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

Posted on 27 Oct 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.

Spillard presses button on recruitment drive after £200,000 move into new headquarters

One of the West Midlands’ fastest growing manufacturers has invested more than £200,000 into a new Headquarters in Four Ashes.

Spillard Safety Systems, which supplies safety equipment for the commercial vehicle, construction, HS2, plant and quarry sectors, has moved into the 28,500 sq ft facility – treble the size of its former site. More via The Manufacturer

BAE Systems, Inc. highlights continued advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in workforce and culture

BAE Systems, Inc. released its annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Impact Report titled The Ripple Effect of our Efforts. The report focuses on the company’s commitment and investment in the growth, development, and well-being of its employees and the sustainability of the communities in which it operates.

The DEI Impact Report’s theme, The Ripple Effect of our Efforts, reflects the idea that seemingly small moments and actions have an outsized impact, and it highlights the sustained, consistent progress the company has made towards achieving its short- and long-term DEI goals. More via BAE Systems

JLR confirms Nitra’s electric future as it celebrates the plant’s 5th anniversary

JLR has confirmed that its state-of-the-art plant in Nitra, Slovakia, will produce electric vehicles as part of the company’s Reimagine Strategy that will see nine new electric vehicles launched by 2030.

Announcing the news on the Slovakian plant’s fifth anniversary, Executive Director of Industrial Operations Barbara Bergmeier hailed the incredible success of the plant and its people, which have produced over 365,000 Defender and Discovery vehicles to date, since production commenced in October 2018. More via JLR

GSK launches £6m programme to boost STEM career progression for young people from under-represented groups in the UK

GSK has announced the launch of a £6m, 10-year STEM equity programme, designed to inspire and support the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians from under-represented groups in the UK.

The company’s new UK STEM equity programme aims to help reduce the significant barriers to entry faced by women and young girls, people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and Black communities (under-represented groups), which limit STEM career opportunities and contribute to the lack of diversity in STEM sectors. More via GSK

Smart glasses turn sights into sound for blind users

New smart glasses that turn sights into sound could “transform the lives” of people who are blind or have low vision, the device’s creators have claimed.

Developed by researchers at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Sydney, together with local start-up Aria Research, the ‘acoustic touch’ glasses translate visual information into distinct sound ‘icons’. About 39m people worldwide are blind, according to the World Health Organisation, and an additional 246m people live with low vision, affecting their ability to take part in everyday activities. More via The Institution of Mechanical Engineers