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

Posted on 30 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.

Welcome rise for UK car production in February

UK car production rose 13.1% in February, up to 69,707 units, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Factories made an additional 8,050 cars, with volumes buoyed by an easing of supply chain shortages – notably of semiconductors – which have bedevilled the global industry since the early months of 2021. Read more via The Manufacturer

Babcock awarded Skysiren contract extension

Babcock has been awarded a 12-month contract extension to continue its support of Skysiren, the UK’s implementation of the US defence Integrated Broadcast Service.

Skysiren is part of a UK Five Eyes programme, which provides the UK Armed Forces with near real time intelligence sources in a single broadcast data stream. Read more via Babcock International

M&A activity in Manufacturing sector remains resilient, despite headwinds

UK Manufacturing M&A activity has been resilient despite considerable headwinds, according to research published today by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO. Read more via The Manufacturer

Steelwork manufacturer takeover saves 63 jobs in Rugby

Some 63 jobs at the Rugby branch of a steelwork manufacturer have been saved following a takeover.

Aartee Bright Bar (ABB), which owns a distribution hub in Paynes Lane, has been sold to Barrett Steel Limited for £13m.

ABB, Britain’s largest distributor of engineering steel products, went into administration in February following a creditor dispute. Read more via Rugby Observer

Yorkshire-rolled British steel bound for the Alps

Bull wheel profiles rolled at British Steel’s Special Profiles business in Skinningrove are once again destined for the snow-capped mountains of the Alps where they’ll help skiers make the most of the slopes.

The recent order for the specialist profile comes on the back of developments made by our Special Profiles business in 2017, when we developed the bespoke profile for ski-lift systems. Read more via The Manufacturer

US life science company New England Biolabs selects Oxfordshire’s Milton Park for first UK manufacturing hub

New England Biolabs, a global leader in the discovery and production of enzymes for molecular biology applications, has announced it is establishing its first overseas product development and manufacturing site at Milton Park in Oxfordshire, one of the UK’s leading life science clusters. Read more via Business & Innovation Magazine

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners achieves a place on CDP’s Supplier Engagement Leaderboard with an ‘A’ rating

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) has been recognised for its leadership in supplier engagement on climate change, with a top rating on CDP’s Supplier Engagement Leaderboard for the fifth year running. Read more via CCEP