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

Posted on 20 Feb 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.

BAE Systems delivers fifth and most advanced Astute submarine to the Royal Navy

HMS Anson, the fifth Astute class submarine, which BAE Systems has designed and built for the Royal Navy, has departed the Company’s shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, and headed out to open sea for the first time.

After being guided through the shipyard’s dock system and rounding the tip of Walney Island, HMS Anson began her maiden journey to His Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, home of the UK’s Submarine Service. She will undertake sea trials before joining HMS Astute, HMS Ambush, HMS Artful and HMS Audacious, in operational service with the Royal Navy. Read more via The Manufacturer

2023 UK Innovation Report

Innovation is key to achieving a sustainable economy and supporting high-value jobs. Addressing pressing socio-economic challenges requires the development and large-scale deployment of new technologies across our industrial sectors.

The UK government restructure signals the intention to turn scientific and technical innovations into practical, applicable solutions to help make sure the UK is the most innovative economy in the world. As such the Cambridge Industrial Innovation Policy, University of Cambridge, is set to launch its UK Innovation Report 2023 and explore the UK’s innovation activity and its industrial performance in a global context. Read more via The Manufacturer

Babcock awarded contract to operate Skynet – the MOD satellite communications system

Babcock has been awarded the contract to manage and operate Skynet, the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) military satellite communications system.

The six-year contract, with an initial value of more than £400m, forms part of the MOD’s £6bn Skynet 6 programme, sustaining more than 400 jobs in the south-west of the UK. Read more via Babcock International

Lockheed Martin plans UK satellite factory in boost for British space industry

Defence giant Lockheed Martin plans to build its first satellite factory outside the US on British soil in a boost to the growing space industry.

The US company has been scouting out suppliers in the Newcastle area, where Britain has an existing hub of space companies.

Lockheed Martin, known for its F-35 fifth-generation warplanes, sees the UK as a growing market for the sector thanks to spaceports in Cornwall and Shetland that offer local launch capabilities. Read more via The Telegraph

Tesla Full Self-Driving recalled following The Dawn Project’s Super Bowl ad revealing critical safety defects

The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ordered Tesla to recall vehicles equipped with its Full Self-Driving software, days after safety advocacy group The Dawn Project broadcasted a public safety message during Super Bowl LVII across the nation, revealing Tesla Full Self-Driving’s critical safety defects. Read more via The Manufacturer

Scottish partnership aims to bring garment manufacturing back to the UK

Workwear garment specialist Seahawk Apparel has teamed up with creative agency SSEAMS to encourage fashion brands to bring manufacturing back to Scotland.

The pair aim to “champion onshore manufacturing opportunities” and support Seahawk’s plans to invest in its specialist garment manufacturing site at Glenrothes, Fife. Read more via insider.co.uk

British Steel sections used in £34m revamp of Middlesbrough Station

An upgrade of Middlesbrough Station will see British Steel sections used as part of the £34m revamp.

Teams are hard at work on the second part of the transport scheme, which will revitalise the station undercroft, create new walkways and spaces for businesses and boost capacity for more rail services. Read more via The Manufacturer