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

Posted on 19 Oct 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.

newcleo signs MOU with Nuclear AMRC

Clean nuclear technology company newcleo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nuclear AMRC, a UK government-backed Technology Innovation Centre based at the University of Sheffield.

This MoU establishes an outline for a collaborative partnership to drive forward manufacturability, supply chain, and development studies for pioneering nuclear technologies. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Rolls-Royce completes next step on its journey to decarbonising Business Aviation

Rolls-Royce has announced the successful completion of a series of tests with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on its latest generation of business aviation engines, the Pearl 15 and the Pearl 10X. The Pearl 15, the first member of the Pearl engine family, powers Bombardier’s Global 5500 and 6500 aircraft, while the Pearl 10X will power Dassault’s ultra-long-range flagship aircraft, the Falcon 10X. Find out more at Rolls-Royce

Bakkavor 2023 graduate scheme now accepting applications

Leading fresh prepared food producer Bakkavor has 19 vacancies available for its annual graduate programme due to commence in September 2024.

The scheme provides the opportunity for a collection of recent graduates to take up roles in Bakkavor’s manufacturing, finance, technical, human resources, development and engineering departments, part of a three-year leadership training programme.Those selected will gain hands-on experience and contribute to projects from the very start, while also studying for a nationally recognised qualification and engaging in community and charitable activities. Find out more at Food Manufacture

Food and drink manufacturers cut prices in sign of slowing UK food inflation

Prices charged by UK food and drink manufacturers fell at the fastest rate in more than three years in September, according to the latest Lloyds Bank UK Sector Tracker.

In September, the food and drink manufacturing sector posted a reading of 48.8 on the Tracker’s measure of output charges, down from 50.5 in August and the lowest reading since February 2020 (46.0), raising the prospect that food prices paid by consumers could fall significantly in the coming months. A reading above 50.0 indicates an increase, while a reading below 50.0 shows a fall. Of the 14 sectors monitored by the Tracker, it was the only sector to record a decrease in output charges. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Go South Coast upgrades morebus and Southern Vectis fleets with 35 new Alexander Dennis Enviro400 low-emission buses

Alexander Dennis has announced that it is delivering a fleet of 35 new Enviro400 double deckers to Go South Coast.

The Go-Ahead Group company, which operates a fleet of over 850 vehicles on over 140 local and long-distance routes across Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, has allocated the new low-emission buses to its morebus and Southern Vectis operating units. Find out more at Alexander Dennis

Soft drinks firm plans to expand Leeming Bar manufacturing base

A soft drinks company has unveiled new plans to expand its manufacturing base in North Yorkshire.

Cawingredients said it aimed to extend its factory on Leeming Bar Industrial Estate by building new storage buildings and other infrastructure.

The move, submitted to North Yorkshire Council, would consolidate its existing storage and distribution facilities and create further jobs, the company said.

It currently employs around 460 people at its site near the A1(M). Find out more at BBC News

Sheffield Forgemasters welcomes 24 new apprentices

Sheffield Forgemasters has welcomed 24 new apprentices for 2023, as it progresses development on one of the world’s most advanced manufacturing facilities.

Nicola Childs, interim HR Director, said: “The calibre of candidates that came forward to join our apprenticeships scheme was very high this year and we were pleased to see much greater gender diversity across applications and successful candidates. Find out more at Sheffield Forgemasters

British shower trays specialist JT celebrates its 35th anniversary

Leeds-based shower tray manufacturer JT is celebrating its 35th anniversary and its growing trade with Europe.

Just Trays, which was founded in 1988, designs and manufactures shower trays from its Leeds headquarters, with two factories producing more than 8,000 trays a week.

The company can lay claim to having introduced the first shower tray on legs and boasts an innovative anti-slip solution that is said to “reinvent the way anti-slip showering was originally implemented”. Find out more at kbbreview

Cross-sector collaboration for connected digital twin, robotics and metaverse innovations

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Digital Catapult and Connected Places Catapult have announced a joint collaboration to develop the emerging National Cyber-Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) ecosystem in the UK – funded and supported by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT).

The collaboration builds on the foundations of the UK Government’s Cyber-Physical Infrastructure Consultation published in March 2022. Find out more at High Value Manufacturing Catapult

ABB expands robotics education offering with launch of the IRB

ABB Robotics is expanding its education offering with the launch of the IRB 1090. The 1090 industrial education robot, authenticated by the globally recognised education institute STEM.org, is designed to upskill students and provide them with a competitive advantage in securing employment.

The new education robot forms a key part of ABB’s wider robotics education offering, which includes additional industrial robots, as well as education packages, next generation controllers and market leading programming and simulation software. Find out more at The Manufacturer

NEJ Stevenson to expand to meet growing demand

NEJ Stevenson was founded in 1984 when Neil Stevenson borrowed £1,000 from his dad, Alan, to buy machinery and he set to work in his dad’s garage.

Plans have been approved for a single-storey extension with a roof terrace at the front of NEJ Stevenson’s site to create a new reception area and a new meeting room. Find out more at Bdaily News