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

Posted on 21 Nov 2023 by The Manufacturer

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Cummins ranks in Financial Times Diversity Leaders list for third consecutive year

Global power solutions company, Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), has ranked in the Financial Times Diversity Leaders list for the third consecutive year.

The annual list surveys employees and workplace experts to identify the companies across Europe that are leading the way when it comes to diversity.

Improving the diversity and inclusion of its workforce across all 59 countries has been a key priority for Cummins, and one that’s been driven through multiple initiatives. More via The Manufacturer

Alexander Dennis Enviro200AV wins Vehicle of the Year at Self-Driving Industry Awards

Alexander Dennis has announced that its Enviro200AV autonomous bus for the CAVForth project has been recognised as Vehicle of the Year at the UK’s first dedicated awards for connected and autonomous vehicles.

In a collaborative achievement, bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, autonomous system provider Fusion Processing, and public transport operator Stagecoach clinched the prestigious Vehicle of the Year award. The recognition highlights the importance of public transport when considering what the future of mobility could look like and honours the partners’ effort in launching the UK’s first full-size autonomous bus service. More via Alexander Dennis

Rishi Sunak says lower inflation has opened way to UK tax cuts

Rishi Sunak has promised to start cutting taxes, as he laid the ground for this week’s Autumn Statement and set battle lines for the next UK general election.

The prime minister raised hopes that chancellor Jeremy Hunt would announce cuts to personal taxation on Wednesday but said any reductions would have to be made in a “sustainable” way. More via Financial Times

In-Comm Training named ‘Training Provider of the Year’ at the Ladder for the Black Country Awards

A company that supports more than 700 apprentices every year has been recognised as the ‘best’ in its field.

In-Comm Training, which operates two Technical Academies in Aldridge and Telford, was named as the ‘Training Provider of the Year’ at the prestigious Ladder for the Black Country Awards.

More than 250 people crammed into Walsall Football Club to celebrate the stars of vocational learning, with the family-run firm overcoming strong competition to impress judges with its £10m investment strategy and its recent record-breaking 199 apprentice cohort intake. More via The Manufacturer

JCB launches annual Christmas toy appeal

JCB is getting into the festive spirit with the launch of its annual toy appeal to bring Christmas cheer to children.

The JCB Christmas Toy Appeal got under way with the setting up of 14 special collection points at the company’s factories in Staffordshire, Derbyshire, and Wrexham where employees can donate new and unused toys and gifts. The appeal culminates on Thursday, November 30th, when the gifts will be handed over to three charities: the NSPCC, the Stoke-on-Trent Hubb Foundation and Wrexham-based Yellow and Blue. More via JCB

Coventry-based packaging firm offers plastic-free cups after signing deal with UK manufacturer

A Coventry-based environmentally-friendly packaging company has signed a deal with a UK manufacturer to supply trailblazing plastic-free cups.

Purple Planet Packaging, which is run by Mark and Joanna Farr, is working with Green Rock Manufacturing Group to create its own Planetware products, starting with a 100 per cent recyclable, fully compostable disposable cup.

The company has grown from £120,000 turnover to £1.3m since 2019, when Mark and Joanna purchased the company from a Devon-based businessperson and have breathed new life into it. More via The Business Magazine

CCEP reaches definitive agreement to jointly acquire CCBPI

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners plc (CCEP) yesterday announced it has, together with Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. (AEV), entered into a definitive agreement to jointly acquire Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI) from The Coca-Cola Company (KO).

The acquisition will build on CCEP’s successful expansion into Australia, Pacific & Indonesia (API) in 2021, further strengthening the partnership with its significant shareholder KO, and positioning CCEP as the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottler by both revenue and volume while supporting its long-term growth strategy and focus on driving shareholder value. More via CCEP

Nissan Motor hiking wages at US auto plants after UAW deal

Nissan Motor will hike top wages for workers at U.S. manufacturing plants by 10% in January after the United Auto Workers union reached new contracts with the Detroit Three automakers, a company spokesperson said on Monday.

The Japanese automaker said the wage hike takes effect Jan. 8 for production technicians, maintenance, and tool & die technicians. Workers not yet at top scale will also receive increases in wages. About 9,000 U.S. workers in total will get pay hikes. More via Reuters

Rolls-Royce successfully completes 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel test programme

Rolls-Royce has announced that it has successfully completed compatibility testing of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on all its in-production civil aero engine types.

This fulfils a commitment, made in 2021, to demonstrate there are no engine technology barriers to the use of 100% SAF. More via Rolls-Royce