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

Posted on 21 Feb 2024 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.

Mayor opens new region-wide college rail training academy

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, officially opened a new region-wide rail training academy yesterday designed to support hundreds of new training and employment opportunities for local people in the sector.

The Transport, Rail and Infrastructure Academy (TRIA), which has been developed by the City of Wolverhampton College and National Infrastructure Solutions (NIS), will give individuals entry and advanced skills required to gain sustainable jobs, whilst also meeting the demand for skilled operatives to work in the construction and maintenance of train lines, tram routes and stations. More via The Manufacturer

£3.7m awarded to advance UK smart factory projects

UK innovators with cutting edge projects to drive growth across manufacturing industries have been funded by the Made Smarter Innovation (MSI) Challenge.

UK Research and Innovation’s MSI Challenge, delivered by Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council, has awarded grants to 11 late-stage robotics and automation projects. The projects have a focus on developing solutions to improve productivity, sustainability and resilience within factory production areas. More via UK Research and Innovation

Noble Foods unveils multimillion-pound manufacturing site

Noble Foods has announced a multimillion-pound investment in an added-value manufacturing site.

The UK’s largest egg producer will begin production at its new 10,000 sq m Leicestershire manufacturing site in the summer.

The site will introduce a range of preprepared foods using eggs, and is expected to use over 1.6 million eggs per week. More via The Grocer

Classic Legends to set up plant in UK to manufacture BSA bikes

BSA, the legendary British motorcycle brand, is set to make deeper inroads in the UK with Mahindra & Mahindra-owned Classic Legends, the brand’s new owner, gearing up to start building a new factory in the UK from the next financial year.

These motorcycles will be produced in the UK for the domestic market and also exported to other developed markets such as the US, Australia and Japan, Anupam Thareja, co-founder, Classic Legends, told ET. BSA has been selling the Gold Star motorcycle model in the UK for more than a year through imports from India. More via The Economic Times

Landmark report for the Solent launched to MPs at Westminster

Government ministers and Members of Parliament from across the Solent and Hampshire, along with key industry and political stakeholders, met in London this week for the Westminster launch of a landmark report commissioned by The Solent Cluster.

The report, highlighting the local community benefits that key decarbonisation projects could bring to the region and beyond, was launched in the House of Commons at an event organised by the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) and hosted by Alex Cunningham MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). More via The Manufacturer

Breeze Airways discloses order for 10 additional Airbus A220 aircraft

Breeze Airways has disclosed an order for 10 additional Airbus A220-300 aircraft, bringing the airline’s total firm order for the aircraft type to 90, making Breeze the third largest customer worldwide for the A220. More via Airbus

MecWash Systems celebrates 30th anniversary

MecWash Systems, a pioneer in industrial parts washing technology, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

This marks an exceptional journey of innovation, customer focus and commitment to excellence. During this period the company has established itself as a global leader in providing bespoke aqueous parts washing solutions to meet the most stringent demands of manufacturers. More via Production Engineering Solutions

How food waste is being turned into biogas fuel with mtu CHP modules

Rolls-Royce has published an insightful look into how at its Preußner farm in Friedberg, north of Frankfurt in Germany, the Energor company is utilising two Rolls-Royce Power Systems’ mtu gas-powered 8V 4000 GS CHP modules to use biogas from food waste to fuel local homes.

Each year, they produce three million cubic meters of biogas from 18,000 tons of food waste. That biogas is used in their twin mtu CHP modules to generate a total of 7.5 million kWh – enough to fuel a village of almost 2,000 households. More via Rolls-Royce

Student demand for employer engagement not being met in some schools – research

New independent research has revealed an overwhelming majority of students want employer experiences in their education, but some schools have “nobody coming in”.

Education think tank ImpactEd has completed an evaluation of the 44-strong University Technical College (UTC) programme on its curriculum, student destinations, employer engagement, and employability skills. More via The Manufacturer