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

Posted on 21 Mar 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.

British Plastics Federation urges recognition from government

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has published its election manifesto, calling for greater recognition of the industry, measures to support the plastic packaging and recycling industries, and longer-term support to ensure that the UK remains competitive. The document is being sent to all major political parties, MPs and key stakeholders. More via The Manufacturer

Theft of Tesla battery manufacturing secrets triggers arrest

Two men with a business in China are charged by US authorities of stealing battery manufacturing tech from Tesla

US authorities have issued charges against a Canadian and a Chinese national, both living in Ningbo (China), over the alleged theft of battery manufacturing technology. More via Silicon

Portakabin completes specialist decontamination building for King George Hospital

Portakabin, the UK’s market leader in modular construction, has handed over a brand-new state-of-the-art decontamination suite, considerably upgrading and improving endoscopy patient care for Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Trust required the building to be seamlessly integrated into its existing estate footprint, linking directly with the Juniper Endoscopy Unit (JEU) which consists of two procedure rooms and one recovery area. More via The Manufacturer

More than 400 jobs saved as Lancashire-based manufacturing group sold out of administration

More than 400 jobs have been saved after a raft of companies across a manufacturing group were sold out of administration.

Richard Harrison and Howard Smith from Interpath Advisory were appointed as joint administrators to 14 companies across the Pexion Group on March 19. More via Lancashire Post

UK drivers priced out of owning Chinese electric cars due to ‘sky high’ insurance costs

The UK car insurance industry is facing “real challenges” in covering Chinese electric vehicles amid an influx of the models into Europe, experts have warned.

A dearth in replacement parts, poor cooperation between insurance firms and Chinese manufacturers and a lack of technical knowledge of the new vehicles, has bumped up the cost and time of repairs. More via Yahoo! Finance

Bicester based EV manufacturer Arrival warns about its future

Commercial EV start-up Arrival’s future is in doubt after it revealed that “2022 has been a challenging year”, but its its valuable IP “developed through an impressive stack of in-house technologies gives us a unique advantage in developing electric vehicles and adapting to new market conditions quickly.”

The company is now planning to take its composite materials, components, vehicle software, autonomous mobile robotics and microfactory concept to the US market, which it sees as the most attractive opportunity after the tax credits offered under the IRA became effective. More via The Business Magazine

Xaar’s ultra high vicosity technology expands Kammann’s printing machine capabilities

Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity Technology is enabling Koenig & Bauer Kammann (Kammann) to drive its latest innovations by enhancing quality, speed, and sustainability for customers using its K15 and K20 decorative print machine families.

Utilising the new high viscosity fluids developed by global ink manufacturer Marabu, Kammann’s machines allow both new and current customers to create personalised embossed effects on glass bottles, plastic and metal containers at a build height of up to 3mm. More via The Manufacturer