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

Posted on 8 Dec 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.

Babcock develops cutting-edge communications and management know-how

Babcock has developed a know-how with the aptitude of controlling single or total fleets of automobiles in a defence setting.

Babcock demonstrated its SwarmCore know-how, a sophisticated software program system made up of a number of networks, on the UK Ministry of Defence’s BattleLab website final week in Dorset. The undertaking was created in collaboration with Arqit, a frontrunner in quantum-safe encryption and supported by the UK’s nationwide innovation company, Innovate UK.

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Landmark year for AMRICC Centre sees Midlands vision for advanced ceramics take shape

Two Staffordshire manufacturers are among the early adopters of a pioneering new £10m facility, designed to put the Midlands at the forefront of innovation in ceramics and advanced ceramics.

Both Churchill China plc and Johnson Tiles are partnering on projects focused on efficiency and sustainability with The AMRICC Centre, which commenced operation this year to enable organisations in the ceramics sector to trial new products at commercial pilot scale.

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Toyota’s hydrogen Hilux prototype picks up What Van? Editor’s Choice Award

Toyota’s exploration of how hydrogen could be a future fuel for its legendary Hilux pick-up has been recognised with the What Van? Editor’s Choice Award.

Earlier this year, Toyota unveiled a new hydrogen fuel cell electric Hilux prototype, developed in a Government-supported joint project with consortium partners at its Burnaston car plant in Derbyshire.

The engine drives a compact motor generator using a belt system, which in turn charges a 48V lithium battery. The compact battery weighs just 7.6kg and is installed beneath the rear seats, minimising the impact on cabin space. It also supplies the vehicle’s 12V system through a DC/DC converter.

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U.S. Marine Corps orders more Amphibious Combat Vehicles from BAE Systems

BAE Systems has been awarded a $211 million firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract by the U.S. Marine Corps for more Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs) under the Marine Corps’ fourth order for full-rate production (FRP). In addition to vehicle production, the award covers procurement of 40 FRP ACV Personnel (ACV-P) variants, fielding and support costs, and support and test equipment.

The world’s most capable amphibious vehicle, the ACV 8×8 platform provides true open-ocean amphibious capability, land mobility, survivability, payload, and growth potential to accommodate the ever-evolving operational needs of the Marine Corps.

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UK Automotive welcomes plan to extend EV trade rules and calls for urgent adoption to avoid tariff cliff-edge

The UK automotive industry has welcomed the European Commission’s proposal to extend the current rules of origin for electric vehicle batteries under the Trade Cooperation Agreement (TCA) until 2027 – and urged every government to back it.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said extending the rules for three years would avoid a tariff cliff-edge in just 26 days’ time, allowing the UK and EU automotive industries to continue to sell EVs into each other’s markets without penalty.

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