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

Posted on 22 Sep 2023 by The Manufacturer

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UK production of iconic Islander aircraft begins at Britten-Norman

British aircraft manufacturer, Britten-Norman, has begun UK production of the Islander, the world-leading sub-regional aircraft, having shifted its manufacturing back to the UK from overseas.

This historic moment is the culmination of years of strategic planning and follows the announcement by the company in June that new aircraft production was to be fully repatriated to its flagship manufacturing site in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. Find out more at Britten-Norman

The manufacturing industry reacts to net zero policy changes

At a time when we’re all seeing the devastating effects of the climate crisis playing out around the world, it is concerning to see the government withdrawing on its commitment to action. And it seems most of the industry agrees. Find out more at The Manufacturer

HRH The Princess Royal visits JLR’s Halewood production facility to mark 60 years of vehicle manufacturing

HRH The Princess Royal visited JLR Halewood yesterday for a special diamond anniversary tour to mark 60 years of manufacturing since the first vehicle was produced at the Merseyside facility, in 1963.

Her Royal Highness was given exclusive insight into electrification plans and works underway at the facility as it is reimagined as an all-electric manufacturing facility. Find out more at JLR

British manufacturer BAC creates coloured carbon fibre supercar

British car manufacturer Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) has created a unique Hypetex coloured carbon fibre version of its Mono R, reducing the weight by removing the need for paint.

The original BAC Mono R was created to be lighter and more powerful than the standard model, with 343bhp and 555kg total weight, equating to a power-to-weight ratio of 618bhp-per-tonne. By removing the need for paint coatings in this version, the net weight of the exterior is reduced compared to a painted shell, resulting in a further improved overall performance. Find out more at The Manufacturer

GKN Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney Canada sign collaboration agreement on hybrid-electric flight demonstrator project

GKN Aerospace has signed an agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada to collaborate on the development of the High Voltage High Power EWIS for the RTX hybrid-electric flight demonstrator project. The agreement involves the development, construction, and installation of the electrical wiring system of the demonstrator, which is targeting a 30% improvement in fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions compared to today’s most advanced regional turboprop aircraft. Find out more at GKN Aerospace

Goole toilet roll factory to create 400 new jobs, Finnish firm says

A Finnish toilet roll manufacturer is to build a new factory in East Yorkshire which it said would create more than 400 local jobs.

The “state-of-the-art” tissue paper mill in Goole will be the largest of its kind in the UK, Metsä Tissue said.

The firm said its “landmark investment” would “significantly” cut the amount of tissue products imported to the UK. Find out more at BBC News

Bentley announces two new environmental foundation partners

The Bentley Environmental Foundation, a £3m drive to find next-generation solutions to environmental challenges, has today announced two new partners. The Climate Group and The Rivers Trust join the three founding partners to support Bentley’s long-term commitment to strengthen global sustainability initiatives. Find out more at Bentley Motors

Tackle productivity crisis by prioritising technical education, urges new manifesto

A new manifesto from a leading educational charity is calling on the next government to prioritise technical education as a means of tackling the UK’s chronic productivity crisis.

The Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which supports 44 University Technical Colleges (UTCs) across the UK, has published the manifesto to coincide with this year’s party conferences, at which Labour and the Conservatives will likely be planning for a 2024 election. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Tata Steel to begin Port Talbot job cuts within months, say unions

Workers at the vast Port Talbot steelworks in south Wales will be made redundant within months as part of a plan to secure its future while cutting thousands of jobs, unions have warned.

At a meeting between bosses at Indian conglomerate Tata, which owns Britain’s biggest steelworks, and union representatives in London, plans to make large-scale redundancies in “months rather than years” were discussed, sources said. Find out more at The Guardian