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

Posted on 28 Feb 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.

Global institutions sign landmark agreement to boost trade

A coalition of major global institutions has today signed a landmark agreement to advance a shared vision for the creation of a neutral, open, non-profit and inclusive digital infrastructure for trade data sharing.

The agreement is designed to break down barriers and boost inclusivity and participation by drastically reducing the time and cost associated with cross-border trade. More via The Manufacturer

Minister for Industry and Economic Security gives speech on support for UK manufacturing

Nusrat Ghani, Minister of State for Industry and Economic Security, yesterday delivered a keynote speech at Make UK’s National Manufacturing Conference.

In her speech, Ghani cited the conflict in Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic and the current Red Sea crisis as just a few of the reasons why the days of UK manufacturing outsourcing to “far flung corners of the globe are over.” Read her full speech via Department for Business and Trade

Somerset battery factory gets green light

Britain’s biggest car battery factory looks set to get off the ground in a much-needed boost for the motor industry.

Agratas, a new business within the Tata Group, will today outline plans to build a gigafactory to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) at the Gravity Smart Campus site in Puriton, near Bridgwater, Somerset. More via This Is Money

AMRC helps drive forward blueprint for production rates of SMEs electric motors

New processes have been devised and technology de-risked by the University of Sheffield AMRC to help increase electric motor production rates for the UK’s largest supplier of electric drive systems – with an ambition of transitioning from 60 to 5,000 traction motors per year.

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) formed part of a consortium of experts tasked by Magtec, based in Rotherham, to support the business need for new ways to reduce bottlenecks within its production processes to enable an increase in the number of electric motors it could make per year. More via The Manufacturer

£70m for environmental research facilities and equipment

A network of seven NERC facilities that host environmental analytical facilities and field equipment and expertise has received an investment of £70m.

The Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) funding will enable UK researchers to continue to access the UK’s pool of field and analytical equipment which underpins environmental science. More via UK Research and Innovation

Apprentices urge others follow their career path

Apprentices working at Yorkshire-based gritter manufacturer Econ Engineering have urged more young people to follow in their career footsteps.

Two young employees at the company’s Ripon-based assembly plant have spoken of the opportunities their roles have provided. More via Transport Engineer

Warwick engineering students develop wind turbine for Arctic world record attempt

An explorer is aiming to create a new world record for the longest continuing solo science based expedition trip across the Arctic, using a power source created by engineering students at The University of Warwick.

Coventry born Mark Wood is planning to cross over 1250 miles of Arctic tundra on his 100 day ‘Solo 100’ expedition, which begins next week. More via The Manufacturer

Leonardo’s George Matich’s legacy lives on through academic prize

George Matich’s contribution to national and international defence and security, along with his academic research, was wide-ranging, and he left a significant legacy when he passed away in 2021.

Recognising the impact George had during his lifetime, and could continue to have on future generations, his family established the George Matich Memorial Award. Leonardo, where George was Chief Technologist, is honoured to support this important prize. More via Leonardo UK

Rolls-Royce announces 2024 FIRST Network Quality Award winners

Rolls-Royce has announced the winners for its 2024 FIRST Network™ Quality Awards today at the HAI Heli-Expo. These FIRST Network members have been selected for outstanding performance in the following areas: Best in Class, FIRST Class Service, Outstanding Partnership and Trusted to Deliver Excellence. More via Rolls-Royce

Property agency helps pet treat manufacturer expand

Derby property agency, Salloway, brokered a deal to let a 7,750 sq ft industrial facility to Pet Treats Wholesale.

Pet Treats Wholesale is a manufacturer of natural dog treats and was established by chef Dominic Jolivet in 2011. More via The Business Desk