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

Posted on 28 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.

Six consecutive months of growth for UK car production

UK car production rose again in February, up 14.6% to 79,907 units, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). More via The Manufacturer

Government holds first meeting of the Hydrogen Propulsion Manufacturing Taskforce

Yesterday, the Hydrogen Propulsion Manufacturing Taskforce had its inaugural meeting.

As part of the Advanced Manufacturing Plan announced in November, the government announced the industry taskforce to maximise investment opportunities for the UK manufacturing of hydrogen propulsion systems. More via Department for Business and Trade

Pragmatic welcomes HRH The Princess Royal for opening of UK’s first 300mm semiconductor wafer manufacturing facility

Pragmatic Semiconductor was honoured to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to officially open the UK’s first 300mm semiconductor wafer fabrication line (fab) at Pragmatic Park in Durham.

The advanced manufacturing facility produces chips based on Pragmatic’s innovative and unique flexible integrated circuit technology. More via The Manufacturer

Chery eyes UK factory as it rolls out Omoda and Jaecoo brands

Chinese carmaker Chery is mulling over plans to establish a factory in the UK as it begins to launch its Omoda and Jaecoo brands in the coming months.

Chery is already China’s largest exporter of cars and has held this title for 20 years, but now it sees the UK as an area that is perfect for its ambitious growth plans. More via Express & Star

Manufacturer launches state-of-the-art facility to support nuclear industry

William Cook Cast Products has opened a radiography centre as part of a £5m investment to consolidate its position as a supplier of steel components to the civil and naval nuclear sectors.

The Sheffield-based company designs, makes and overhauls parts and systems for applications where safety, reliability and traceability are critical. More via The Business Desk

Solar-powered manufacturer joins forces with luxury lodge park for unique event

One of the fastest growing manufacturers in the UK holiday industry has joined forces with a luxury lodge park to promote “a trade show with a difference” this April.

Based out of a solar-powered factory and headquarters in Yorkshire, Beverley Leisure Homes will hold the exclusive event at Maes Mynan Park, in Afonwen near Caerwys, next month. More via Wales 247

Japan nappy maker shifts from babies to adults

A Japanese nappy maker has announced that it will stop producing diapers for babies in the country and, instead, focus on the market for adults.

Oji Holdings is the latest firm to make such a shift in a rapidly ageing Japan, where birth rates are at a record low.

Sales of adult nappies outpaced those for infants in the country for more than a decade. More via BBC News

MTC event returns to support uptake of automation

As UK manufacturers continue to face productivity and net zero challenges, their progress is being hindered by labour shortages. Against this backdrop, this year’s Robotics and Automation: For a Sustainable Future will explore how greater adoption of this technology can address these issues. The event will be held at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) on the 14 and 15 of May. More via The Manufacturer