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

Posted on 19 May 2023 by The Manufacturer

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New £1bn strategy for UK’s semiconductor sector

A new 20-year plan to secure the world-leading strengths of the UK’s semiconductor industry has today (Friday 19 May) been unveiled by the government.

The National Semiconductor Strategy sets out how up to £1bn of government investment will boost the UK’s strengths and skills in design, R&D and compound semiconductors, while helping to grow domestic chip firms across the UK. Read more via GOV UK

Made Smarter Awards recognise SME manufacturers pursuing digital transformation

The first ever recipients of the Made Smarter Awards, celebrating excellence in manufacturing, have been revealed.

The scheme has been launched to mark the fourth anniversary of the pioneering Made Smarter adoption programme, a government-funded and industry-led initiative helping SME manufacturers digitalise, decarbonise and drive growth.

More than 150 businesses, representing every part of the North West and a diverse range of sectors, have been recognised for their committed approach to digital transformation. Read more via The Manufacturer

Jaguar owner Tata leans toward UK over Spain for battery plant

Britain is close to winning a major battery plant for electric vehicles as Tata Group, the parent company of Jaguar Land Rover, leans toward choosing it over Spain.

Tata, a conglomerate involved in industries from cars to salt, is currently favoring a factory in England after the UK government offered a support package, according to people familiar with the matter. Read more via Bloomberg

Record growth for UK in apprenticeships across Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors, latest figures show

The latest figures published by ADS Group showcase the £37bn value added to the UK economy by the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors in 2022. It further reveals that businesses delivering world-class products and services generated £82bn in turnover, with UK exports from the sectors worth £36bn. Read more via The Manufacturer

Chancellor visits MTC as part of national ‘Business Connect’ programme

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt has visited the Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre as part of the Government’s national “Business Connect” programme.

Accompanied by more than 50 captains of British industry, he discussed the importance of advanced manufacturing to the UK economy. Read more via The Manufacturer

Ford calls for extension of post-Brexit trade rules until 2027

Ford is calling for an extension of post-Brexit trade rules until 2027 to avoid disruption to electric vehicle (EV) disruption.

The Blue Oval has invested £1.6bn at its passenger car factory in Cologne, Germany and a further £380m at its e-motor production site in Halewood, Merseyside.

New rules from next year will mean 45% of the value of an EV being sold in the EU has to originate from the UK or the EU to avoid a 10% tarriff. Read more via AM Online