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.

WEC Group invests £10m in new state-of-the-art heavy machining and nuclear fabrication facility in UK

WEC Group has announced the commencement of construction on a new state-of-the-art, 60,000 sq. ft heavy machining and nuclear fabrication facility in Walker Park, Blackburn.

This new development marks a significant milestone in the Group’s ongoing expansion strategy and cements its position as the premier subcontract manufacturing business in the UK. More via The Manufacturer

Alstom close to securing a new train order for UK plant

Train maker Alstom is close to a deal with the UK government over an order for new trains that could prevent mass job losses at its historic factory in Derby.

Transport secretary Mark Harper met the French company’s chief executive Henri Poupart-Lafarge in the UK capital on Tuesday to discuss an order for 10 new Elizabeth Line trains for Transport for London. More via Financial Times

Drinks manufacturer steps up UK expansion plans with new partnership

A Dudley-based drinks firm has taken a step forward in its UK expansion plans, after signing a deal with wholesalers Parfetts.

Virtus Brands manufactures and distributes 15 drinks brands including its Jatt Life ultra-premium vodka. More via The Business Desk

AUKUS Trilateral Advanced Capabilities Forum brings industry together for first time

ADS, MakeUK Defence, SMI, and techUK have announced the establishment of an “AUKUS Advanced Capabilities Industry Forum” that will see the participation of 12 Trade Associations representing the Australian, US and UK industry in the aerospace, defence, security, maritime and tech sectors alongside senior government officials from the three allied partners. More via The Manufacturer

£84m Prestwick satellite manufacturing plan axed

Plans to build a satellite manufacturing site at Prestwick have been ditched.

Ayrshire Live reported that the US-based company behind the £84m scheme is now scrapping the proposed facility, which was part of the wider £250m Ayrshire Growth Deal. More via Insider

Britishvolt ‘gigafactory’ site to be sold for £110m to US private equity firm

The site in north-east England previously owned by the failed battery startup Britishvolt is to be bought for £110m by a US private equity firm, which plans to build one of Europe’s largest data centres.

Blackstone Group is to buy the 95-hectare (235-acre) site near Cambois in Northumberland to take advantage of its links to renewable energy, according to the receivers for one of the Britishvolt companies. More via The Guardian

New platform highlights top engineering apprenticeship employers

Leeds Manufacturing Festival will host the launch of a pioneering new digital platform this week, showcasing the very best employers offering engineering apprenticeships across the UK, as part of the festival’s campaign to address the skills and recruitment crisis facing manufacturing and engineering firms. More via The Manufacturer