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

Posted on 24 Jul 2023 by The Manufacturer

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English and Welsh share of exports to EU on downward trend – Make UK/BDO report

The majority of English regions and Wales are seeing a downward trend in their share of manufacturing exports to the EU suggesting a potential structural shift in the UK’s trade patterns, according to analysis published today by Make UK and accountancy and business advisory firm BDO.

The analysis of official data as part of the Make UK/BDO Regional Manufacturing Outlook Report 2023 shows that the UK’s overall share of manufacturing exports to the EU increased in 2022 to 52% from 50% in 2019. However, this was a result of sharp increases in the share of exports to the EU from Northern Ireland and Scotland over the same period, without which the overall UK share of goods exports would also be on a downward trend. Find out more on The Manufacturer

JLR announces executive board changes

JLR has announced the appointment of Adrian Mardell as Chief Executive Officer.

Adrian Mardell was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer on 16 November 2022, having been Chief Financial Officer and a member of the JLR Board of Directors for three years prior.

JLR has also announced the appointment of Richard Molyneux as Chief Financial Officer, JLR. Richard Molyneux was appointed Acting Chief Financial Officer, on 12 December 2022, following six years as Finance Director, Operations, JLR. Find out more on JLR

JCB secures 11-machine deal from leading south east construction company

One of the South East’s leading construction firms has bought a fleet of JCB excavators including 11 new JCB 140X tracked excavators.

Sunbury on Thames-based Houlihans has purchased the new JCB 140X models and two new 16-tonne JS160 excavators, all supplied by dealer Greenshields JCB. A repeat JCB X Series customer, the new additions take the groundworks specialist’s total machine line-up to more than 30 JCB machines. Find out more on JCB

Tesla plans sweeping expansion to Berlin plant

Tesla is planning sweeping changes to its factory near Berlin, including extensions to its battery cell production, indicating ramp-up plans remain underway despite a recent shift in focus to scaling up in the United States.

A day after Tesla sought to assuage local concerns with a question-and-answer session on the expansion, application documents published by the local environment ministry and water authority on Wednesday showed a long list of modifications Tesla plans to make at the EV and battery plant. Find out more on Reuters

Multi-university student team wins timber design challenge with ‘excellent’ retrofit project

A mixed-discipline student team featuring built environment students from across the UK took top spot in the Timber Development UK University Design Challenge 2023 (#TDChallenge23), as they competed to reimagine and retrofit a real-life building using timber. Find out more on The Manufacturer

‘All systems go’ for Coventry gigafactory despite Tata’s Somerset switch

It remains “all systems go” for Coventry’s proposed gigafactory despite new plans for a huge electric vehicle battery plant built in Somerset. There had been fears a proposed West Midlands Gigafactory (WMG) south of Coventry, a project joint-ventured by Coventry City Council and Coventry Airport, might hit the skids given the sheer scale of Tata’s £4bn investment in the south-west.

But Councillor Jim O’Boyle, the city’s jobs and regeneration boss said it was “definitely” full steam ahead for the WMG. Find out more on Coventry Telegraph