheme.

The deal – representing a total investment of more than £50m – marks the start of work on Phase II of Ozone Business Park; a logistics and distribution hub in Howden, developed by the Horncastle Group. Find out more at The Business Desk

First high voltage electrical harnesses roll off the line for the all-electric Lilium Jet

Lilium N.V., developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet, announced today that the first high-voltage electrical harnesses for the Lilium Jet have been completed. The announcement marks another important achievement on the path to first assembly, industrialization, and entry into service of the revolutionary Lilium Jet.

A collaboration between Lilium, its design and build partner for electrical wiring integration, GKN Aerospace, and connector supplier, Rosenberger Group, the high voltage electrical harnesses represent a critical system on the Lilium Jet. The harness system, for which Lilium has been granted patents in the U.S. and Europe, is essential for the Lilium Jet’s safety critical power distribution architecture. Find out more at GKN Aerospace

Skyrora, Viasat, and CGI partner to develop a commercial space-based launch vehicle telemetry solution

Skyrora, Viasat, and CGI have been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) under the Commercial Space Transportation Services programme to demonstrate InRange, a space-based launch vehicle telemetry relay system which will benefit launch vehicle providers across the industry globally.

InRange will enable Skyrora to achieve continuous transmission of telemetry data during flight, from launch to payload deployment. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Sheffield Forgemasters signs civil nuclear MOU

Sheffield Forgemasters, X-energy and Cavendish Nuclear, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the next generation of UK nuclear reactors.

The companies will collaborate to explore opportunities around the deployment of a fleet of Xe-100 Generation IV Advanced Reactors in the UK, based on High-Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor technology.

X-energy and Cavendish Nuclear will tap into Sheffield Forgemasters’ decades of experience in the development of nuclear forgings and castings with plans to build up to 40 Xe-100s across the country as the UK looks towards nuclear as a zero-carbon energy source. Find out more at Sheffield Forgemasters

Norton Motorcycles targets output boost with new Mazak machine

Norton Motorcycles is targeting a major productivity boost following the delivery of a new Yamazaki Mazak vertical machining centre.

The iconic motorcycle brand, based in Solihull in the West Midlands, has taken delivery of a Mazak VTC 800/30SLR vertical machining centre into its fabrication facility that is capable of machining an entire bike frame within the high capacity working area.

The new investment will be used to machine the fine detail onto the company’s bike frames, work that had previously required a manual process. Find out more at Production Engineering Solutions

Barilla-owned Pasta Evangelists opens first UK factory

Pasta Evangelists, the direct-to-consumer business owned by Italian pasta and sauce heavyweight Barilla, is to open its first UK factory this month.

London-based Pasta Evangelists said the new 47,000 sq-ft facility, located in its home city, will produce more than 50 tonnes of fresh pasta each week as well as sauces.

It said it will showcase “the treasured craftsmanship and artisan tradition of pasta-making” by producing not just well-known pasta varieties but more unique lines, including ‘porcupine ravioli’ (crestoni), corzetti, anolini, saccottini and busiate. Find out more at Just Food