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

Posted on 15 Aug 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.

Welsh firms win more than £1m of new business at Paris Air Show

More than £1m worth of new business has been secured by the Welsh delegation to the Paris Air Show in June with over £3.6m in further opportunities also identified, Economy Minister Vaughan Gething has revealed today. Find out more on gov.wales

Report reveals a lack of skills is holding back the UK’s big reshoring drive

More than half of manufacturers in the UK feel they don’t have the right skills to take advantage of the growing ‘reshoring’ trend according to the In-Comm Training Barometer out today.

53% of companies said they would need to invest in boosting the skills of the workforce if they are to bring work home, with just over a quarter saying they have successfully brought contracts back over the last twelve months.

A similar number (23%) have kickstarted reshoring strategies, with the majority holding back due to restraints with their current and future workforce. Find out more on The Manufacturer

Indonesia says Tesla plans to invest in battery material facility

Indonesia said on Monday that U.S. electric carmaker Tesla plans to invest in the manufacturing of battery materials in the Southeast Asian country and will make an announcement in the next few months.

Indonesia has for years been wooing Tesla to invest in battery making and car manufacturing in the country, trying to leverage its rich reserves of nickel, which can be processed for use in electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Find out more on Reuters

From sandwich-maker to jobs creator – Around Noon opens sixth UK manufacturing site

NEWRY-headquartered fast-growing food-to-go manufacturer Around Noon is opening a new factory at Slough Trading Estate near London as part of a major investment plan which will create 200 more jobs, bringing its total workforce to more than 1,000

The company – which recently acquired the north London-based Soho Sandwich Company – has also enjoyed strong organic growth in recent times, including securing a series of large contracts in the travel, foodservice and coffee sectors.

To facilitate its future expansion, Around Noon acquired a new 30,000 sq ft factory in Slough, which will become its sixth manufacturing facility. Find out more on The Irish News

UKRI funds research for a sustainable fashion and textiles industry

A £6m investment by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will help the fashion and textile industry integrate more sustainable and responsible practices. Find out more on UK Research and Innovation

GEA supplies HEINEKEN UK with heat pump solution for Manchester site

GEA has supplied its long-term customer HEINEKEN UK with a low carbon heat network for its Manchester brewery.

This is in support of HEINEKEN’s global ambition to reach net zero across its production sites (scopes 1 and 2) by 2030.

Once completed, HEINEKEN UK estimates that the installation will result in a 45 per cent decrease in gas use, leading to a reduction of carbon emissions. Find out more on The Manufacturer

Alstom to provide Ireland’s first battery train charging facility

Train manufacturer Alstom has been awarded a contract to provide the first charging facility for battery trains in Ireland.

The French-headquartered firm will build the facility for Irish Rail’s new Battery Electric Multiple Unit (BEMU) trains, which will operate between Dublin city centre, Drogheda to the north, and elsewhere. Find out more on IMechE

Kraft Heinz announces leadership transition

The Kraft Heinz Company has announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Carlos Abrams-Rivera as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board, effective January 1, 2024. Until then, Abrams-Rivera will continue in his role as President of the North America Zone with the added responsibilities of becoming President of Kraft Heinz, effective immediately. Find out more on Kraft Heinz

UK food-tech business secures £2.3m to scale operations in advance of Series A

UK-based bio-tech business Clean Food Group has secured a further £2.3m in funding to accelerate the commercialisation of its sustainable oils and fats technology.

International investment has come from industrial food specialists Doehler Group and Alianza Team as the global food industry looks to invest in healthier and more sustainable food choices for future generations. Find out more on Food & Drink International

thyssenkrupp Materials UK announce partnership with ClearVUE.Business

thyssenkrupp Materials UK, the material supplier and supply chain solutions provider in the UK, is excited to announce its partnership with ClearVUE.Business, a renowned net-zero consultancy, for a ground-breaking sustainability project focused on energy monitoring.

This initiative is aligned with thyssenkrupp Materials Services – holding company of thyssenkrupp Materials UK, and its commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 within the frame of the sustainability strategy “BEYOND”. Find out more on The Manufacturer