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

Posted on 26 Sep 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.

Nissan counts down to electric-only sales in Europe

Nissan, the company which lit the spark that electrified the automotive industry, is today counting down to an all-electric line-up in Europe.

With many countries debating when to ban sales of internal combustion engines, Nissan is pressing ahead with plans to achieve 100% EV in Europe by 2030, with all new Nissan models from now to be all-electric in Europe.

With capability to design, engineer and build vehicles in the UK, and building on the brand’s core strengths of electrification and crossovers, the switch will also support Nissan’s drive towards carbon neutrality. Find out more at Nissan UK

New EU Russian Sanctions could trigger major export delays for UK manufacturers warns the CBM

Manufacturers of iron, steel or steel products could be sleepwalking into an export disaster when new EU Russian Sanctions come into force later this week (September 30th).

The Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM) is urging companies to urgently explore the legislation, which requires evidence that iron and steel used to produce components in a third country (outside the EU, including the UK) does not originate from Russia. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Airbus wants to hire 1,000+ more employees in the UK

Airbus has announced its plans to hire an additional 1,100 people in the UK over the coming years. The positions to be created will cover a wide range of the company’s activities, with the new posts to include cyber security and software engineers, project and program managers, and other engineering positions in cryogenics, manufacturing, and robotics. Find out more at Simple Flying

Group Rhodes acquires South Yorkshire engineering business

Group Rhodes, the Wakefield-based manufacturer of machinery serving the metalforming, composites and heavy ceramic sectors, has acquired Barnsley-based BJD Crushers Limited, a manufacturer of size reduction machinery.

BJD, formerly British Jeffrey Diamond, offers a wide variety of material processing equipment and high-capacity crushers designed to control product size. This complements the portfolios of two Group Rhodes businesses namely Craven Fawcett and Hallamshire Engineering Services, which manufacture machinery and spare parts for the heavy clay and materials handling sectors. Find out more at The Manufacturer

UK signs sixth US state deal with Washington State

The UK and the US state of Washington yesterday signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost trade and investment.

Washington State is home to major US business including Amazon, Starbucks, Microsoft and Boeing, and has a GDP roughly equivalent to Poland. The MoU marks the sixth delivered as part of the UK’s state-level strategy to boost trade with the US and means that the combined GDP of states the UK has MoUs with now totals £2.2tn. Find out more at GOV UK

Oracle’s award-winning early adopter MESTEC scores hat-trick of contracts

A UK technology specialist has built on a record year by securing a trio of high-profile contracts and a prestigious global award.

MESTEC, which has seen sales grow by over 50% since its acquisition by Eyelit Inc, will use its pioneering cloud-based Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) solution to create smarter factories for clients involved in supercar customisation, advanced engineering, and a golf equipment manufacturer. Find out more at The Manufacturer

Telford manufacturer is in running for hat-trick of awards

Hager UK has been nominated for Residential Product of the Year, Commercial Product of the Year, and Marketing Initiative of the Year at the Electrical Times Awards 2023.

The triple shortlist success recognises the company’s continued dedication to manufacturing standard and specialist products for their community of over 20,000 electrical professionals across the UK. Find out more at Shropshire Star