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

Posted on 14 Apr 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.

Ford brings hands-free driving trechnology to motorways in Great Britain

Ford BlueCruise assisted driving technology allows hands-free driving on specific sections of divided motorways called ‘hands-free blue zones’.
Ford has delivered a watershed moment with the introduction of a Level 2 hands-free advanced driver assistance system, with regulatory approval for use on the motorway network in Great Britain – the first system of its kind approved in Europe.

With Ford BlueCruise technology, drivers of enabled Mustang Mach-E models can use “hands-off, eyes-on” driving technology on 2,300 miles (3,700 km) of pre-mapped motorways in England, Scotland and Wales, designated as Blue Zones. Read more via The Manufacturer

Babcock to support British Army with electric vehicle conversion and trials

Babcock International has been awarded a one-year contract by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to help the British Army understand the applications and constraints of electric propulsion.

Partnering with electric vehicle (EV) experts, Electrogenic, we will convert four in-service military Land Rovers, two protected vehicles and two general service, from diesel fueled to EV using a drop-in kit and modified battery system. Read more via The Manufacturer

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners launches new employee-led career platform to support professional development

To further support employees’ career progression, CCEP has launched the Career Hub – an employee-led online platform that suggests learnings, connections, internal vacancies and networking opportunities, based on employees’ individual profiles. Read more via CCEP

BAE Systems and Microsoft join forces to equip defence programmes with innovative cloud technology

BAE Systems and Microsoft have signed a strategic agreement aiming to support faster and easier development, deployment and management of digital defence capabilities in an increasingly data centric world.

The collaboration brings together BAE Systems’ knowledge of building complex digital systems for militaries and governments with Microsoft’s approach to developing applications using its Azure Cloud platform. Read more via The Manufacturer

Ministry of Defence awards £650m to firms working on Tempest fighter jet

The Ministry of Defence has awarded £650m to manufacturers working on its Tempest fighter jet, in the latest sign that the UK is pushing forward with the aim of producing the aircraft by 2035.

The companies who will receive the money are led by manufacturer BAE Systems, jet engine maker Rolls-Royce, and the UK arms of Italy’s Leonardo and European missile-maker MBDA. Read more via The Guardian

Major new five-year £22m contract agreed between Aurora Engineering Partnership and DE&S

A major new five-year contract will see Aurora support the DE&S Ships Maintenance Management (SMM) team through the provision of subject matter expertise to the Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) fleets over the next five years, until 2028.

The Aurora Engineering Partnership is a unique partnership between QinetiQ, Atkins and BMT, supported with a world-class network of specialist providers, to deliver the Engineering Delivery Partner (EDP) – the default route for the procurement of engineering services for DE&S, and other MOD departments and agencies. Read more via Qinetiq

Manufacturer boosts production with £500,000 investment

A family-owned manufacturer has secured a new £500,000 funding package to help it boost production and create jobs.

To support growing demand from customers, Weldall has purchased a new Bystronic cutting machine which will triple the speed at which the business can process metal which it said could grow revenue by 15 per cent. It will also allow it to hire four new employees to support the operation of the machinery. Read more via Business Live