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

Posted on 15 Jan 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.

GSK to invest £200m in UK manufacturing operations

GSK is planning to invest £200m in its UK manufacturing operations over the next two years.

As part of the plans between 2023 and 2025, GSK will improve its UK sites, including constructing new facilities and assembly lines. More via The Manufacturer

UK Automotive needs an aerodynamic approach amid election headwinds – SMMT CEO

SMMT chief executive, Mike Hawes, has published an update outlining how the UK must build on its reputation as one of the best locations to develop, produce and sell electric vehicles, components and solutions.

As Hawes points out: “No other sector is so integral to the net zero success, jobs and economic growth across the UK that every government craves.” More via SMMT

Raspberry Pi now manufacturing 70,000 Pi 5s per week, will surge to 90,000 in February

After a rough couple of years where all models of Raspberry Pi (except the Pico microcontroller) were in short supply, it’s now relatively easy to find most SKUs in stock. However, the new Raspberry Pi 5 can still be a slight challenge; at press time, it was sold out at the authorized U.S. retailers but in stock at the UK outlets.

That’s all about to change as Raspberry Pi Ltd is currently producing 70,000 Raspberry Pi 5 boards a week with plans to scale up to as many as 90,000 units per week in the near future. More via Tom’s Hardware

Tuffa Tanks fills up for expansion with UK industrial first

A rapidly expanding manufacturer of plastic and steel distribution and storage tanks has become the first industrial company in the UK to tap into PayEscape’s integrated payroll and HR solution.

Tuffa Tanks, which employs 50+ people at its factory in Uttoxeter, is looking to further increase its workforce over the next five years as it looks to meet increasing demand for its existing products and the launch of its new product lines. More via The Manufacturer

Tesla pauses German production after Red Sea shipping attacks

Electric car manufacturer Tesla is to halt most production at its factory near Berlin for two weeks because of delays in deliveries of parts because of attacks on ships in the Red Sea.

Shipping delays in the Red Sea, caused by attacks by Iranian-backed Houthi militants, has caused Tesla to suspend most production at its German factory from 29 January to 11 February. More via The Guardian

MarineMax buys UK yachting products company

Clearwater-based MarineMax, the world’s largest recreational boat, yacht and superyacht services company, added to its portfolio this week, purchasing William Tenders USA.

William Tenders USA is the American outpost of U.K.-based William Tenders, the world’s leading manufacturer of rigid, inflatable jet tenders for the luxury yacht market. More via The St. Pete Catalyst

Delta Air Lines orders 20 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft

Delta Air Lines has chosen Airbus to meet its needs for modern efficient widebodies having placed a first order for 20 A350-1000 aircraft. The A350-1000 will be a new aircraft type in Delta’s fleet. More via Airbus

BAE Systems delivers first production-ready ACV Command variant to US Marine Corps

BAE Systems has delivered the first Amphibious Combat Vehicle Command and Control (ACV-C) variant under the full-rate production contract to the US Marine Corps. The ACV-C will provide Marines with a mobile command center which enables situational awareness and operations planning in the battlespace. More via BAE Systems