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

Posted on 28 May 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.

Made Smarter Adoption Awards recognise SME digital transformation champions

Made Smarter, the movement connecting manufacturers to technology and skills, has launched a national awards programme to celebrate digital transformation among SME manufacturers.

The Made Smarter Adoption Awards champion manufacturing and engineering companies who have committed to adopting technology and skills to digitalise, decarbonise and drive growth. More via The Manufacturer

Google to begin manufacturing Pixel Smartphones in India

Google is to begin manufacturing Pixel smartphones in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu sometime this year, according to local reports.

The company is to set up new production lines with Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn using the company’s existing facilities in the state. More via Silicon

Jaguar makes last internal combustion-powered only vehicle at Castle Bromwich

The Jaguar Castle Bromwich plant in the UK has built its last vehicle – the final internal-combustion-only Jaguar model – as the British brand moves towards a fully-electric line-up in 2025.

A petrol-powered Jaguar XE sedan in appropriate British dark green paintwork was the factory’s final vehicle and the last Jaguar model line not offered with a battery or electric motor. More via Drive

Indication of higher confidence

Despite the plethora of challenges that manufacturers have faced in recent years, many innovative businesses are still investing, whether it be acquiring other businesses in order to grow, or investing in new plant and machinery to drive productivity.

To find out more about the current sentiment among businesses, The Manufacturer’s Molly Cooper sat down with Dave Atkinson, SME & Mid Corporates Head of Manufacturing at Lloyds Bank, for an update on what they are currently doing in the sector and what’s ahead for the next year. More via The Manufacturer

Microsoft will allow other companies to make next gen Xbox consoles claims insider

The next gen Xbox will allegedly not be a single console but a Windows-based device that other manufacturers can make their own versions of, according to the latest insider rumour. More via Metro

Terinex Flexibles unveils new factory and office building in UK

Flexible packaging company Terinex Flexibles has officially opened its new EPC A+ rated factory in the UK.

The facility, located on Dove Valley Park near Derby, is claimed to be the UK’s first net zero CO2 rated building. It houses a flexographic printing operation. More via Packaging Gateway

Dulux to shut Cork plant after 140 years on Commons Road

Dulux is to shut its paint manufacturing business on Cork’s Commons Road by the end of this year with the loss of 45 jobs and ending a 140-year history of manufacturing on the site.

The company, owned by Dutch multinational AkzoNobel, confirmed the manufacturing site and warehouse is to shut with operations moving to the UK. More via Irish Examiner

Dame Judith Hackitt urges collaboration to tackle skills gaps

Dame Judith Hackitt has urged action and collaboration to tackle the UK engineering and manufacturing skills gaps.

The engineering stalwart and Chair of the Enginuity Board has called on engineering and manufacturing employers to pledge their support in addressing 5 key priorities in Enginuity’s new ‘Manifesto for Change’. More via The Manufacturer