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

Posted on 14 Mar 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.

Major investment boosts Scottish biotech companies’ ability to scale

Bio-based businesses in Scotland will have access to a vital new piece of infrastructure helping them to develop products at scale, thanks to an £847,000 investment announced by the Scottish Government’s Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade, Mr Richard Lochhead.

The funding, awarded to the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) through Scottish Enterprise, will support the purchase and installation of a 300-litre fermenter to be hosted at FlexBio – the innovation centre’s scale-up facility based at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. More via The Manufacturer

Partnership secures six-figure industrial decarbonisation funding

Bradford Manufacturing Futures, a partnership planning a collaborative approach to decarbonisation, has secured Local Industrial Decarbonisation funding up to £726,729 from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

This council-led project will identify opportunities for decarbonisation across Bradford district in some of the highest emitting sectors such as Chemicals, Food, Basic Metals, Mineral Products and Metal Fabrication, which produce 52% of the district’s CO2 emissions. More via The Business Desk

National Physical Laboratory launches first of three Innovation Nodes

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has launched the first of three innovation nodes with a focus on the application of accurate and precise timing for new technologies and products for sectors including transport, telecommunications, fintech, and quantum.

The nodes have been developed in partnership between NPL and the host organisations, the University of Strathclyde, the University of Surrey, and Cranfield University. More via The Manufacturer

Capri-Sun launches its first ever fully recyclable pouch

Drinks manufacturer Capri-Sun has launched its first ever fully recyclable pouch across 200ml single serve packs of its Orange and Blackcurrant & Apple flavours. More via Food Manufacture

Vision Engineering enhances anodising capability in Midlands

Vision Engineering, a multinational designer and manufacturer of innovative, patented ergonomic stereo optical and digital instruments has relocated its anodising arm, Milturn Finishing, to a brand-new facility in Measham, Leicestershire following its acquisition in 2022.

The Leicestershire location is beneficial as the Midlands serves as a major hub for UK manufacturing, innovation, and skilled workforce. More via Production Engineering Solutions

ORE Catapult outlines UK floater pathways

A new report from ORE Catapult’s Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence has outlined potential future pathways to develop critical port infrastructure and manufacturing centres to support the deployment of UK floating wind.

The study provides both an assessment of the current challenges facing port infrastructure in relation to floating wind, as well as options for overcoming those challenges and helping the UK tap into the economic potential on offer. More via reNEWS.biz

San Franciscans stand ready to swap their cars for public transport

Four in five San Franciscans back investing in public transport over driving, according to a new global survey commissioned by Hitachi Rail.

In a boost for green travel in San Francisco, its citizens also believe that their public transport system is more convenient than driving, and with greater ability to avoid overcrowding, almost three-quarters would use it more. More via The Manufacturer