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

Posted on 30 Oct 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.

AI and Machine learning set to boost Industry’s automation push – Make UK/Infor survey

Manufacturers are set to see a surge in the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning as they push for greater automation and improvements in productivity, efficiency and quality according to a new survey published today by Make UK and Infor.

The survey, published ahead of the Summit on AI at Bletchley Park this week, shows that companies are increasing their investment in automation across a broad range of technologies and functions from manufacturing processes to product design and development. These investments are set to accelerate in the next two years with greater automation leading to an increase in higher levels of skills and more than a quarter of companies (28%) saying they will have less need for lower skilled roles. More via The Manufacturer

Malaysia’s Petronas to invest $1.6bn in Indian green ammonia

Malaysian state-owned energy company Petronas is set to invest $1.6bn in an Indian green ammonia venture, in a boost to New Delhi’s ambitions to export energy.

The investment by Petronas’s Gentari renewables division will give it a 30 per cent stake in a green ammonia company incorporated by the founders of Indian renewables group Greenko, one of India’s largest wind and solar power producers and energy storage operators, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal and two people briefed on it. More via Financial Times

Leeds-based engineering group Renew Holdings acquires cumbrian nuclear manufacturing firm

Leeds-based Renew Holdings has announced that it has acquired Cumbrian nuclear manufacturing firm T.I.S Cumbria Ltd (TIS) for £4.7m.

The AIM listed engineering group said that the acquisition will immediately double its manufacturing capacity.

Renew said in line with its strategy, the acquisition would enhance its nuclear services offering and strengthen its position in the growing nuclear decommissioning and new build markets. More via The Yorkshire Post

APC unveils £86.9m for scale-up and R&D of net-zero vehicle technology

The Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC) has announced the successful applicants of its latest funding rounds, sharing £86.9m of government and industry funding into zero tailpipe emission vehicle technology.

This is the latest in Collaborative R&D support from the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC), with a total project cost of £67.9m, covering a range of different vehicle types to decarbonise each market segment they inhabit. More via The Manufacturer

Croda breaks ground at new Consumer Care production facility in China

Croda International Plc, the company that uses smart science to create high-performance ingredients and solutions that improve lives, has broken ground at a greenfield site in GuangZhou that will become its new multi-purpose production facility for fragrances and beauty actives ingredients in China.

Aligned with Croda’s strategic priority to deliver fast growth in Asia, the new state-of-the-art, low-carbon facility will significantly expand Croda’s fragrance manufacturing capacity in China. It also marks the inauguration of a production capability for beauty actives within the region. This investment underscores Croda’s dedication to the country, enabling realisation of its “Made in China for China” initiative, while also facilitating exports to other countries in the region. More via Croda

LIBERTY Bolton Aerospace Service Centre successfully passed the BSI Environmental audit

In October 2023, the LIBERTY Bolton Aerospace Service Centre achieved a notable milestone by successfully passing the BSI Environmental audit without any minor comments or areas for improvement. This achievement is a testament to the collective efforts of the entire Bolton team and the Environmental Department support. More via LIBERTY Steel Group

Innovative mass timber industrial scheme in Greenwich unveiled by dRMM

London-based dRMM has successfully completed the construction of Charlton WorkStack, an innovative multi-storey mass timber industrial project.

The development is primarily constructed from engineered timber and sets out to demonstrate new ways of delivering high-density industrial spaces on compact sites. The client behind the project is the Greenwich Enterprise Board (GEB), a social enterprise developer dedicated to providing affordable workspace in the south-east London borough. More via Building Design