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

Posted on 15 May 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.

New project aims to revolutionise tunnel infrastructure installation with robotic AI

A consortium of mechanical and civil engineering, and robotic automation industry leaders, including Tunnel Engineering Services (UK) Ltd (TES), i3D robotics (i3D), the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Costain, and VVB Engineering, has developed the first robotic and AI solution set to revolutionise the installation of mechanical and civil services in tunnels. More via The Manufacturer

Work commences on new Scottish subsea cable factory

In a significant boost for the UK green energy supply chain, Sumitomo Electric has commenced construction of its state-of-the-art subsea transmission cable factory in the Scottish Highlands. The factory will supply critical elements for the reinforcement of the UK electricity transmission grid and for connecting renewable energy production facilities to the grid. More via Scottish Business News

Seabrook Crisps factory expansion moves forward

Plans to build a second Seabrook crisps warehouse will be brought forward as part of the manufacturer’s £12m expansion plans.

Calbee UK announced the construction of a 1,000m2 (10,763 sq ft) storage space on Duncombe Street in Bradford is going ahead.

The company said the development would help it produce more crisps. More via BBC News

Aurrigo to introduce four new autonomous baggage handling vehicles at Changi Airport

Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Aurrigo International plc have agreed to bring in a fleet of four autonomous baggage handling vehicles to pilot underwing operations at Changi Airport. More via The Manufacturer

Arla Foods commits over £300m to 5 UK sites

Arla Foods has committed over £300m between five of its UK sites with the aim of boosting UK manufacturing and the future of British dairy.

In addition to previously announced plans for its Taw Valley site, Arla Foods said it will update and expand its dairies and creameries at Lockerbie, Stourton, Aylesbury and Westbury. More via Agriland

Long-term plan needed to harness UK’s green industries, researchers say

The UK must harness its competitive advantage in green industries to reach net zero and reverse manufacturing decline, a report has said.

Research by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a left-leaning think tank, revealed the UK is already a world-leading presence in making a third of the 143 products needed in technologies to deliver net zero. More via Shropshire Star

DS Smith launches Customer Innovation Hub in Madrid

DS Smith in Iberia has chosen Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid (Spain) as the latest city for the launch of a Customer Innovation Hub, and it is intended to further facilitate both virtual and physical collaboration between DS Smith packaging experts, and their existing and potential new customers. More via The Manufacturer