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

Posted on 14 Sep 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.

Royal Air Force invests in BAE Systems most advanced fighter pilot helmet

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded BAE Systems a contract to develop its Striker II Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) for the Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon fleet.

Developed at BAE Systems in Rochester, Kent, Striker II is one of the world’s most advanced fighter helmets which uses the latest technologies to integrate its all-digital night vision system and daylight readable colour display. Find out more at The Manufacturer

VDL Groep reveals hydrogen fuel cell truck for Toyota’s European logistics operations

Toyota and VDL Groep have launched their first hydrogen fuel cell demonstration truck, developed in a collaboration between the two businesses announced in May last year. Toyota aims to help decarbonise its European logistics operations by integrating its fuel cell technology into VDL’s heavy duty trucks. Find out more at Toyota UK

Water positivity pushes ABB factory in India to the next level of sustainable manufacturing

ABB in India is leading the way in sustainable and responsible resource consumption in manufacturing after achieving water positivity ratings and Mission to Zero™ status for one of its factories in Nashik.

The Nashik site, which covers 49,000 m², has been certified as water positive with a water positivity index of 1.14 by the GRIHA Council (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), India. Find out more at The Manufacturer

QinetiQ and the University of Lincoln collaborate to establish a national Centre for Defence and Security Artificial Intelligence

QinetiQ and the University of Lincoln have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see the establishment of a partnership to develop a national Centre for Defence and Security Artificial Intelligence in Lincoln.

The centre will serve as a hub of best practice, research and development and training for artificial intelligence (AI) applications in defence and security. Find out more at QinetiQ

EGGER (UK) Ltd announces 2023 apprentice intake

International wood-based material manufacturer, EGGER UK, has recruited 29 local apprentices to join its 800 strong and growing team.

Mechanical, Electrical, Production, Business Administration, Sales, Purchasing, Health and Safety, and Logistics apprentices have joined departments across the Hexham, Barony and Timberpak sites.

To mark the start of the 2023 apprenticeship programme, EGGER UK hosted an induction week packed with activities, tours and talks. Find out more at EGGER UK

RS and OKdo help accelerate digital learning with manufacture and distribution of micro:bit computers for all UK primary schools

RS and OKdo are manufacturing and distributing 325,000 micro:bit classroom kits to UK primary schools free of charge.

RS, a global provider of industrial products and services including maintenance and safety solutions, and OKdo – a part of the RS Group will provide the computers during the 2023/2024 academic year, as part of a project to arm primary school children with the digital skills to understand the world around them and shape their own digital future. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Lockheed Martin launches SMEUNITE® to attract small and medium enterprises from the UK into the defence sector

Lockheed Martin today announced the official launch of its UK Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) ecosystem, SMEUNITE®. This new technical business network is the first of its kind in the UK defence sector and works to uncover opportunities for UK-based SMEs to collaborate on Lockheed Martin’s current and future programmes with a focus on innovative and affordable solutions for customers through a strong, diverse and agile supply chain. Find out more at Lockheed Martin

Leonardo and Valiant partner to compete for British Army Collective Training Service contract

Leonardo and Valiant, the US-based global government services contractor, will pool their expertise to pitch for the Collective Training Transformation Programme’s (CTTP) Army Collective Training Service (ACTS). ACTS will be a 15-year contract which will see around 60,000 troops trained each year in a blend of live, virtual and constructive simulated environments. Find out more at Leonardo