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

Posted on 21 Mar 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.

Exciting Innovate UK opportunities for manufacturers

The UK’s national innovation agency, Innovate UK, supports business-led innovation in all sectors, technologies and UK regions, helping businesses grow through the development and commercialisation of new products, processes, and services. And right now Innovate UK has several exciting opportunities for manufacturers to secure funding, drive advancements across the industry and help position the UK as a world leader for manufacturing innovation. Read more via The Manufacturer

Jobs and investment boost for Thames region as Freeport gets green light

New high-quality jobs and much-needed investment for the Thames Estuary region will be unlocked today, as the Thames Freeport receives final government sign off.

The Freeport will now receive up to £25m seed funding from government and potentially hundreds of millions in locally retained business rates to drive growth in the UK’s advanced manufacturing, biomanufacturing, logistics, and low carbon industries. Read more via GOV UK

MTC to showcase automation and robotics capabilities at two-day conference

The MTC is hosting a free two-day conference – Robotics and Automation – A New Perspective 2023 on May 10 and 11 which will explore the future of automation in UK industry and demonstrate the opportunities available to UK industry.

At the two-day conference, delegates from a wide range of industries from construction to agriculture and food production will get the chance to share insights into the transformational benefits of cutting edge robotic technologies and learn how automation can improve productivity and drive global competitiveness for UK businesses. Read more via The Manufacturer

Derby to be named new HQ of Britain’s rail network this week

Derby is to be named the new headquarters of Britain’s rail network by ministers this week, the Guardian understands.

The delayed result of the competition to become the official home of Great British Railways is expected as early as Tuesday, with the Midlands city the frontrunner on a shortlist of six including Birmingham, Crewe, Doncaster, Newcastle and York. Read more via The Guardian

Microsoft plans mobile games app store to rival Apple and Google

In an interview with the Financial Times, Microsoft’s gaming head Phil Spencer said that the tech giant is looking to compete with the likes of Apple and Google by opening its own mobile games store. Spencer said the EU’s Digital Market Act (DMA), which will enable companies to load their app stores on Apple and Android devices by asking Apple and Google to open up their ecosystems, will allow Microsoft to break the current duopoly. Read more via Financial Times

ParalympicsGB and Toyota announce the launch of Every Body Moves initiative

ParalympicsGB and Toyota have launched the ground-breaking Every Body Moves initiative to empower disabled people to become active in a way that is right for them.

Drawing on the lived experience of disabled people throughout the UK, Every Body Moves is an evolution of the award winning Parasport powered by Toyota platform which has grown to become the nation’s largest online destination, connecting people with thousands of inclusive sporting and physical activities. Read more via Toyota UK

‘Industrial origami’ manufacturing technology could make heavy transportation greener

HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicles) are responsible for almost a fifth (19%) of domestic transport emissions in the UK and over a quarter across Europe. But new research suggests that constructing HGV semi trailers using origami-inspired manufacturing technology could significantly reduce the environmental impact of heavy transportation around the globe. Read more via The Manufacturer