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

Posted on 16 May 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.

Space Forge enables reusable satellites as it announces revolutionary new way of returning from space to Earth

To enable them to be reused, satellites need a reliable and low cost way of returning to Earth. All current commercial space return vehicles use ablative heat shields which require replacement after every flight.

Now, Space Forge has developed a heat shield using a high temperature alloy which is large enough to radiate the heat of re-entry away without burning the material; making it fully reusable. Read more via The Manufacturer

UK leads Europe in race for space investment, new report finds

A PwC-UK Space Agency report reveals the UK is the most attractive destination for private investment in space after the US.

The ‘Expanding frontiers – The down to earth guide to investing in space’ report, produced by PwC in association with the UK Space Agency, highlights expected global space sector growth of up to 11% per year over the next decade and a near doubling of venture capital investments in revenue-generating space companies in the UK between 2015 and 2022, with 63% of investors new to the sector in 2021. Read more via GOV UK

JCB lands biggest ever electric order worth £3m

JCB has landed its biggest ever UK order for electric equipment after EMR, a global leader in sustainable materials, bought 50 electric Teletruk models, in a deal worth more than £3m.

EMR recycles over eight million tonnes of metals and plastics each year – anything from an aircraft carrier to a can. It has purchased the fleet of JCB electric Teletruk models for handling non-ferrous metals and end-of-life vehicles, across its nationwide UK sites. Supplied by dealer Gunn JCB, they replace an existing fleet of competitive diesel models. Read more via The Manufacturer

Apple partner Foxconn to invest $500m in India’s Telangana

Foxconn will invest $500m to set up manufacturing plants in the southern Indian state of Telangana, the latest in a series of bets from the key Apple contract partner as it expands its base in the South Asian market.

K.T. Rama Rao, Telangana’s IT minister, said in a tweet that the investment from Foxconn will create 25,000 direct jobs in the “first phase.” Read more via TechCrunch

Food producer Pilgrim’s UK looking to hire 90 new recruits

Food producer Pilgrim’s UK is looking to hire 90 new recruits to join its Redruth team.

The Cornwall-based pork products purveyor has been operating for more than 30 years at its Wilson Way Industrial Estate site, and serves customers including major retailers and foodservice businesses all over the country. Read more via Business Live

Dyson introduces its Airstrait straightener, a new way to straighten hair from wet to dry, with air

Dyson’s next milestone in hair care is the Dyson Airstrait™ straightener, which achieves wet to dry straightening with air, and not hot plates and with no heat damage.

Conventional tools cause heat damage but the Dyson Airstrait™ straightener is equipped with precise directional airflow so that it dries and straightens simultaneously from wet. Read more via Dyson