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

Posted on 18 Sep 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.

Manufacturing battens down the hatches as downturn looms – Make UK/BDO survey

Britain’s manufacturers are battening down the hatches amid a very sharp slowdown in activity and, potential recession, according to the latest data from Make UK and business advisory firm BDO.

The findings in the Make UK/BDO Q3 Manufacturing Outlook survey show that the positive picture of the first half of the year has now gone sharply into reverse, with recruitment plans ceasing and orders slowing at home and abroad. Find out more at The Manufacturer

New research hub to decarbonise the UK shipping industry

Last week, The Maritime Minister Baroness Vere announced a new maritime research hub to decarbonise the shipping industry and support green economic growth.

The new hub was launched by Baroness Vere on Clean Maritime Day at London International Shipping Week. Find out more at UK Research and Innovation

Could the introduction of green tech spell job losses at Tata Steel?

Tata Steel and the UK government have jointly agreed on a proposal for the largest investment in the UK steel industry for decades. But will it come at a cost?

The proposal which includes a £500m injection from government, aims to lay the decarbonisation pathway towards globally competitive and sustainable steel making in Port Talbot, UK. Commenting on the announcement, Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran said: “The agreement with the UK government is a defining moment for the future of the steel industry and indeed the industrial value chain in the UK. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Bentley Motors celebrates two decades in Danish capital

Bentley Motors is to celebrate 20 years presence in Denmark with an exclusive representative Bentley Copenhagen. Bentley Copenhagen’s milestone also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Bentley Continental GT. Launched in 2003, the definitive grand tourer was the first all-new Bentley of the modern era creating a new market sector, being the first with all-wheel drive and the first to feature the innovative W12 engine. Find out more at Bentley

MoD, Boeing and Babcock fortify their commitment to Supply Chain Excellence at DSEI 2023

The UK Ministry of Defence, Boeing Defence UK and Babcock International Group today joined the Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) Framework in a signing ceremony at DSEI 2023.

The SCS Framework marks the commitment by organisations to strengthen their relationships with the supply chain, with a total of 13 signatories.

The SCS Framework is facilitated by ADS Group, the UK trade association for aerospace, defence, security and space. The programme recognises the importance of the UK’s supply chain ecosystem to delivering economic prosperity and national security. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Babcock’s Type 31 frigate programme moves into multi-ship build phase with second keel laying

Babcock continues its successful delivery of the Royal Navy Type 31 frigates, with the laying of the keel for HMS Active, the second of the five-ship Inspiration class programme.

This marks the move into the programme’s multi-ship phase which sees two warships being built simultaneously, with work continuing only metres away on the first of the Inspiration class, HMS Venturer. Find out more at Babcock International

SONIC Labs establishes new partnerships with leading Taiwanese innovators to drive Open RAN innovation and investment forward

Digital Catapult, working in partnership with Ofcom, has today welcomed seven pioneering new companies to its SONIC Labs (SmartRAN Open Network Interoperability Centre) programme, funded by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT).

SONIC Labs is a world-leading programme driving forward the rollout of a new wireless communication technology known as Open Radio Access Networks (Open RAN), enabling mobile networks to be built using a variety of different equipment suppliers. Its approach has

put the UK at the forefront of telecoms innovation globally, and has generated interest from global companies looking to participate. Find out more at Digital Catapult

AI tool ‘can cut EV battery testing by up to 70%’

A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool can cut testing of automotive batteries by up to 70%, according to its developer.

Designed to speed up the development and integration of batteries and accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), the product was developed by London-headquartered Monolith. Find out more at IMechE