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

Posted on 16 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.

Full educational programme for Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week announced

The education programme for Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week has been announced, with nearly 150 free-to-attend sessions taking place across eight solutions theatres during the live events on 5-6 June 2024 at Birmingham’s NEC. More via The Manufacturer

JLR develops new portable Battery Energy Storage System

JLR has partnered with energy storage start-up, Allye Energy, to create a novel Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to provide zero emissions power on the go.

A single Allye MAX BESS holds seven second-life Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEV battery packs that are simply removed from the vehicles and slotted into customised racks, without unnecessary additional processing. Each BESS can store 270kWh of energy at full capacity, enough to power the average UK household for nearly a month. More via JLR

UK Agri-Tech Centre launches in April

Innovate UK CEO, Indro Mukerjee, has unveiled the UK Agri-Tech Centre, the UK’s largest agri-tech organisation responsible for driving innovation in the sector.

This follows last September’s announcement that three existing Agri-Tech Centres will join forces to create a new integrated capability. More via UK Research and Innovation

New UK Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence and spin out launched

The University of Wolverhampton and 3D printing global leaders EOS, and AMCM, have announced they will join forces to launch a new UK Centre of Excellence for Additive Manufacturing (AM).

The partnership will provide access to cutting-edge technology from EOS and AMCM, and specialise in the development of advanced materials and processes for demanding applications within industries such as space, automotive, aerospace, electronics, and quantum computing. More via The Manufacturer

Brompton Bicycles boss backs crackdown on poor electric bike batteries

The boss of bicycle maker Brompton is backing a crackdown on “poor quality” electric bike batteries that have been blamed for a number of fatal fires.

Will Butler-Adams, managing director of Brompton Bicycles, is backing a charity’s campaign to introduce stricter rules on e-bike batteries and stop dangerous products from entering the UK. More via The Telegraph

£10m Blackburn machining facility investment to create 60 jobs

Blackburn-based engineering group WEC is investing £10m to build a new 60,000 sq. ft heavy machining and nuclear fabrication facility in Walker Park, Blackburn, creating 60 new jobs including 10 additional machining apprentices.

The new development is designed to expand 40 year old WEC’s business and will, the business claims, “cement its position as the premier subcontract manufacturing business in the UK”. More via The Business Desk

Locit helps greenkeepers stay on course for Open Championship

Royal Troon Golf Club’s greenkeepers are on course for this summer’s 152nd Open thanks to Locit, the Deeside locker manufacturer.

The 145-year-old club, based in South Ayrshire, Scotland, has made a large investment to upgrade their compound, which includes offices, a staff room, a kitchen, wet and dry changing facilities, showers and toilets. More via The Manufacturer