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

Posted on 25 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.

Inside Ellesmere Port: the UK’s first EV-only manufacturing plant

Great piece by the Independent which provides an insightful look inside Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant, the UK’s first EV-only manufacturing facility.

Plant director Dianne Miller discusses the electric vehicle hub’s cutting edge technology, fuelling the local economy and the carbon footprint-reducing targets of Vauxhall parent company Stellantis. More via Independent

Vaping giant Supreme acquires historic Clearly Drinks for £15m

Vaping and vitamins maker Supreme has acquired Clearly Drinks for £15m, it has been announced.

The Manchester-headquartered listed group has snapped up the company, which was founded in 1885 and makes specialised canned and bottled-at-source spring water and soft drinks. More via Yahoo! Finance

Boiler manufacturer looks into the role and challenges of heat pumps

The Manufacturer team recently travelled to visit the Worcester Bosch factory where they are manufacturing boilers, heat pumps and hybrids.

With the UK aiming for net zero by 2050, the government has laid out some high expectations for the decarbonisation of homes. Martyn Bridges, Director of Technical Services and Conor Evans, Director of Product Management UK explained more. More via The Manufacturer

UK tyre startup ENSO plans $500 million US factory

British tyre startup ENSO said on Monday that it has signed a letter of interest with the U.S. Export-Import Bank to build a $500m US plant that when fully operational should be able to make 20 million tyres for electric vehicles annually.

The company said that by 2027 the plant should employ 600 people and produce 5 million tyres annually, adding that potential locations for the plant include Colorado, Nevada, Texas, and Georgia, with “other states in consideration”. More via Reuters

Exploding lithium batteries cause deadly South Korea factory fire

A massive factory fire that began after several lithium batteries exploded has killed at least 22 people in South Korea.

The blaze broke out on Monday morning at the Aricell plant in Hwaseong city, about 45km (28 miles) south of the capital Seoul.

Local television footage showed large smoke clouds and small explosions going off as firefighters sought to put out the fire. A part of the roof had collapsed. More via BBC News

Making wellbeing a priority adds business value

Commitment to investment in the health and wellbeing of employees remains high across the manufacturing sector, a recent Make UK report confirms.

With an ageing workforce, challenges around retention and high levels of sickness absence, many across the sector have realised that to thrive and grow, a happy and healthy workforce is key. More via The Manufacturer