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

Posted on 29 Jun 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.

JCB wins 900 machine deal from national builders’ merchant

JCB has won one of its biggest orders of the year after a 900-machine deal was signed with national builders’ merchant Jewson.

The order for machines worth more than £12m is the biggest ever placed by Tool Hire – the rental division of Jewson – in the 20 years since JCB first began supplying the company. Read more via The Manufacturer

UKEF backs British exporters with £6.5bn

Hundreds of UK businesses ranging from suppliers of solar batteries to life-saving medical equipment have benefited from £6.5bn in UK Export Finance (UKEF) support over the last year to break into international markets and grow – supporting up to 55,000 UK jobs and contributing billions of pounds to the economy.

The new figures unveiled as part of the Export Credit Agency’s Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23. Read more via GOV UK

The Vita Group surpasses sustainability targets ahead of schedule

The Vita Group, one of Europe’s leading providers of flexible polyurethane foam, has continued to be at the cutting edge of driving environmental change within the industry with the launch of its second sustainability report.

The report verifies that Vita has achieved a 43% reduction in both its Scope 1 and 2 emissions, while its greenhouse gas intensity figures have decreased by the same percentage since the 2019 baseline. Read more via The Manufacturer

Ford Aerospace invests over £1m in equipment and new hires

South Shields-based Ford Aerospace has announced it is investing over £1m in advanced manufacturing equipment and strengthening its team with senior skills as the business continues to grow.

The business, which was acquired in April 2023 by SPIROL, a family-owned manufacturing group headquartered in the US, has invested in equipment which will allow the team to grow production capabilities, to increase the size of the components that are able to be produced and to enable more accurate inspection of parts. Read more via Aerospace Manufacturing

Baby product manufacturer eyes US growth with seven-figure HSBC UK funding

A Stratford-upon-Avon business and leading international baby product manufacturer is set to expand its global footprint thanks to support from HSBC UK.

Green Sheep Group has secured a £1m funding package from HSBC UK as it gears up to expand its renowned nursery and home baby brand Snuz into the US. Read more via Bdaily News

ABB awarded electrification and automation contract for ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India’s new advanced cold rolling mill

ABB has been appointed to provide electrification and automation systems for ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India’s (AM/NS India) advanced steel cold rolling mill (CRM) in Hazira, Gujarat.

AM/NS India – a joint venture between two of the world’s leading steel companies ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel – is setting up the new CRM as part of its downstream expansion plan. Read more via The Manufacturer

Steelworkers demand government does more to support UK industry

Steelworkers from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have joined a march to Parliament, demanding the government does more to support the industry.

The march was organised by the Community Union, which wants more investment to support decarbonisation.

British Steel Scunthorpe multi-union chair Paul McBean said ministers needed to match steel firms’ investment. Read more via BBC News