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

Posted on 29 Aug 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.

Leonardo’s buoyant UK helicopter business reveals how it is spending millions with onshore supply chain

Leonardo has published figures about supply chain purchases relating to its UK-based helicopter business, which is going from strength to strength on the back of a string of recent domestic and export orders. Find out more at The Manufacturer

BAE Systems awarded $190m contract for contnued production of Bradley A4

BAE Systems was awarded a contract modification exceeding $190m for continued production of the Bradley A4. The award includes more than 70 M2A4 Infantry Fighting Vehicles and the M7A4 Fire Support Team Vehicles. Find out more at BAE Systems

JCB installs hydrogen engine in white van

JCB has made a second major breakthrough in proving the wider appeal of hydrogen combustion technology by installing one of its super-efficient hydrogen engines into a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van.

The white van retrofit was completed in just two weeks and one of the vehicle’s first test drivers was JCB Chairman Anthony Bamford, who is leading the company’s £100 million hydrogen engine project. Find out more at JCB

Babcock celebrates first of two frigates for Indonesian Navy

Babcock International recently joined PT PAL in Indonesia in celebrating the keel laying ceremony for the first of two new frigates for the Indonesian Navy, which are based on Babcock’s Arrowhead 140 design.

The ceremony took place at PT PAL in Surabaya, Indonesia where the ships are being built by a local workforce. Working with PT PAL, Babcock is sharing its engineering know-how and ship-build experience – supporting the construction of the frigate in PT PAL’s facilities. Find out more at Babcock International

Ford reveals next-generation Nugget camper van

Ford is revealing the all-new, next-generation version of its popular Nugget camper, combining the latest vehicle and interior features to offer more enjoyable adventures on the road. For the first time, Nugget customers will be able to select an advanced electrified powertrain, with a flexible new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model. Find out more at Ford UK

19 Alexander Dennis Enviro400EV to upgrade Transdev Blazefield’s iconic route 36

Alexander Dennis has announced that Transdev Blazefield has ordered 19 next-generation Alexander Dennis battery-electric double deck buses for The Harrogate Bus Company.

The new Alexander Dennis Enviro400EV are part-funded by the UK Government’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme following a successful bid by Transdev’s partner, North Yorkshire Council. Find out more at Alexander Dennis

Burton’s Foods targets carbon cutting for biscuit baking

Burton’s Foods has worked with 42 Technology (42T) to investigate the feasibility of electrification of its gas-fired industrial baking ovens used for biscuits and other products to help cut its carbon emissions.

The results from the feasibility study have concluded that although there are suitable electric ovens available – even with all 42T’s recommended energy savings and other operational cost reductions factored in – they would still make the baking process significantly more expensive because of the marked price difference between electricity and gas. Find out more at The Manufacturer