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

Posted on 22 Aug 2023 by The Manufacturer

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Britvic announces £22.5m investment in sixth bottling line at London factory

Soft drinks manufacturer, Britvic, is investing £22.5m in its sixth bottling line at its East London factory in Beckton – creating 18 new jobs in the community. With product demand growing, the new line is designed to help support Britvic’s long-term growth ambitions in Britain – increasing production capacity at the site by nearly 30%.

The new line, which was officially opened by Britvic CEO Simon Litherland, Chairman Ian Durant and Supply Chain Director Nigel Paine, will produce some of UK’s favourite brands including Tango and Pepsi MAX – with the first products expected to hit shelves in early September. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Invertek to create more than 250 jobs in Wales over five years

The Welsh drives-maker Invertek has announced plans to create at least 250 new jobs over the coming five years at its global headquarters and manufacturing facility at Welshpool, Powys.

The roles will be in innovation, production and other areas of the company’s business as it invests in the design and production of variable-speed drives. Invertek will also expand the development of careers through college and graduate training programmes. Find out more at Drives & Controls

Huel to open manufacturing site in Milton Keynes to support ongoing growth

Huel, the nutritionally complete food brand, is pleased to announce the planned opening of a new manufacturing site within the PLP Milton Keynes business park in January 2024. The site will produce Powder and Hot & Savoury ranges for UK and EU customers, and help to accelerate the production of the Ready-to-drink ranges.

Warehouse operations at the Milton Keynes site are expected to begin in Jan 2024, before manufacturing operations commence from Summer 2024. The site will increase Huel’s team of Hueligans by 30, taking the team to a total of 300. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Tata seeks partnerships for UK battery plant to supply Jaguar Land Rover EVs

Tata Sons is in discussions with multiple startups as the conglomerate seeks technical know-how for its £4bn ($5.1bn) UK battery plant, where it aims to start mass production in 2026. Find out more at The Economic Times

UK microchip giant Arm files to sell shares in US

British microchip designing giant Arm has announced it has filed paperwork to sell its shares in the US.

The Cambridge-based company, which designs chips for devices from smartphones to game consoles, plans to list on New York’s Nasdaq in September.

Arm did not reveal the number of shares for sale or the price, but its proposed initial public offering (IPO) could be the biggest listing this year. Find out more at BBC News

Chesterfield manufacturer announces strategic sustainability partnership

Chesterfield’s MTM Products, one of the leading UK industrial graphics suppliers, has announced a strategic partnership with CarbonQuota, a print and packaging carbon measurement and reduction specialist.

The partnership reflects MTM’s firm commitment to delivering a more energy-efficient and carbon-reduced operation. Find out more at Chesterfield News

Dutch delight as iDry lands record export deal

A Ford-based innovator is celebrating its largest ever export order after he sealed a contract with a major supplier to the Dutch care sector.

iDry, which was founded by Gary Seale in 2021, is shipping 75 of its wall-mounted, full body air dryers to Lavicta in a bid to improve care for elderly residents and, importantly, free-up time for staff who no longer have to perform the drying task. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Royal honour for leading Chatteris manufacturer Stainless Metalcraft

A royal honour has been secured by a leading employer in Chatteris in tribute to its dedication to training the workforce of the future.

Stainless Metalcraft is celebrating after it was announced the company is to receive the prestigious Princess Royal Training Award.

Now in its eighth year, awards honour organisations showing exceptional commitment to learning and development. Find out more at Peterborough Telegraph