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

Posted on 7 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.

UK new car market posts seventh straight month of growth

UK new car registrations grew by 26.2% in February as 74,441 new cars joined Britain’s roads, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

While February is typically low volume ahead of the March plate change, this year it marked the seventh month of consecutive growth as easing supply chain shortages steered the market closer to pre-pandemic levels, down just -6.5% on the same month in 2020. Read more via The Manufacturer

Greenshoring: the key to manufacturing’s sustainable transformation, says HVMC

The UK can become the greenshoring location of choice for manufacturing supply chains, and that can grow the sector’s contribution to the UK economy; but doing so relies on creating common standards for carbon emissions reporting, the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult has warned.

Industrial production accounts for around 16% of the UK’s direct carbon emissions. When looking at consumption emissions – carbon embodied in all the goods and services – that figure is 43%. The growing urgency of shifting to a low-carbon economy means more and more companies are seeking to develop greener supply chains. Read more via HVMC

Manufacturers urged to step up use of digital technologies in supply chain monitoring – Make UK/Infor survey

Manufacturers are being urged to step up their adoption of digital technologies to monitor supply chains as part of efforts to build resilience in the face of permanent volatility in their markets.

The call was made today on the back of a major survey on supply chains published by Make UK and Infor launched at the Make UK National Manufacturing Conference. Read more via The Manufacturer

BAE Systems Chief Executive steps up to tackle youth unemployment

Charles Woodburn, BAE Systems Chief Executive, has taken on the role of Chair of Movement to Work, a charitable organisation, which brings together some of the UK’s biggest businesses to tackle youth unemployment and drive social change.

The charity helps to support young people who are not currently in education, employment or training step onto the career ladder by working with UK employers to provide quality jobs, training and work placement opportunities. Read more via BAE Systems

Airbus welcomes Boeing to H175M Task Force for UK New Medium Helicopter competition

Boeing has become the latest and final defence and aerospace company to join the H175M Task Force addressing the UK New Medium Helicopter requirement.

As training services partner, Boeing Defence UK will provide aircrew, groundcrew and maintenance training, if the super-medium class Airbus H175M, to be built at Broughton in Wales, is selected to replace the Airbus Puma HC2.

The company joins a UK-based industry team created to offer, supply and support the British-built H175M which includes some of the most respected players in international aerospace. Read more via Airbus

Toblerone: Swiss rules mean chocolate bar to drop Matterhorn from packaging

Toblerone is to remove the Matterhorn mountain peak from its packaging when some of the chocolate’s production is moved from Switzerland to Slovakia.

The pyramid-shaped bar, which mirrors the Alpine peak, will undergo a labelling revamp and include its founder’s signature, its maker said.

US firm Mondelez said the image of the 4,478m (14,692 ft) mountain will be replaced by a more generic summit. Read more via BBC News

Mental health charity gets ‘Wired for Good’ funding boost from Black Country manufacturer

A Black Country charity that predominantly supports men with their mental health has received a funding boost thanks to a kind-hearted local manufacturer.

Tough Enough To Care, which was formed by Stuart Bratt after he lost two friends to suicide in four days in 2019, has secured £5,000 from Alloy Wire International’s ‘Wired for Good’ campaign. Read more via The Manufacturer

Hundreds of jobs created by PPE maker Globus Group as sales continue to rise

One of the UK’s largest PPE makers created over 200 jobs while its sales continued to rise during its latest financial year, according to newly-published documents.

Globus Group, which is headquartered in Manchester, increased its headcount from 489 to 700 employees in the 12 months to May 31, 2022. Read more via Business Live