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

Posted on 27 Mar 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.

Skills a priority as electrification race aims to deliver over 169,000 jobs

It will be revealed today that hundreds of thousands of new skilled jobs will need to be created over the next two years if the UK is going to transition to zero-emission vehicles.

Delegates at the first ever Electric Revolution Skills Hub (ERS Hub) Conference will hear how skills and training people are the two biggest barriers to ensuring the country leads the way in the global electrification race. Read more via The Manufacturer

£9.13m awarded to develop cutting-edge farming technology

Three cutting-edge projects will receive a share of £9.13m in government funding to carry out research and development on proposals to boost agricultural productivity, sustainability and climate resilience, it has been announced today.

The funding will support projects developing robotic crop harvesting for horticulture, an autonomous system to change cows’ bedding to improve their health, welfare and productivity, and a more environmentally-friendly approach to potato cultivation. Read more via GOV UK

Aerospace recovery progresses but industry awaits 2023 lift off

Confirmed aircraft orders in February remained modest, with 104 aircraft orders placed, according to the latest industry figures from ADS Group, the UK trade association advancing leadership in aerospace, security, defence and space. Read more via The Manufacturer

Northvolt in talks to secure $5bn to become Europe’s biggest battery maker

Swedish start-up Northvolt is in talks to secure more than $5bn of financing to pursue its goal of becoming Europe’s biggest battery manufacturer.

The company is negotiating with a number of banks to raise the debt financing and an agreement could be reached later this year, according to people with knowledge of the details. Read more via Financial Times

2023 UK Innovation Report launched

The 2023 UK Innovation Report, which measures the UK’s innovation activity and global industrial performance, has been released.

Compiled by Cambridge Industrial Innovation Policy, based at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, The 2023 UK Innovation Report provides a clear and succinct overview of the key trends across UK industry. Read more via The Manufacturer

Education system must change mindset about opportunities in manufacturing, roundtable is told

Bosses of Yorkshire-based manufacturing businesses have made a passionate plea for greater engagement between education and industry to help plug the skills gap.

More than 20 leading figures spoke about the challenges and opportunities facing their sector when they participated in a roundtable discussion, which was hosted by the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub in conjunction with Made Smarter and The Yorkshire Post. Read more via The Yorkshire Post

Nissan manufacturing leader Kevin Fitzpatrick retires

After nearly 40 years, in which he has seen Nissan Sunderland Plant rise from an empty field into one of the world’s most important automotive hubs, senior vice president Kevin Fitzpatrick is retiring.

Mr Fitzpatrick was one of the original 22 supervisors hired before the plant opened to oversee the start of production of the Nissan Bluebird in 1986. As the factory has grown, so has his career and influence. Read more via Production Engineering Solutions

Yorkshire manufacturer delivers sustainable flood defence to one of the UK’s largest construction firms

The UK’s leading developer of specialised leak detection and environmental protection systems, Andel, installed sustainable flood defence for UK Power Networks recently.

The Yorkshire SME installed its innovative FloodWall and FloodBlox products to protect transformers on a large substation in Croydon which helps supply electricity to London and the southeast of England. Read more via Bdaily News