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

Posted on 31 Oct 2023 by The Manufacturer

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Year to date aircraft orders highest since 2014 – ADS Group

Year to date global aircraft orders are the highest since 2014 with 2,188 aircraft orders placed as the UK’s aerospace sector continues to soar in its ongoing recovery.

A new report from ADS Group, the trade association for aerospace, defence, security and space organisations highlights that orders for single-aisle aircraft continue to dominate market recovery and account for almost 80 per cent of orders in 2023.

As aircraft orders continue to surge, global deliveries remain steady and just below 2019 trends with 860 deliveries year to date, a 12 per cent increase on the same period in 2022. Deliveries for single-aisle and wide-body aircraft increased by 10 per cent and 24 per cent respectively at the end of Q3 which is positive for the UK’s advanced manufacturing sector. More via The Manufacturer

Babcock awarded three-year Phalanx support contract extension

Babcock has been awarded a three-year contract to continue to provide critical support for the Royal Navy’s Phalanx Close-In Weapon Support System (CIWS).

The Phalanx CIWS is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled, radar-guided gun that can defeat anti-ship missiles and other close-in threats. The system is found on multiple Royal Navy platforms, including the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. More via Babcock International

Boeing Sheffield factory celebrates 5th anniversary

Boeing is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its Sheffield-based site, the company’s first European manufacturing facility. Over the past five years, Boeing Sheffield has shipped more than 21,000 UK-made parts supporting the production of the 737 family of airplanes.

The £40m, 6,200 square meter facility continues to play a pivotal role in Boeing’s global advanced manufacturing ecosystem.

Employees at the South Yorkshire site use advanced manufacturing techniques to make the trailing edge actuator components for the 737 series, including the P-8 Poseidon and the E-7 Wedgetail aircraft. Actuator components help control wing flaps during take-off and landing. More via Boeing

AMRC to become world leader in new sustainable materials for manufacturing

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has secured funding for a new capability, the first-of-its-kind in the UK, to research and develop novel fibre reinforced thermoplastic tapes. These recyclable materials have the potential to transform sustainability in composite manufacturing.

The Multipurpose Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastic Tape (FRTT) Development Cell is being funded by a £1.7m grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which is part of UK Research and Innovation. More via The Manufacturer

Stratford bicycle manufacturer Pashley saddles up for a greener future

A heritage bicycle brand based in Stratford is aiming to crowdfund its way to a greener future.

Pashley, Britain’s longest-established bicycle maker, is launching a crowdfunding campaign to allow it to accelerate its growth in the sustainable transport market.

Customers are invited, for the first time in Pashley’s 97-year-old history, to invest in the company with the cash going towards supporting its existing product development in e-cargo delivery cycles, electric assist leisure cycles, and bike share products for public and private hire schemes. More via Stratford Observer

Plans to expand Seabrook’s Bradford crisp factory approved

A crisp manufacturer has been given approval to expand its factory in its home city.

Seabrook Crisps is growing its site on Duncombe Street, in Bradford, by 4,000 sq m (43,055 sq ft), to provide further warehouse room for preparation and storage.

The firm previously said the existing factory could not meet the demand for its crinkle-cut snacks.

Bradford Council said the move would provide jobs and an economic boost. More via BBC News

Around 680 workers made redundant after Safestyle UK falls into administration

Around 680 staff have been made redundant at window and door manufacturer and seller Safestyle.

The business has gone into administration and the GMB union had expected up to 600 job losses.

But on Monday, administrators Interpath Advisory said the number of redundancies was about 680.

Only 70 of the roughly 750 staff have been retained. More via Sky News

Gym equipment manufacturer Indigo Fitness celebrates new premises after winning prestigious contracts

One of the UK’s leading commercial gym equipment design and manufacturing companies based in Nuneaton is celebrating winning a major military contract and a prestigious new customer.

Indigo Fitness, which was founded in 1996, moved to its current home at the Whitacre Road Industrial Estate after outgrowing its previous base in Hinckley following advice and support from the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub.

The 38-strong company specialises in providing strength and conditioning equipment and creating training spaces for top-level sports teams, universities, schools, independent and boutique gyms as well as national and multi-site operators. More via Bdaily News