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

Posted on 22 Jun 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.

National Manufacturing Institute Scotland opens new world-class flagship facility

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), operated by the University of Strathclyde, has today (21 June 2023) opened its new world-class, flagship facility at the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire, aiming to be a major stimulus for the country’s economy, skills development, and prosperous, sustainable communities.

Acting as a magnet for advanced manufacturing in Scotland and across the globe, the distinctive heather-coloured, 11,500m2 operationally carbon neutral campus next to Glasgow Airport will support manufacturing, engineering and associated technology businesses of all sizes. Read more via The Manufacturer

Manufacturing output declines for the fifth month running – CBI Industrial Trends Survey

Manufacturers’ order books remained weak in June, according to the CBI’s latest Industrial Trends Survey.

Output of UK manufacturing firms fell marginally in the three months to June, for the fifth successive month, though at a slower pace than in April and May and in line with expectations. Output volumes are expected to rise slightly in the three months to September.

Total order books were reported to be below normal, to a broadly similar extent to May. Export order books were also seen as below normal, but deteriorated slightly, leaving them in their weakest position since February 2021. Read more via CBI

Government must act: 22.5 million tonnes of high-emission steel could devastate the UK

UK Steel is today warning that almost 23 million tonnes of non-EU steel could flood the UK market, if the UK fails to introduce its own Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) at the same time as the EU. The steel trade association says that the UK Government must act swiftly to avoid crushing the UK steel industry when the EU brings in new import carbon costs in 2026. Read more via The Manufacturer

UK Space Agency funding to boost propulsion, imaging and solar technologies

The UK Space Agency has announced new funding to boost UK-based space technologies, such as harnessing solar power for reusable spacecraft and new propulsion systems.

This is the first round of investment from the UK Space Agency’s Enabling Technologies Programme, part of the National Space Innovation Programme dedicated to supporting UK companies breaking ground in technologies to enhance spaceflight capabilities. Read more via UK Space Agency

Airbus progresses on target to recruit over 13,000 employees in 2023

Airbus is calling on aerospace enthusiasts to join a growing sector as it looks to recruit more than 13,000 people across the globe in 2023. To date, more than 7,000 of those positions have been filled despite a challenging labour market.

Plans are already well underway to fill the remaining positions with new hires being instrumental in supporting Airbus’ production ramp-up and decarbonisation ambitions. Read more via The Manufacturer

GKN Aerospace and Materialise sign letter of intent to propel additive manufacturing in aviation

GKN Aerospace, the renowned aerospace technology leader, and Materialise, a global pioneer in 3D printing solutions and services, have announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) aimed at advancing the research, design, and production of polymer additively manufactured (AM) parts for the aviation industry.

The LOI was signed at the Paris Air Show and represents an extension of their successful collaboration. Read more via The Manufacturer

Coca-Cola launches 100% rPET bottles in Indonesia

Coca-Cola Indonesia, in partnership with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), has announced the nationwide launch of bottles made from 100% recycled PET (rPET) plastic, excluding the cap and label.

In a first for the country, rPET packaging is now available for Coca-Cola Trademark brands, Fanta, Sprite in 390ml, and Sprite Waterlymon in 425ml.

This significant milestone is a step toward the development of a closed loop circular economy in Indonesia, and underscores CCEP’s commitment to its goal of using 50% less recycled plastic in its packaging by 2025. Read more via Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Ulster’s £98m ‘factory of future’ will boost industrial innovation

Plans for a £98m “factory of future” innovation centre for Belfast have been approved by local council. The 10,500m2 Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (Amic) will become Northern Ireland’s national centre for advanced manufacturing, accelerating innovation and collaboration between industry and researchers. It is due to open in 2026 at Global Point, Newtownabbey. Read more via Drives & Controls