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

Posted on 17 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.

The Manufacturer continues to tackle the manufacturing skills gap through renewed partnership with Michael Page

The Manufacturer has announced it will be renewing its strategic partnership with global recruitment specialists, Michael Page, after a highly successful first 12 months.

The multi-channel partnership was launched in May 2022 to address the chronic skills issues faced by the UK manufacturing sector.

The strategic alliance will continue to seek to combat the challenges facing the manufacturing industry from a skills perspective and provide the tools to help it thrive by attracting new talent that taps in to more modern, digitalised ways of working. Read more via The Manufacturer

Vauxhall-maker says UK needs to change its Brexit deal

One of the world’s biggest carmakers has called on the government to renegotiate part of the Brexit deal or risk losing parts of its car industry.

Stellantis, which makes Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroen and Fiat had committed to making electric vehicles in the UK.

But it has now said it is no longer able to meet Brexit trade rules on where parts are sourced. Read more via BBC News

Coca-Cola bottling site in Sidcup starts production of plastic bottles with attached caps to boost recycling

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) GB is extending the roll out of plastic bottles with attached caps with production starting at its manufacturing site in Sidcup, South-East London. The packaging development will help improve recycling rates and prevent waste across its entire portfolio of products.

The new design enables the cap to stay connected to the bottle after opening, making it easier to recycle the entire package and ensure no cap gets left behind, even when on the go. Read more via The Manufacturer

UK MoD announces £1.4bn investment in new Chinook helicopters

A £1.4bn programme to start modernising the UK’s Chinook fleet over the next decade has been agreed with the US Government.

The deal negotiated by DE&S will see British forces benefit from 14 of the latest iconic heavy-lift helicopters. Read more via MoD

FANUC places education centre stage at inaugural Automation UK show

As part of its campaign to inspire the next generation of robotics engineers, automation experts FANUC UK will showcase a suite of education-themed initiatives at the first ever Automation UK event (stand B14, 20-21 June 2023, Coventry).

The Automation UK event will serve as the perfect springboard to highlight the benefits of a career in robotics, as well as demonstrate to visitors the myriad applications of FANUC’s robot and cobot solutions across sectors as diverse as food & beverage, pharmaceutical, automotive, aerospace, FMCG and general manufacturing. Read more via The Manufacturer

UK renews tech and science deal with Japan

The UK has signed a science and technology agreement with Japan, which will see the two countries collaborate on innovation and “game-changing technologies”.

The deal, which was signed by science minister George Freeman in Tokyo, is a renewal of the countries’ longstanding Science and Technology Agreement for the 21st century.

The government hopes the deal, which is part of the UK’s plan to become a global science superpower, will open up opportunities to bring new technologies to market, including in areas such as semiconductors and clean tech. Read more via Computer Weekly

US manufacturing production surges in April on motor vehicles

Production at U.S. factories surged in April, driven by an increase in output at motor vehicle plants, but manufacturing continues to be constrained by higher interest rates.

Manufacturing output accelerated 1.0% last month, the Federal Reserve said on Tuesday. Data for March was revised down to show production at factories declining 0.8% instead of 0.5% as previously reported. Read more via Reuters