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

Posted on 15 Apr 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.

Report reveals ‘True Impact’ of manufacturing is nearly a quarter of UK GDP

Manufacturing is having a far greater impact on the UK economy than first thought according to a major new report released today.

‘The True Impact of UK Manufacturing’ shows industry is worth £518bn and supports 7.3million UK jobs directly and across the supply chains/communities it operates in. More via The Manufacturer

UK economy grew by 0.1% in February

The UK economy grew for the second month in a row in February, driven by expansion in manufacturing and raising hopes the UK is emerging from a technical recession.

Gross domestic product increased by 0.1 per cent between January and February, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday. More via Financial Times

FANUC and Loop sign aerospace deal for UK’s largest ever robots

Aerospace automation specialist Loop Technology has signed a deal with FANUC UK for seven new robots – including four units of the largest industrial robot ever to be ordered in the UK, the FANUC M-2000iA/1700L.

Renowned as the strongest long-reach robot in the world, three FANUC M-2000iA/1700L 6-axis units will be delivered to the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) for its new innovation facility in South Yorkshire. More via Aerospace Manufacturing

New heavy lift quay supporting SeAH’s UK monopile factory to go into operation this summer

A new quay in the UK’s Tees Valley that will support SeAH Wind’s new XXL monopile manufacturing facility is set to be operational in early summer 2024.

Construction work on the first 450-metre phase of the South Bank Heavy Lift Quay, which started in 2021, is now complete, according to Teesworks Ltd, a private-public partnership developing the Teesworks Freeport. More via offshoreWIND.biz

RAICo Fellowship to widen participation within the field of robotics and AI

Women and those early in their academia career who are passionate about robotics and artificial intelligence are encouraged to apply for a RAICo Fellowship.

RAICo is a collaboration between the UK Atomic Energy Authority, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd and the University of Manchester.

The collaboration is accelerating the deployment of robotics and AI in nuclear decommissioning and fusion engineering. More via The Manufacturer

Factory where people ‘stay a long time’ celebrates 100th birthday

A manufacturer where people “stay a long time” has celebrated its 100th birthday as a limited company.

Today Heap & Partners, based in Birkenhead, is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and distributors of fluid control equipment. The valve company was founded by William Heap in 1866 as a partnership, but the firm was not registered as a limited company until March 19, 1924.More via Liverpool Echo