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

Posted on 17 Oct 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.

Construction begins on BAE Systems’ state of the art shipbuilding facility in Glasgow

Construction has begun on a huge new ship build hall that will transform and enhance shipbuilding in Glasgow.

The new ship build hall at the Govan shipyard will shortly begin to take shape now that the basin has been filled and piling has begun. Measuring 170m long and 80m wide, this vast facility will be large enough for two Type 26 frigates to be constructed side-by-side.

Last November, BAE Systems secured a £4.2bn contract with the Ministry of Defence to build five more Type 26 ships. This builds on the initial contract for the first three vessels and provides confidence to invest in the long-term future of the Glasgow site. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners opens state-of-the art canning line at Sidcup manufacturing site

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), the world’s largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola, today marked the official opening of its new state-of-the art canning line in Sidcup.

The opening was attended by Louie French, MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, who met CCEP’s General Manager Stephen Moorhouse and VP for Customer Service and Supply Chain, Javier Gandarias Sanchez, as well as the site’s operations director, Karl Probert and colleagues on the factory floor.

The site celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2021 and the new line is capable of producing 2,000 cans per minute, forming a key part of a £28m investment in the factory, further highlighting CCEP’s commitment to investing in the latest manufacturing innovation. Find out more at The Manufacturer

JCB announces plans for new North American plant

JCB has announced it is set to build a new factory in North America which will create 1,500 new jobs over the next five years.

The construction of the 720,000 sq ft (67,000m²) factory will begin early next year on a 400-acre site in San Antonio, Texas.

The new facility will manufacture machines largely for customers in North America, the world’s biggest market for construction equipment. Find out more at JCB

AMRC Cymru rolls into agri-tech with autonomous tractor

AMRC Cymru has taken delivery of the UK’s first commercially available fully-autonomous tractor, enabling the research centre to plough new ground in the agriculture industry and will be showcased during Wales Tech Week.

The AgBot has been designed to create a smaller, lighter and more efficient tractor unit, which can run non-stop and unsupervised for up to 23 hours. Saving not only time, it can also enable farmers to plan ahead with daily operations in order to help them drive forward their sustainability footprint, improve farming precision and provide traceability data to support vital business decisions. Find out more at The Manufacturer

UK manufacturers salute South Korea tariff deal

UK car makers are celebrating a two-year extension to rules which help British companies to access lower or zero tariffs when selling goods to South Korea.

The extension has been secured under the UK-South Korea free trade agreement and comes as welcome news for businesses who can continue to avoid the high tariffs imposed by South Korea on products entering the country. Find out more at AM Online

Innovative cross-party 5-point plan launched to grow engineering and technology apprenticeships for young people

Former Labour and Conservative ministers Lord Knight and Lord Willetts, with support from charity EngineeringUK, are today launching an ambitious new 5-point plan for growing and sustaining engineering and technology apprenticeships for young people.

Recognising the critical importance of engineering and technology for the UK and the sector’s growing workforce needs, the new report is the culmination of a comprehensive inquiry – seeking to find solutions to reverse the worrying decline in apprenticeship starts seen in the sector over recent years. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Leonardo to attend Seoul ADEX 2023 to strengthen partnership with Korea

Leonardo will attend the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (Seoul ADEX) – stand 199 in Hall F – from October 17-22. Leonardo has decades of heritage in Korea providing the latest helicopters, such as the world-class AW159 helicopter, currently in service with the Republic of Korea Navy and defence & security electronics. Today, the Republic of Korea’s key civil and military forces conduct operations using a wide range of high technology Leonardo equipment.

At ADEX, the two world class helicopters AW101 and AW189 will be shown at the Leonardo booth to learn more on the latest technologies, high performances and superior solution on mission capability. Find out more at Leonardo

UK locker maker Locit leads the way in carbon neutral manufacturing

An innovative manufacturer of steel lockers has scooped a UK first – and what it believes could be a world first for its sector – by achieving carbon neutrality.

Locit, based in Deeside, has received PAS 2060 certification, which is deploying a holistic approach to reduce the environmental impact covering energy, supply chain, design, manufacture and packaging.

PAS 2060 is the internationally recognised specification for carbon neutrality published by the British Standards Institution (BSI). It demonstrates carbon neutrality claims are both credible and verified to increase accountability and consumer confidence. Find out more at Production Engineering Solutions

Northumberland manufacturer invests in ‘next generation’ of robotic automation

A major North East based bucket and coupler manufacturer, Miller UK, has significantly bolstered its manufacturing capabilities through upgrading its suite of ‘state-of-the-art’ welding robots significantly increasing production and the safety of its workforce.

With headquarters in the Cramlington, and operations across the globe, Miller has invested in five new robots commissioned and already in full operation, allowing the firm to significantly improve its welding speed and deliver 100 per cent weld consistencies on its product range.

The new robots are developed by ‘industry leaders’ in welding and automation, CLOOS and include two different model ranges, QRC 410-2.0, ideal for welding attachments for machines up to 45 tonne and two QRC 350-E models, capable of handling attachments for machines up to 100T. Find out more at Bdaily News