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

Posted on 16 Aug 2023 by The Manufacturer

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Clearly Drinks apprentices celebrate success following five year engineering programme

Apprentices at national soft drinks manufacturer, Clearly Drinks, are celebrating their success as they complete their NVQ Level 3 and HNC Level 4 engineering apprenticeship programme at its Southwick site.

Looking to fill multiple apprentice roles within the growing business before the end of 2023, Sunderland-based Clearly Drinks is hoping to offer more prospective candidates in the North East the chance to join the team and launch their careers in manufacturing. Find out more at The Manufacturer

DS Smith Charitable Foundation funds major biodiversity project

DS Smith’s Launceston logistics site has worked in partnership with the local council, charities, and community groups, to develop and manage the 12-acre woodland for the local community to enjoy and for native animals, plants, and insects to thrive in. The project – which was initiated three years ago – was one of the first biodiversity projects approved for funding by the Charitable Foundation. Find out more at DS Smith

Black Country manufacturer expands with Kent acquisition

A Midlands-based manufacturing firm has expanded its geographic reach with the acquisition of a company based in Kent. Assa Abloy, which has its UK base in the black country town of Willenhall, has acquired Ashford-based Sunray Engineering Group for an undisclosed sum. Find out more at Business Sale Report

Lucideon and the National Composites Centre partner to deliver next generation ceramic composites solutions

Lucideon and the National Composites Centre (NCC) have forged a closer collaboration to develop advanced ceramic composites solutions to meet a growing market demand for materials that survive in ever harsher environments.

Both parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide a comprehensive range of services in the use of oxide and non-oxide ceramic composite materials for a variety of applications. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Ford’s Lisa Brankin adds UK chair position to managing director role

Managing director Lisa Brankin has taken on the additional role of chairing Ford’s UK operations, effective immediately.

Lisa succeeds Tim Slatter, promoted to a global US-based Ford role, as lead UK executive overseeing all facilities and investment, and continuing to run the Ford of Britain & Ireland sales and service company. Find out more at Ford UK

Cramlington-based manufacturer acquires ANF Ltd to support UK growth

Cramlington-based Reproflex3, a leading prepress, flexographic plate manufacturer and FMCG packaging print specialist, has acquired ANF Ltd in Shildon, County Durham, experts in the production of flexographic printing plates for the packaging industry.

The acquisition will support Reproflex3’s expansion inside the European corrugated packaging sector by increasing its production capabilities as well as growing its footprint in the pharmaceutical sector. Find out more at Bdaily News

ElectraMeccanica and Tevva announce proposed merger

ElectraMeccanica, a designer and assembler of electric vehicles, and Tevva, a pioneer in electric medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, have announced that they have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement, pursuant to which ElectraMeccanica and Tevva have agreed to combine by way of a British Columbia statutory plan of arrangement.

The attending members of the Boards of Directors of both companies unanimously approved the proposed transaction. The proposed transaction is intended to accelerate their combined ability to capture the growing opportunity in commercial electric trucks. Find out more at The Manufacturer

£20m cheese factory first in the UK to unveil electric milk truck ahead of major factory expansion

A Cutting-edge cheese factory that runs entirely on renewable energy is set to go even greener thanks to an electrifying new partnership.

Mona Dairy is a headline sponsor of this week’s Anglesey Show and plans to unveil the UK’s first BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) tractor and trailer for milk haulage in front of special guests including Ynys Mon MP Virginia Crosbie, and Mark Spencer, Minister of State for Food, Farming and Fisheries of United Kingdom. Find out more at News From Wales