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

Posted on 24 Mar 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.

Digital innovation initiative sets up South West as global hub for next generation engineering

The completion of the first phase of a major digital research, skills and innovation initiative has underlined the West of England as the next frontier of engineering.

The culmination of the initial phase of the Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI) programme is a major milestone. It paves the way for the development of highly innovative products and ways of working that will deliver economic, social and sustainability benefits for future generations. Read more via The Manufacturer

3D printed rocket takes to the sky over Florida

An almost fully 3D-printed rocket has taken flight for the first time.

Terran-1 left its launch pad in Cape Canaveral in Florida and powered skyward for a few minutes before falling back to Earth.

Some 85% of the vehicle, which is 112ft (34m) tall, was produced using additive manufacturing techniques (3D printing). Read more via BBC News

Toyota develops THUMS crash test simulation software in preparation for automated driving

Toyota has announced further development of THUMS (Total Human Model for Safety), its software programme for computer simulation and analysis of the injuries resulting from vehicle crash impacts. The latest advances take account of changes in people’s posture when taking advantage of automated driving systems. Read more via Toyota

Megnajet looks to the future with investment in new appointments and production facilities

Fluid management systems specialist, Megnajet, has its eyes set on a bright future for its products and services with the development of its Kettering production facility and several key promotions.

The production facility is being doubled in size, allowing for the Megnajet team to expand its manufacturing output as the adoption of its customer-focused innovative technology develops. Read more via The Manufacturer

The UK’s Airborne Laboratory flies with sustainable aviation fuel

The FAAM Airborne Laboratory, which is owned by NERC, has used a blend of sustainable aviation fuel for the first time this week.

FAAM, which operates a specially adapted BAE-146 aircraft fitted with scientific instruments, used the new fuel on a routine crew training flight in the south of England. Read more via UK Research and Innovation

UK defence and aerospace industry boosts recruitment for female coders

Major players of the UK defence and aerospace industry have launched a recruitment drive for female coders to address the gender diversity gap in the workforce as the industry gears up to make history by launching satellites to space from UK soil.

British satellite builders In-Space Missions, global technology leaders Thales, and missiles manufacturer MBDA, have joined defence multinational BAE Systems in seeking female tech talent with Code First Girls – the largest provider of free coding courses for women. Read more via Aerospace Manufacturing

Xaar Celebrates Sustainability Roadmap Achievements

Leading inkjet technology group Xaar held its first Sustainability Week, to mark the significant progress its Sustainability Roadmap has had across the business in its first year.

Events began on 13 March and the week saw a host of initiatives including a Community Day with raffles, charity fundraising, a quiz and pie-baking competition, raising over £2,300. At its centre, was the release of Xaar’s latest video that demonstrated the progress of the Group’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) programme, walking the viewer through a number of the initiatives to date and the key elements of its Sustainability Roadmap to 2030. Read more via The Manufacturer

Pembrokeshire manufacturer now fully solar powered

A Narberth based family run business that produces woven and printed labels for clothing has gone completely off grid with the installation of their new solar panels.

Based at Redhill MIll, Narberth, Woven Labels UK, is a nationwide manufacturer of woven and printed labels for schoolwear and the fashion and textile industry, from a factory here in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Read more via The Tenby Observer

UK yogurt brand Tims Dairy increases production capacity with factory investment

Greek-style yogurt brand Tims Dairy has increased its production capacity by almost 60% through investment in its UK dairy factory.

Production has increased from 180 tonnes a week to 280 tonnes at its site in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, south-east England.

The development began four years ago when the old building was expanded, but internal work was held up due to Covid-19. Read more via Just Food