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

Posted on 26 Feb 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.

Mars named UK’s most flexible large employer

Mars has this week been recognised as the ‘UK’s Most Flexible Employer’ in the 2024 Flexa100 list.

The report, published by independent authority on flexible working, Flexa, revealed the top 100 most flexible companies across respective industries. More via The Manufacturer

Small manufacturers forced to answer 300 questions on net zero

Small manufacturers are being forced to fill out 300-question spreadsheets on their eco-credentials as part of a net zero drive by big business.

Some companies have had to take on new staff to complete paperwork being sent to them because of this new burden, while others are being asked to sign up to strict audits that ensure they follow green guidelines. More via The Telegraph

The Engineering Trust Awards recognises outstanding apprentices

This year’s winners of The Engineering Trust Awards were announced at an event this week held at Oxford Town Hall.

The awards celebrate some of the talented and skilled apprentices within UK manufacturing, but also recognise the companies and individuals that have shown unwavering commitment and support to apprenticeship programmes. More via The Manufacturer

Atosa to expand UK infrastructure with new HQ

Cooking and refrigeration equipment supplier, Atosa Catering Equipment, has released the first pictures of its new head office as construction gets underway at the site.

The facility, which is based in Wellingborough around 12 miles from its existing HQ in Northampton, is currently under development. More via Catering Insight

Tony’s Chocolonely sued by Milka-maker over the colour purple

Milka-manufacturer Mondelez has taken legal action against Tony’s Chocolonely for mimicking its purple packaging.

Tony’s has launched four new temporary wrappers, inspired by well-known bars such as Milka as well as chocolate made by other firms including Mars.

It said it released a campaign in Germany and Austria to highlight the use of child labour by major suppliers in the cocoa industry. More via BBC News

Unipart Manufacturing hosts Mayor of West Midlands

Mayor of West Midlands Andy Street visited Unipart Manufacturing in Coventry to find out more about green economy job creation.

The mayor toured Hyperbat, Unipart’s electric vehicle battery production facility joint venture and a leading UK provider of high voltage batteries for specialist applications based at the site in Holbrooks. More via The Manufacturer

£24.5m investment announced to secure plans for cable factory at Nigg

£24.5m of public sector support has been announced to secure Japanese company Sumitomo Electric Industries’ investment in a new cable factory at Nigg.

Sumitomo Electric UK Power Cables Ltd (SEUK), a subsidiary of Japanese company Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd (SEI) is planning to establish major operations in the region, supplying high voltage cables to the growing offshore wind energy sector. More via The Inverness Courier

British manufacturer Jaguar enjoys surge in demand after Jeremy Clarkson’s Grand Tour endorsement

Jeremy Clarkson has sparked a surge in demand for the Jaguar F-Type after praising the British supercar after his latest Grand Tour TV special.

Jeremy revealed his F-Type was “extraordinarily strong” on a tough trip through the Sahara desert.

The former Top Gear star said he cannot “lavish enough praise” on the model which he claimed was “tough and unbreakable”. More via Express