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

Posted on 19 Apr 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.

Hybrid approach to titanium manufacturing boosts UK aerospace opportunity

A new hybrid manufacturing method could boost capability in the UK and increase manufacturing efficiency for key aerospace components, which could in future be used by global manufacturers for the production of aircraft.

Shropshire-based SME, SDE Technology – a lightweight engineering business – is leading the initiative to develop a new superplastic forming process, enabling the company to expand into the aerospace market. More via The Manufacturer

Orbex Secures £16.7m Investment for Rocket ‘Ramp Up’ Period

The UK spaceflight company Orbex has received £16.7m from six backers in an update to its Series C funding round.

With pre-launch testing underway, the funding will help Orbex ramp up the development of Prime, its 19-metre long, two-stage rocket designed to transport small satellites into Low Earth Orbit. The aim is to ensure full readiness and scalability for its launch period. More via Orbex

Wrightbus appoints new director as business continues to grow

Northern Ireland-based zero-emission bus manufacturer Wrightbus has appointed industry expert Keith Watson as its new director of sales for the UK and Ireland.

Keith is well-known in the industry for being customer-focused and for introducing new technologies and added value. More via News Letter

Match made in tooling leads to press investment

A specialist supplier to the F1, automotive and aerospace sectors is looking to increase its tooling capacity by purchasing its first Bruderer press.

Alan Spargo, which celebrates 50 years in business in 2025, has invested in a BSTA 40-tonne machine to help it provide its growing list of customers with the option to test tooling solutions at high speed before they go into production. More via The Manufacturer

Turf manufacturer SIS Pitches aims for global growth with factory investment and key hires

Synthetic turf manufacturer SIS Pitches has invested £500,000 in its factory as it bids to win more contracts around the world.

The company has installed two more tufting machines at its factory in Maryport, Cumbria, to more than double its capacity to make elite sports surfaces.

SIS Pitches makes hybrid, synthetic and natural pitches for sports football, rugby, hockey, padel, Gaelic sports, tennis and cricket. More via Business Live

Babcock and Roshel sign a memorandum of understanding

Babcock and Roshel, a leading manufacturer of armoured special purpose vehicles, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaboratively explore opportunities to support the Canadian Armed Forces. More via Babcock

BAE Systems selects Hanwha Defense USA for modernization project

BAE Systems Ordnance Systems Inc. (OSI) has selected Hanwha Defense USA (HDUSA), the US defense subsidiary of Hanwha Aerospace in South Korea, to modernize an existing production building at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. More via BAE Systems

New ‘Kanwar Tulip’ marks 15th anniversary of Vredestein joining Apollo Tyres family

Apollo Tyres has commissioned an all-new variant of tulip – a plant closely associated with the Netherlands – to mark the 15th anniversary of the company’s acquisition of Vredestein, as well as the recent 115th anniversary of the formation of the iconic Dutch premium tyre brand.

Named in tribute to the Kanwar family which founded and owns Apollo Tyres, the ‘Kanwar Tulip’ is notable for its highly distinctive purple petals, which echo the primary hue of the Apollo Tyres logo. More via The Manufacturer