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

Posted on 19 Jan 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.

Aurrigo International starts autonomous baggage handling programme in Ohio

Aurrigo International has started its programme with International Airlines Group (IAG) at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) for the deployment and demonstration of its autonomous baggage tractor, Auto-DollyTug.

To mark the start of the partnership, the parties gathered at CVG, a leading airport in autonomous technology. “This relationship is an important milestone for us as it will be our first aviation operation in the US – a key target market. This year we will have our autonomous vehicles operating at airports in the UK, Europe, Asia and now the US, showing the clear demand there is in the aviation sector for our technology,” said Aurrigo CEO, Professor David Keene.

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Tata Steel to shut down Port Talbot blast furnaces, putting 3,000 jobs at risk

The owners of Port Talbot steelworks have rejected a trade union plan designed to keep its blast furnaces running, putting nearly 3,000 jobs at risk and leaving the UK on course to become the only major economy unable to make steel from scratch.

Read more via The Guardian

Why manufacturing needs to double down on energy management in 2024

The outlook has not been promising but then manufacturing has faced some of the most challenging trading conditions for decades. David Bean, Solutions Group Manager at Mitsubishi Electric Automation Systems Division explains.

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CCEP launches new project to find solutions to water scarcity

CCEP Ventures, the innovation arm of Coca Cola Europacific Partners, is partnering with venture building firm Deep Science Ventures to identify water specialists and entrepreneurs capable of developing and scaling novel technologies to tackle water stress.

Read more via Coca Cola EP

Plant overhaul results in significant production improvements for St Gobain

The overhaul of an entire plant design and production line at Saint Gobain has resulted in increased capacity, the modernisation of an older production line design, speedier materials handling and reduced energy consumption.

Saint Gobain is a worldwide leader in light and sustainable construction materials. Since 1984, its Reynosa factory in Mexico has been involved in the manufacture and sale of solid and non-woven fibre abrasives (such as abrasive pads and wheels).

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Great Tommy Sleep Out announces BAE Systems as headline sponsor

BAE Systems has announced its sponsorship of £30,000 to the Royal British Legion Industries’ (RBLI) annual flagship fundraising campaign, ‘The Great Tommy Sleep Out’.

The Great Tommy Sleep Out takes place in March and challenges individuals, groups and communities across the UK to brave a cold and potentially wet night to sleep out under the stars. The aim is to raise awareness and funds for the estimated 6,000 homeless veterans in the UK who face nights out exposed to the elements on a daily basis.

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars opens application window for 2024 apprenticeship programme

Applications for the 2024 Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship Programme are now open, the company has confirmed today. Part of the Rolls-Royce Future Talent programme, which also includes Internships and Graduate Placements, the Apprenticeship scheme has run every year since 2006 and is one of the most respected and prestigious of its kind in the UK.

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Dyson manages succession

Dyson announces a leadership succession plan for the next chapter of the company’s growth.

Roland Krueger, Chief Executive Officer of Dyson for the past four years, will be appointed to a new Board role of Dyson Holdings, effective February 2024.

Hanno Kirner will join Dyson and will be appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Dyson, effective February 2024.

Read more via Dyson