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

Posted on 19 Jun 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.

Industry leaders unite to unlock £9.3bn SME export potential with new E-Commerce Trade Commission

The UK’s first E-Commerce Trade Commission was launched on 13 June, to encourage 70,000 more small British businesses to trade and export online and help boost the economy by £9.3bn.

The Commission – made up of leading industry experts – is the first of its kind and will act as an advisory group directly to the Department for Business and Trade (DBT). Read more via The Manufacturer

JLR harnesses the power of AI to protect and strengthen supply chain

JLR has today announced a new collaboration with Everstream Analytics, the industry-leading supply chain mapping and risk analytics experts, which will embed AI into JLR’s supply chain management.

With this new technology, JLR can monitor its supply chain in real-time in order to help avert any future global supply issues, protecting the production of its current models and next generation of pure-electric vehicles.

The technology analyses data using a combination of AI, predictive analytics, machine learning and human intuition to plot emerging incidents such as natural disasters, strikes, data breaches and export issues on a global map, alerting JLR to any potential impact on its supply chain. Read more via JLR

Manufacturing recovery continues despite challenges – Make UK/BDO survey

Britain’s manufacturers are seeing a continued rebound in activity in the second quarter of the year, easing fears of a significant recession for the sector according to a survey published today by Make UK and accountancy and business advisory firm BDO. Read more via The Manufacturer

GE Aerospace runs one of the world’s largest supercomputer simulations to test revolutionary new open fan engine architecture

To support the development of a revolutionary new open fan engine architecture for the future of flight, GE Aerospace has run simulations using the world’s fastest supercomputer capable of crunching data in excess of exascale speed, or more than a quintillion calculations per second.

GE Aerospace is the first business to use the US Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Frontier supercomputer. Read more via GE Aerospace

GKN Aerospace unveils Global Technology Centre (GTC) in the Netherlands, advancing sustainable aerospace technology

GKN Aerospace has opened its latest Global Technology Centre (GTC), in Hoogeveen the Netherlands. This state-of-the-art facility, which was opened last month, is part of GKN Aerospace’s substantial €80 million investment in the Netherlands. The cutting-edge centre serves as a dynamic environment for research and accelerated development of the latest sustainable aerospace technologies.

The Netherlands GTC’s primary focus will be on advancing lightweight thermoplastic composites for the next generation of aircraft, while also spearheading an extensive R&D electrification program in collaboration with GKN Fokker sites in Hoogerheide and Papendrecht. Read more via GKN Aerospace

Skyrora 3D prints and tests new model of orbital engine to prepare for commercial launch

Skyrora has begun a series of full-duration tests to qualify the updated design of its 70kN engine for its first commercial orbital launch. The engines have been 3D printed by using Skyrora’s Skyprint 2 machine for the first time, halving the production time and reducing costs.

The new engine design features an improved engine cooling chamber to increase the efficiency of the cooling process and, in turn, extend the engine’s life cycle. Compared to the original model, Skyrora’s 70 kN engines can now be manufactured approximately 66% faster at a 20% cost reduction. Read more via The Manufacturer