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

Posted on 17 Jul 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.

PHASA-35 completes first successful stratospheric flight

British engineers have successfully completed a stratospheric flight trial of BAE Systems’ High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) – PHASA-35.

Over a 24-hour period, PHASA-35 soared to more than 66,000 feet, reaching the stratosphere, before landing successfully. Read more via The Manufacturer

Airbus Helicopters reiterates commitment to build export H175Ms in the UK despite Saudi plans

Airbus Helicopters insists its site in Broughton, North Wales will host the only final assembly line (FAL) for the H175M, and says a proposed joint facility for the military rotorcraft in Saudi Arabia will be focused solely on customisation and completion activities. Read more via Flight Global

US Department of Energy invests $32m to boost clean energy manufacturing

In a significant move to advance domestic manufacturing, promote clean energy, and create well-paying jobs, the Biden-Harris Administration has announced a $32m investment by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to strengthen the nation’s critical minerals supply chain. This funding, derived from President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda, aims to support the production of rare earth elements and other critical minerals and materials from domestic coal-based resources. Read more via Solar Quarter

Tesla announces first Cybertruck build ahead of Q2 earnings

Tesla over the weekend said its first much anticipated Cybertruck came off the electric vehicle maker’s production line in Texas. The debut of the long-delayed, futuristic-looking pickup truck comes in the lead up to Tesla’s second quarter 2023 earnings call. Read more via TechCrunch

Marshall Aerospace to open second skills academy at Cranfield in Bedfordshire

A new UK skills academy to tackle a chronic shortage of expertise in aerospace engineering is set to open.

Marshall Aerospace, one of the country’s leading air and defence firms, said it is facing an existential threat to an unprecedented global technical skills shortage.

The Cambridge-based company, which has announced it is moving to Cranfield in Bedfordshire, says it plans to open its second Skills Academy there next year. Read more via ITV.com

Leonardo announces £115m MOD contract to launch next stage of Excalibur Flight Test Aircraft (FTA) project

Leonardo, the UK’s defence electronics champion, has announced a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence worth around 134million euros (115 million pounds) that will launch the next stage of the Excalibur Flight Test Aircraft (FTA) project. The FTA will support the introduction into service of a new combat aircraft, which will be at the heart of the UK’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS). This next generation fighter is being delivered for 2035 by the Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP), an international collaboration between the UK, Italy and Japan. Read more via Leonardo