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

Posted on 27 Mar 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.

Nottingham Uni receives over £70m to power future transport to net zero

The University of Nottingham has secured more than £70m to establish new world-leading and open-access research facilities and programmes that will decarbonise future transport.

The funding is secured based on a £14m award from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF). This is augmented by both public and private co-investment that will allow the university to build on its existing internationally leading capabilities in electrification, hydrogen and manufacturing. More via The Manufacturer

Four new research centres put icing on cake of scheme’s success

Net zero transport, disease therapies, and translational medicine are some of the UK sectors set to benefit from a £63m investment in four new research centres.

The universities of Cranfield, Hull, King’s College London and Nottingham have all received funding from round seven of Research England’s flagship UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) to create the centres. More via UK Research and Innovation

BAE Systems showcases latest Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle prototype at AUSA Global Force

BAE Systems is showcasing its future-driven Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) prototype configured with the External Mission Equipment Package (ExMEP) at the 2024 AUSA Global Force Symposium. ExMEP, also described as the universal top plate, provides a common integration point across all AMPV hull structures to allow for seamless and modernized technology enhancements. This prototype marks the third successful capability combination in the last six months. More via BAE Systems

Vanshikrishna Suvarna joins Britvic plc as Chief Information and Transformational Officer

Britvic plc has announced the appointment of Vanshikrishna (Vanshi) Suvarna as Chief Information and Transformational Officer. Vanshi will lead the IT, data and analytics function for the business as well as deliver cross-functional transformation programmes. He will be an integral part of the plc executive team.

Vanshi brings a wealth of multi-national experience gained within the consumer goods industry (Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller) and construction sectors where he led strategic transformation programmes. More via Britvic PLC

DS Smith introduces fibre-based packaging in time for Easter 2024

DS Smith, a leading global supplier of sustainable and fibre-based packaging solutions, has partnered with Filir d.o.o. the distributor of some of the world’s most renowned confectionary products, to redesign packaging for the brand’s Easter product portfolio. More via The Manufacturer

Nissan appoints Diana Torres as NMGB Managing Director

Nissan has appointed Diana Torres as Managing Director of NMGB, leading Sales and Marketing operations in its biggest European market.

Effective April 1st, she will be based at Nissan’s Maple Cross head office in Rickmansworth, near London, and will report to Mayra Gonzáles, Divisional Vice President Marketing & Sales Europe. More via Nissan GB

Digital Catapult’s Digital Supply Chain Hub welcomes four new companies

Digital Catapult has announced that four leading businesses have joined the Made Smarter Innovation Digital Supply Chain Hub programme to solve industrial challenges posed by their supply chains. The participating companies have sponsored specific challenges with technology providers that, if solved, will yield significant benefits for the country’s textiles and hydrogen industries, with each technology provider receiving up to £100,000 in funding. More via Digital Catapult

Leonardo and New Zealand industry sign MoU for nation’s Maritime Helicopter Replacement programme

Leonardo is collaborating with New Zealand industry – including the development of Small to Medium Enterprises – through a set of comprehensive Memorandum of Understandings (MoU). The MoU outlines technical and programme support, operations, maintenance and job creation, which will foster a symbiotic relationship as part of Leonardo’s offer for the country’s MHR programme with its latest-generation AW159 multi-role helicopter. More via Leonardo

Made Smarter and tech institutes join forces to demystify digital transformation

Made Smarter and leading technology demonstrators have joined forces to demystify digital transformation with a new white paper. More via The Manufacturer