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

Posted on 24 May 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.

MTC conference underlines the business benefits of robotics and automation

The adoption of robotics and automation in UK manufacturing has the potential to improve productivity, efficiency and quality across multiple sectors, delegates at a Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) conference were told.

And it’s not just traditional manufacturing industries that can reap the benefits of robotics. Speakers at the Manufacturing Technology Centre‘s two-day conference, Robotics and Automation – A New Perspective, emphasised that automation could solve problems in the agriculture, logistics, construction and space sectors. Read more via The Manufacturer

Demand for engineers increasing with green job growth

As the UK ramps up its focus on becoming a net zero economy, a new report commissioned by EngineeringUK finds that demand for engineers is predicted to grow faster than for other occupations and that vacancies for ‘green engineering’ roles in the UK have increased by more than half (55%) over the last five years.

The report, produced by Lightcast on behalf of EngineeringUK, identifies there were approximately 6.1 million jobs for engineers (including tech roles) across all industries in 2021, representing around 19% of all jobs in the UK. Read more via The Manufacturer

UK manufacturers expect lowest inflation since March 2021 – CBI

British manufacturers expect to raise prices by the smallest amount since March 2021 over the next three months, though price increases will still be much faster than their long-run average, a survey showed on Wednesday.

The figures highlight the uncertainty facing the outlook for inflation in Britain, where consumer price inflation has fallen from last year’s four-decade high, but less rapidly than the Bank of England would like. Read more via Reuters

Multi-million pound green opportunity as machine builders target net zero gains

UK-based strategic manufacturing outsourcing specialists have seen a surge in demand from clients looking to gain ‘early mover’ advantage in the low carbon economy.

PP Control & Automation (PP C&A), which employs 230 people at its world class manufacturing facility in the West Midlands, has started working on projects worth more than £2m in the last year alone, projects that are all involved in renewable energy, energy storage and building machines for electrification across a myriad of transport sectors. Read more via The Manufacturer

Manufacturers scoop eco innovation awards following R&D programme

Three manufacturers have scooped awards for eco innovations developed as part of an R&D programme.

The programme is delivered by a consortium of universities – Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Manchester Metropolitan – and will have given more than 330 SMEs access to the extensive knowledge base, cutting-edge research facilities, built new networks to drive innovation, and supported the development of innovative solutions which will save 3,850 tonnes of CO2. Read more via The Manufacturer

STILFOLD partners with Georgia Tech to teach ‘industrial origami’ to young engineers

Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering has partnered with Stockholm-based startup, STILFOLD to roll out a pioneering initiative that will teach students innovative new approaches to sustainable manufacturing, inspired by the Japanese art of origami.

STILFOLD is a design and technology startup pioneering the use of curve folding and robotics to build things more sustainably. Read more via The Manufacturer