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

Posted on 18 Jul 2023 by The Manufacturer

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UK exports of manufactured goods could increase by over £1bn as the UK joins the CPTPP

Business and Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch has formally signed the CPTPP agreement for the UK.

The CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership), the free trade agreement between the UK and 11 other nations in the Indo-Pacific region will allow tariff-free trading.

According to the Department for Business and Trade, UK exports of manufactured goods to CPTPP could increase by over £1bn. Read more via The Manufacturer

Pressing the accelerator on green growth could earn up to £57 billion for the UK economy by 2030 – CBI

New analysis from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has shown that making the most of 27 green growth ‘prizes’ could deliver a £37-57 billion boost to GDP by 2030, equivalent to between 1.6% and 2.4% of GDP.

But, as other countries make serious pitches for green investment, businesses fear that the UK faces a ticking clock and serious competition to realise these opportunities.

With policy direction and ambitious goals now locked-in, the CBI is proposing a series of measures to help the UK move urgently into delivery mode to secure investment, boost supply chains and create green jobs. Read more via CBI

Four new Alexander Dennis Plaxton Leopard coaches join Park’s of Hamilton

Alexander Dennis has announced that it has supplied four new Plaxton Leopard coaches to Scottish operator Park’s of Hamilton.

Two of the new 12.8m Plaxton Leopard coaches have 59 seats in a conventional 2+2 arrangement, while the other pair offers even higher capacity at the same vehicle length with a 3+2 layout for 72 seats. All are fully compliant with PSV Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR) and provide wheelchair access via a side-mounted lift. Read more via Alexander Dennis

Industry continues to drive forward digital revolution towards net zero

Britain’s manufacturers are powering forward in their digital journey towards net zero as the sector moves to reduce energy usage and costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions and boost productivity, according to new research published by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation and Sage, provider of cloud business management solutions. Read more via The Manufacturer

HII and Babcock create strategic partnership to explore global opportunities

Babcock International has entered into a strategic agreement with HII to collaborate on naval and civil nuclear decommissioning and construction opportunities in the UK and US.

Both companies will apply their complementary capabilities to existing nuclear decommissioning contracts for US ships and UK submarines, to share best practices and provide the opportunity to upskill and enhance both organisations’ capability for the benefit of the US and UK programmes. Read more via Babcock International

Midlands college is UK’s first Gene Haas Centre for Advanced Manufacturing

A further education college in the East Midlands has become the UK’s first-ever Gene Haas Centre for Advanced Manufacturing – bringing a major investment in engineering facilities and training programmes for students, apprentices and employers.

West Nottinghamshire College has formed a pioneering partnership with the Gene Haas Foundation – the US-based grant-giving organisation set up by the founder of both Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America, and the Haas F1 Team in the FIA Formula One World Championship. Read more via Production Engineering Solutions

New head for Siemens’ flagship Congleton facility

Siemens has appointed Christian Grosch to lead its major manufacturing facility at Congleton as the business expands the site to target new vertical markets.

Christian, who has held international managerial positions with Siemens for more than three decades, which included roles in China, Brazil and Italy, takes the reins from his predecessor Andrew Peters, who headed-up the flagship site for nine years. Read more via The Manufacturer

Planning permission granted for subsea cable manufacturing plant with UK-Morocco link as first customer

Full planning permission has been granted by North Ayrshire Council for the construction of a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) subsea cable manufacturing plant.

The factory is to be built for specialist subsea cable company XLCC in Hunterston, Scotland by Pick Everard. This announcement follows outline planning permission for the plant granted last year. Work on the site is due to begin early next year with cable production slated for 2026. Read more via New Civil Engineer