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

Posted on 20 Apr 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.

JLR to invest £15bn over next five years as its modern luxury electric-first future accelerates

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced exciting plans to accelerate its transition to become the world’s leading modern luxury car manufacturer revealing its Halewood plant, in the UK, will become an all-electric production facility and its next generation medium-size SUV architecture, electrified modular architecture (EMA), will now be pure-electric. Read more via The Manufacturer

£30m investment to enhance operations at British Steel’s port facility

A £30m investment in 3 new unloaders at Immingham Bulk Terminal is gearing up to play a vital role in the reliable and efficient flow of raw materials to British Steel’s manufacturing operations in Scunthorpe. Read more via British Steel

New BlackBerry research finds manufacturers increasingly wary of nation state threats

At Hannover Messe, Germany, BlackBerry Limited yesterday released the BlackBerry Manufacturing Cybersecurity Study with a warning that outdated and unsupported legacy operational technologies (OT) are exposing substantial vulnerabilities for manufacturers facing escalating threats from nation-state attacks.

Two-thirds of manufacturers believe their environment is too difficult to defend, while 86% admit manufacturing functions are running on outdated and unsupported legacy operating systems. Read more via The Manufacturer

BAE Systems to develop advanced autonomy for large-scale planning

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems an $8.3m contract to develop an advanced autonomy system to speed operational planning under the Strategic Chaos Engine for Planning, Tactics, Experimentation, and Resiliency (SCEPTER) program.

The SCEPTER program is designed to develop machine-generated strategies to be evaluated within trusted simulation environments with thorough human review. Read more via BAE Systems

UK businesses raise prices at slowest rate in two years

UK businesses increased their prices for goods and services at the slowest pace in almost two years in March, according to the Lloyds Bank UK Sector Tracker, indicating UK inflation was likely to ease further in the coming months.

The Tracker’s measure of price inflation across UK manufacturing and services sectors fell from 62.2 in February to 58.9 in March. This was its lowest level since April 2021, and the largest month-on-month decline since April 2020. Read more via The Manufacturer

Space Forge reveals plans for US manufacturing

Space Forge announced plans April 19 to expand its US presence to include manufacturing.

The Cardiff, Wales-based startup focused on fabricating high-value materials in space is looking for a US location for manufacturing ForgeStar satellites and payloads for US customers. Read more via SpaceNews

Digital technology eases manufacturer’s £2.8m move to bigger factory

A Cheshire-based manufacturer will create more than 20 jobs linked to expansion into a new advanced manufacturing facility in Macclesfield.

Autac supplies retractable cables to a wide range of industries worldwide and has more than tripled its manufacturing footprint with its new facility, the 12,206 sq ft Guildford House, as it continues to digitally transform its operations as part of a £2.8m investment. Read more via The Business Desk