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

Posted on 30 Jan 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.

2023 was a record-breaking year for Aircraft orders, says ADS

2023 marked a record breaking year for aircraft orders, with deliveries reaching a five-year high, according to the latest figures from ADS, the trade association for the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.

3,850 aircraft orders placed in 2023 is a global record for commercial aircraft, according to ADS records which began in 2010. More via The Manufacturer

Industry’s best celebrated at Make UK National Manufacturing Awards

The manufacturing industry’s best companies, teams and individuals were celebrated last Thursday evening at the Make UK National Manufacturing Awards, held at the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

In attendance was Grace Gilling, managing director of Hennik Research (publishers of The Manufacturer), who said: “Congratulations to all the entrants, finalists and winners – putting yourself out there and entering awards is a big commitment, but it’s always worthwhile – you’re putting a stake in the ground showcasing who you are and what you do, and shining a spotlight on the sector! I really enjoy seeing/hearing from/ celebrating businesses known and unknown!” More via Make UK on LinkedIn

University of Sheffield boosts development of sustainable aviation fuel

The University of Sheffield has successfully bolstered its efforts to decarbonise the aviation industry by increasing its green hydrogen production capacity, following the successful commissioning of a new polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyser. More via The Manufacturer

UK Infrastructure Bank provides £200m boost to AESC battery gigafactory

The UK Infrastructure Bank has today announced a £200m loan to support the development of AESC’s gigafactory in the North East of England, helping to strengthen the UK’s electric vehicle supply chain and providing a boost to the regional economy.

The bridging loan will support the construction of the 15.8GWh gigafactory in Sunderland, which started in 2022. The project will create and support more than 1,000 jobs once operational. More via Batteries News

Materials Processing Institute embarks on groundbreaking artificial intelligence initiative to transform UK’s Additive Manufacturing sector

The Materials Processing Institute is leading a £600,000 research collaboration to develop a groundbreaking artificial intelligence tool capable of creating greater efficiencies within the Additive Manufacturing (AM) sector.

Working in partnership with Additive Manufacturing Solutions Ltd and AMFG, it aims to provide a versatile, commercial, predictive material reuse management tool that will enable AM to expand by introducing greater cost efficiencies. More via The Manufacturer

Battery cell manufacturing to continue in Thurso as 20 jobs are saved at AMTE Power

Twenty jobs have been saved in Thurso after a deal that ensures battery cell manufacturing will continue in the town.

AMTE Power went into administration earlier this month after experiencing financial difficulties.

A transaction with Dutch-owned LionVolt Ltd has secured the jobs in Caithness but the remaining 15 staff, in Oxfordshire, have been made redundant. More via John O’Groat Journal

Carcinotech Raises £4.2m in Funding

Carcinotech, an Edinburgh, Scotland, UK-based 3D printed micro-tumour manufacturer, raised £4.2m in funding.

The round was led by Eos Advisory, alongside the Investment Fund for Scotland (IFS) managed by Maven Capital Partners, Scottish Enterprise, Old College Capital, Investing Women Angels, and existing investors TRICAPITAL, SIS Ventures, Gabriel Investment Syndicate, and Alba Equity. More via Fin SMEs

Enigma Bicycle Works reports ‘notable increase’ in sales

In a highly competitive and crowded market, Enigma Titanium Ltd, the UK-based premium bike manufacturer, has reported a “notable increase” in sales for 2023, defying the prevailing industry trend.

Specifically, the company has experienced a 40% year-on-year surge in the sales of its domestically produced ‘Signature’ titanium and steel frames, each meticulously handcrafted from start to finish in Hailsham, East Sussex. More via bikebiz