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

Posted on 18 Mar 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.

Manufacturers’ confidence remains robust despite weak economy – Make UK/BDO survey

Confidence levels among manufacturers remain robust despite the weak outlook for the UK economy overall, according to the Q1 Manufacturing Outlook survey published today by Make UK and business advisory firm BDO. More via The Manufacturer

Department of Transport publishes Future of Flight action plan

The Department of Transport has published its Future of Flight action plan, a joint strategy for the industrialisation of emerging aviation technologies in the UK.

The plan was co-designed by the aviation industry and government through the Future of Flight Industry Group. It provides a balanced approach to the growth of the future of flight industry so that it benefits the UK economy, society and environment while maintaining high standards for aviation safety and security. More via Department of Transport

Industry experts call for skills strategy to keep pace with innovation at The National Manufacturing Summit 2024

UK manufacturing industry experts gathered last week to discuss the workforce of the future at the National Manufacturing Summit 2024 in Coventry.

Focusing on ongoing labour shortage, experts from the UK’s advanced manufacturing sector examined key actions that industry should take to upskill the existing workforce. More via The Manufacturer

Boost for drivers as millions delivered for EV chargepoints across the country

Charging electric vehicles is set to get even easier thanks to hundreds of millions of funding made available for local authorities, homeowners and renters today.

Following the approval of the first five local authority applications in February, payments to 44 additional councils from Torbay to Tees Valley, worth over £185 million, have now been approved to help residents charge their vehicles. More via Department of Transport

Yorkshire & Humber TUC pledges support for steelworkers’ fight for their industry

Support for the steelworkers’ struggle to save their industry was pledged at the Yorkshire & the Humber TUC annual meeting today.

Unite delegate Steve Davison proposed a motion declaring that Britain faces the prospect of becoming the only major economy in the world unable to make its own steel. More via Morning Star

Mercedes boss calls for more Chinese electric cars on UK and European roads amid EU law change plans

A leading motor executive and boss of Mercedes-Benz has called for tariffs on Chinese-made electric vehicles to be cut to spur on competition among major car brands.

The European Commission is considering introducing new tariffs and raising import duties to crack down on cheap EVs made in China which threaten the long-established auto market. More via MSN

Local MP powers up Denby Pottery’s solar array

Nigel Mills, the Member of Parliament for Amber Valley, visited Denby Pottery’s new solar array which was switched on this week in what is a key step in the company’s journey to Net Zero by 2050.

The 2.1 MW solar array has been delivered in partnership with on-site energy generation specialists, YLEM Energy, and will see the tableware manufacturer reduce its CO2 emissions by 475 tonnes each year. More via The Manufacturer