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

Posted on 22 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.

World’s most advanced research and innovation hot forging platform opens

The world’s most advanced research and innovation hot forging platform opened yesterday at the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).

Part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), AFRC connects the $75bn global forging sector with the Scotland-based team and industry-scale testbed no matter where they are in the world. More via The Manufacturer

AI takes centre stage at Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week

The live events for Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2024 take place at the NEC, Birmingham on the 5th and 6th June. Plant & Works Engineering takes a look at what visitors can expect at the event. More via Plant & Works Engineering

Production at train maker set to stop with 3,000 jobs at risk

Production of new stock at the UK’s largest rail assembly factory could stop on Thursday, with 3,000 jobs at risk.

Nick Crossfield, managing director of Alstom, said the possible job losses at the Litchurch Lane site in Derby would have a “considerable” impact on the national supply chain.

He said the company could no longer guarantee a presence in the city. More via BBC News

Aston Martin and Bentley contract cull sparks fears for 500 Formaplex jobs

The termination of contracts with car manufacturers Aston Martin and Bentley has triggered fears for hundreds of Hampshire-based manufacturing jobs.

Sky News has learnt that the two premium automotive groups decided in recent months to end contracts with Formaplex, a Portsmouth-headquartered company which makes components.More via Sky News

Grant funding helps UK-first domestic home dog shower become a reality

A business based in Ashton-under-Lyne, in Greater Manchester, has unveiled the UK’s first domestic home dog shower – a game-changing product which is set to revolutionise pet washing for owners.

Fabricon Design Ltd, a design engineering firm, has brought the Incredible Dog Shower to market after receiving transformational support from GM Business Growth Hub. More via The Manufacturer

New jobs set for Barnsley as toy slime manufacturer expands operations

Novelty sensory putty retailer Slime Party UK has taken 14,291 sq ft of industrial and warehousing space at Redbrook Business Park, and will expand its staff with 10 new jobs this summer.

The firm said it had outgrown its existing unit on Industry Road in Carlton, Barnsley, and that it will use its new base to manufacture and distribute its range of 16 collectible sensory putties. More via The Yorkshire Post

Avon Group acquires Interflex to increase automotive market share

Avon Group, an £80m turnover manufacturing and engineering group, based in Bristol, has secured a deal to acquire Interflexthe Nottinghamshire-based specialist automotive component manufacturer.

The acquisition of the automotive specialist, announced this week, will see Avon Group take on the trade, assets and staff of the £8m turnover business. More via The Manufacturer