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

Posted on 24 Jun 2024 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.

UK sector groups announce partnership to empower women in engineering and manufacturing

To coincide with International Women in Engineering Day [23rd June 2024] organisations from across the STEM industries have announced their intention to work together to empower women in UK engineering and manufacturing.

This pledge to increase collaboration is the result of a roundtable hosted by Ann Watson, CEO of Enginuity, the charity dedicated to helping employers in the engineering and manufacturing sector find new ways to close skills gaps, which was attended by senior representatives from organisations such as Construction Inclusion Coalition, Energy & Utility Skills, Women’s Engineering Society, Women in Sustainability Network, and Womens Utilities Network. More via The Manufacturer

Drinks maker Britvic rejects £3.1bn takeover offer from Carlsberg

Britvic, the UK soft drinks maker, has rejected a £3.1bn takeover proposal by Carlsberg Group, the Danish brewer, which it said undervalued the company.

Britvic shares jumped on Friday after the drinks company, whose brands include J20 and Robinsons, said Carlsberg had made two takeover proposals this month, with the last cash offer at £12.50 a share. Shares were up 8% at £10.92 on Friday afternoon. More via The Guardian

Forklift manufacturer shuts down systems to investigate cyberattack

One of the largest manufacturers of forklifts has been forced to shut down its operating systems following a cyberattack.

Crown Equipment said in a statement Wednesday that it experienced a cyberattack and is in the process of investigating the incident, attributing the attack to an unnamed “international cybercriminal organization.” More via The Record

Duo develop revolutionary smart baby wristband

Dr Rula Sharqi, a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University in Dubai, has co-developed what is believed to be the world’s first ‘smart baby wristband’ capable of round-the-clock monitoring of a child’s vital signs with the ability to send text alerts and, in extreme cases, raise the alarm with emergency services.

She has spent the last 12 months working on the LittleGard project alongside fourth-year robotics engineering student, Nakhul Kalaivanan, who joined as part of his final year coursework. More via The Manufacturer

Wrightbus offers bus re-powering service

World-leading bus manufacturer Wrightbus today took the wraps off a bold new enterprise designed to replace older diesel engines with new zero-emission electric powertrains.

NewPower, which has moved into a hi-tech factory in Bicester, Oxfordshire, aims to speed up the decarbonisation process by eradicating diesel powertrains in older fleets at a substantially lower price than a new bus. More via Wrightbus

Election worries see service sector slump as manufacturing output rockets

Britain’s service sector growth slowed to a seven-month low in June, impacting overall private sector growth, according to data provider S&P Global.

Despite the slowdown in the service sector, the manufacturing industry recorded the sharpest rise in production levels in over two years. More via Proactive Investors

From apprenticeship beginnings: Lisi Aerospace’s Taahir Patel on winning Young Manufactuer of the Year

In November 2023, The Manufacturer hosted the annual The Manufacturer MX (TMMX) Awards at a gala ceremony in Liverpool with LISI Aerospace‘s Process Development Manager, Taahir Patel, winning Young Manufacturer of the Year. Molly Cooper sat down with him to find out about his career so far, his passion for mentoring and what’s next? More via The Manufacturer