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

Posted on 28 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.

Helping British manufacturers find robotics solutions

The Manufacturing Technology Centre and HowToRobot have announced a partnership aimed at increasing the adoption of robots among manufacturing and warehouse businesses in the UK.

The collaboration will bring together HowToRobot‘s global automation marketplace and the MTC‘s expertise to connect businesses with the right automation and robotics solutions and suppliers. Read more via The Manufacturer

UK space sector income reaches £17.5bn as jobs and services grow

Despite the global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, space organisations presented a robust picture, generating £17.5bn in 2021, compared to £16.5bn the previous year.

Figures in the latest Size & Health of the UK Space Industry report show the number of space organisations identified across the UK rose from 1,293 to 1,590, creating 1,772 jobs. The sector now employs just under 48,800 people and supports an estimated 126,800 UK jobs across the wider supply chain. Read more via GOV UK

EKC Group unveils green engineering centres to tackle skills gap

EKC Group has launched the first of two new centres, part of a sustainable skills revolution aimed at supporting businesses across Kent and the south-east region of the UK to adapt to a net zero world.

The Green Engineering Centre and Mechatronic Lab opened its doors for the first time on Tuesday, 21 March at EKC Group’s Canterbury campus alongside a second centre in Ashford. These centres will support a range of new training courses focused on skills that support decarbonisation, as well as a resource for businesses looking to solve a challenge or test a new concept or product. Read more via The Manufacturer

Rolls-Royce forms new partnership to support STEM

Rolls-Royce has formed a new partnership with STEM Returners to help engineers get back to work after a career break.

As part of their continued drive to enhance inclusion, the organisation’s defence division will offer a STEM Returners programme at its site near Bristol where candidates will be involved in projects including Tempest, which is developing the next generation of fighter jets; and Orpheus, a project developing efficient low burn engines. Read more via Production Engineering Solutions

Life sciences companies supercharged with £277m in government and private investment

Four life sciences companies, ranging from medical diagnostics to medicines manufacturing, will see £277m in joint government and industry backing to help grow and innovate.

The funding, announced by Science Minister George Freeman today (28 March 2023), forms the first tranche of winning grants from the Life Sciences Innovative Manufacturing Fund (LSIMF). Read more via GOV UK

Mystery surrounds planning application at BAE Systems in Glascoed

A decision notice, stating that Monmouthshire County Council has approved the application at arms manufacturer BAE Systems’ Glascoed site, has been published by the local authority.

However plans related to the new duel fuel four boiler energy centre haven’t been made available on the council’s dedicated planning website, though they can be viewed by appointment at County Hall in Usk. Read more via South Wales Argus

US pharma giant Eli Lilly to increase investment in new Irish manufacturing facility

Eli Lilly will increase its investment in its new biologics drug substance manufacturing facility, in Limerick in the Mid West region, to nearly $1bn.

Construction of the new 500,000 sq. ft. facility is currently underway at IDA’s Business Park in Raheen and is expected to create more than 300 highly skilled jobs across areas including engineering, scientists, and operations. Read more via IDA Ireland

OAS apprentices take on Emma Wiggs Challenge

Leading engineering and apprentice training centre Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) has hosted double Paralympic Champion Emma Wiggs, to launch the new Emma Wiggs Challenge aimed at using design engineering to improve life for people with disabilities. Read more via The Manufacturer