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

Posted on 22 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.

£10m open-access AMRICC Centre sets out the future for advanced ceramics at official launch

The official launch of The AMRICC Centre took place on February 14, showcasing how the facility is positioning the Midlands region at the centre of the multi-billion pound global advanced ceramics sector.

Leaders across industry, academia and the public sector toured the Staffordshire site after Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Ceramics Industry, Jo Gideon MP, cut the ribbon and officially opened the £10m research centre. More via The Manufacturer

BAE Systems announces 2023 full year results

BAE Systems has announced its 2023 full year results.

The British aerospace and defence company made underlying profits before interest and tax of £2.7bn on record sales of £25.3bn in 2023. More via BAE Systems

Manufacturing output falls while selling price expectations accelerate – CBI Industrial Trends Survey

Manufacturers reported that output volumes fell in the three months to February, and at a faster pace than in the three months to January, according to the CBI’s latest Industrial Trends Survey (ITS). However, manufacturers expect output to rise marginally in the quarter to May.

Both total and export order books were reported as below normal in February, though they improved relative to last month. Expectations for future selling price inflation ticked up in February, to their strongest since July 2023. More via CBI

Aurrigo’s soaring aviation ambitions boosted by Executive Director appointment

One of the UK’s leading autonomous vehicle specialists has made a strategic new appointment to drive its aviation activity.

Aurrigo International plc, which listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in September 2022, has made Lewis Girdwood its Executive Director of Aviation Technology. More via The Manufacturer

Rolls-Royce wins Trent 7000 and Trent XWB-97 engine order from STARLUX Airlines

Rolls-Royce has announced it has won an order for Trent 7000 and Trent XWB-97 engines from STARLUX Airlines to power three Airbus A330neo and five A350F aircraft. The Trent 7000 and Trent XWB-97 are the exclusive engines for the respective aircraft.

The order adds to the existing STARLUX fleet of eight Trent 7000-powered A330-900s and 18 Trent XWB-powered A350s, and marks the first time the airline has added freighters to the fleet. More via Rolls-Royce

New national initiative to educate the public on automated vehicles (AVs)

Yesterday, WMG at The University of Warwick, launched the Partners for Automated Vehicle Education United KingdomProfessor Sarah Sharples, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Transport delivering a keynote at the PAVE UK launch event (PAVE UK) with the Department for Business and Trade, the Department for Transport, the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), and Transport for West Midlands, as its founding partners.

The PAVE UK initiative aims to build public confidence in self-driving technology through a programme of education and engagement, supporting the UK Government’s ambition to safely deploy self-driving vehicles on the road and its aim to make the UK the leader in artificial intelligence (AI). More via WMG at the University of Warwick

Space innovation to be celebrated at 10th edition of the European Rover Challenge

The European Rover Challenge will be back in September for its 10th anniversary edition at the AGH University of Krakow.

The ERC is a prestigious space and robotics event held in Poland, first launched in 2014. It consists of a Martian robot competition in which some of the finest academic teams from around the world participate, alongside an industry conference and a science and technology demonstration zone. More via The Manufacturer

UK manufacturer Griffon Hoverwork to support design work on Canadian Coast Guard’s future air-cushion vehicles

The Canadian Coast Guard has selected UK-based manufacturer Griffon Hoverwork to provide engineering design consultancy services to update the service’s current air cushion vehicle (ACV) design and to conduct feasibility studies into alternative power plant options.

The Canadian Coast Guard operates a fleet of four ACVs, which primarily support the service’s search and rescue (SAR), icebreaking, and marine navigation services mandate in the central and western regions of Canada. More via Work Boat World