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

Posted on 21 Dec 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.

UK manufacturing 2023 – a year in pictures

The Manufacturer Editor, Joe Bush, looks back at some of our most read stories of the year, including the government’s Advanced Manufacturing Plan, The Manufacturer MX Awards and Britishvolt’s sad demise. More via The Manufacturer

Ørsted to press ahead with world’s largest offshore wind farm in North Sea

Ørsted is to press ahead with developing the world’s largest offshore wind farm in the North Sea after the UK increased financial support for the sector in a big boost for the Danish group after a string of setbacks.

The Copenhagen-listed company made the announcement on Wednesday about the 2.9GW Hornsea 3 project off the Yorkshire coast, which will be able to supply power for about 3.3mn homes. More via Financial Times

Ideal Heating reinvests apprenticeship funding to support local small business

Ideal Heating has thrown its support behind a local independent business by funding an apprenticeship for one of its employees.

The Hull based UK heating ‘market leader’ has used part of its Apprenticeship Levy funding to pay for business services provider Bell4Business employee Connor Docherty to undertake a digital marketing apprenticeship. More via Bdaily News

Jobs at risk as AMTE Power goes into administration

About 40 jobs are at risk at a Highland company that manufactures specialist batteries.

AMTE Power, which is based in Thurso, has announced it is going into administration because it has insufficient funds to continue trading. More via BBC News

Quantum Detectors sights international growth with new financing deal

UK Export Finance (UKEF) is backing a £300,000 financing package for Quantum Detectors, a small high-tech manufacturer in Oxfordshire supplying laboratories around the globe.

Quantum Detectors already supplies to universities, science facilities and government laboratories around the world. It sought more capital to fund continued growth and build on its exporting success. More via The Manufacturer

Automation firm secures £5.5m loan to fund major JLR contract

An industrial automation specialist which has landed a major order from Jaguar Land Rover has secured a £5.5m loan from Frontier Development Capital (FDC) to support its working capital requirements for the project.

Expert Technologies Group has secured an eight-figure contract to create a ‘body in white’ robotic assembly system for a new luxury electric vehicle to be produced at JLR’s Solihull plant. More via Production Engineering Solutions

Forth launches new division and opens second Barrow base

An award-winning engineering solutions business is launching a new division at a specialist base to expand its capability and create new jobs across a North-West community.

Forth has acquired a new facility in Barrow-in-Furness and is launching Forth Fabrications to support BAE Systems submarine division and other industries across the region. More via The Manufacturer

Bristol manufacturer iCOMAT secures £4.8m fund to support space research

A Bristol-based firm, iCOMAT, has received £4.8m in funding from the UK Space Agency.

This spin-out company from the University of Bristol, supported by the NatWest Accelerator programme, specialises in patented lightweighting solutions for the aerospace, automotive, and space industries. More via The Business Desk