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

Posted on 30 Apr 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.

Entries for robotics contest up 50% as FANUC continues to inspire Gen Z

Industrial automation experts FANUC UK have reported an impressive 53% year-on-year increase in the number of young people that have applied for the WorldSkills UK Industrial Robotics competition.

A record 80 young people have registered to take part in the 2024 initiative, which aims to gives students and apprentices the chance to learn key robotics programming and operating skills with help from FANUC experts. More via The Manufacturer

Smart device manufacturers face new rules in UK market

The UK government has introduced ‘world-first’ laws protecting businesses and consumers from cyberattacks, which will have ripple effects for smart device manufacturers worldwide.

Under the new rules, manufacturers of connected devices – such as smartphones, games consoles and smart doorbells – are legally required to follow minimum security standards against cyber threats. More via IoT World Today

Energy storage firm opens first UK manufacturing facility

GivEnergy has launched its first manufacturing facility in the UK to develop commercial energy storage systems.

The site in Staffordshire also has space reserved for future manufacturing of the company’s smaller products, such as its EV charger.

The factory will conduct repairs, recycling, and repurposing of damaged or outdated GivEnergy battery systems through a specially designed R&D lab. More via The Business Desk

New STILFOLD academy to propel green manufacturing in Europe

MetaFold Academy, an innovative training initiative aimed at advancing green manufacturing practices within the automotive sector, has been launched.

Supported by a nearly €5m grant from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Manufacturing, MetaFold Academy is set to transform the landscape of industrial education across Sweden, Greece, Italy, and Hungary. More via The Manufacturer

Rolls-Royce pulls plug on UK nuclear factory plans

Rolls-Royce has reportedly revised its plans to construct nuclear factories in the UK, citing ongoing delays in a government design competition for its small modular reactor (SMR) programme.

Initially proposing two factories, the company has decided to forgo building a pressure vessel manufacturing facility due to time constraints, opting instead to procure heavy pressure vessels from third-party suppliers. More via Energy Live News

More than 100 jobs at risk as Everest windows factory closes

More than 100 jobs are at risk at a windows and doors factory after it enters administration, BBC Wales understands.

Staff at Everest in Treherbert, Rhondda Cynon Taf, were told on Monday the company was going into administration after two possible buyers fell through, said trade union GMB. More via BBC News

Lesjofors Group becomes first spring manufacturer to achieve SBTi validation

In a first for the spring manufacturing industry, the Lesjӧfors Group’s near-term climate emission reduction targets have officially been validated by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).

The validation by the SBTi (the official body for setting climate targets) establishes the Lesjӧfors Group as the only spring and pressing manufacturer in the world to achieve the validation, confirming the Lesjӧfors Group’s commitment to achieving the Paris agreement goals of limiting global warming to 1.5 ̊C above pre-industrial levels. More via The Manufacturer