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

Posted on 27 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.

JCB dancing diggers make debut with Team GB ballroom dancers

As the nation prepares itself for Strictly Come Dancing fever, two internationally renowned dancing duos have teamed up for a unique ballroom routine on the most unlikely of dancefloors.

Two fleet-footed backhoe loaders from the legendary JCB Dancing Diggers were joined for a spin in the glitterball limelight by teenage Team GB ballroom dancers Kaynan Barfoot and Polly Welford at the company’s quarry in Staffordshire. Find out more at The Manufacturer

UK and Germany partner to further advance hydrogen developments

A new important agreement between the UK and Germany could help to accelerate the development of an international hydrogen industry – with the 2 countries at the cutting edge of its development.

Signed yesterday at the UK Embassy in Berlin, by Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance Lord Callanan and Federal Republic of Germany’s State Secretary for Energy Philip Nimmermann – a Joint Declaration of Intent will see the UK and Germany work together to underpin the international trade in hydrogen. Find out more at GOV UK

DS Smith to invest €13m in Romanian production site

DS Smith is increasing its footprint in the Romanian market with an investment of over €13m in its Ghimbav production site. Work at Ghimbav is expected to be completed by the end of 2023, and will support customers’ sustainability goals as well as reducing DS Smith’s carbon emissions on site. Find out more at DS Smith

Alexander Dennis appoints Big Rig Manufacturing as double deck build partner for North America

Alexander Dennis has announced that it has appointed Big Rig Manufacturing as contract manufacturing partner to meet resurging interest in the Enviro500 double decker in North America.

Starting next year, Big Rig Manufacturing will assemble clean diesel Enviro500 double deck buses and the zero-emission Enviro500EV CHARGE to Alexander Dennis designs, specifications, and processes at a new facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. Find out more at Alexander Dennis

Rolls-Royce hydrogen research project sets new world industry first with key milestone success

Rolls-Royce has announced a further key milestone, a world industry first, has been achieved in its hydrogen research project.

Now, Rolls-Royce has proven a critical engine technology that marks another significant step in the journey to enabling hydrogen as an aviation fuel. Find out more at Rolls-Royce

Queen Mary researchers win EPSRC manufacturing grant to develop scalable manufacturing technologies for single-crystal perovskite optical and electronic devices

A Queen Mary Team, led by Dr Lei Su, Reader in Photonics at the School of Engineering and Material Science, has been awarded a highly competitive £1m EPSRC Adventurous Manufacturing Grant that supports high-risk and adventurous ideas. In this project, the QMUL team will develop scalable manufacturing technologies for single-crystal perovskite optical and electronic devices. Find out more at Queen Mary University of London

Bentley celebrates 90th birthday of ‘The Silent Sports Car’

Bentley Motors has welcomed 60 beautiful Bentleys of the ‘Derby era’ to Crewe to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Bentley 3½ Litre, commonly known simply as the ‘Derby Bentley’.

Organised by The Silent Sports Car Club – the owners club dedicated to the Derby Bentley – a cavalcade of cars convoyed to Bentley’s Dream Factory in Crewe last Friday, with more than 100 guests enjoying a tour of the campus, exploration of the Bentley’s newly refurbished Heritage Collection and a visit to the Mulliner workshops. Find out more at Bentley Motors

NCC’s 900km trans-Europe cycle for FoodCycle Bristol raises £10,000

Budding cyclists from the Bristol-based National Composites Centre (NCC) have raised £10,000 for charity after embarking on a gruelling 900km bike ride from Bristol to Cologne – crossing five countries in just five days.

The challenge took place in June with a team of 15 cyclists who started their epic journey from the NCC’s headquarters in the Bristol & Bath Science Park, Emersons Green, down to Portsmouth where they boarded an overnight ferry to Caen. Find out more at The Manufacturer