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

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.

Wednesday – 15/07/2020

Huawei 5G kit must be removed from UK by 2027

The UK Government has banned telecommunications providers from purchasing Huawei hardware after 31 December. The government has also said that companies must remove any existing Huawei 5G kit from their networks by 2027.

The decision follows US sanctions, imposed because Washington claims Huawei poses a national security threat.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden told the House of Commons that the decision would delay the UK’s 5G rollout by about 12 months. — Read more via BBC News

British metalformers call for reverse job retention scheme

The Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM), a group representing some 200 companies from the metalforming sector, says the government has missed an opportunity in the Chancellor’s Summer Statement to spur economic growth and protect thousands of jobs by not implementing industry stimulus packages, as well as a reverse job retention scheme. — Read more via The Manufacturer

‘Boosting workforce’ led to 64% profit hike

Livingston electronics firm CB Technology says that increasing its workforce and investing in new equipment has fuelled double-digit percentage growth. Since 2015, turnover at the firm has more than trebled, resulting in the company growing to become the largest independent EMS business in Scotland. — Read more via The Herald

Manufacturers join forces and encourage growth

Two West Midlands-based manufacturers, robotic solutions provider Bauromat UK and electrical controls specialist PP Control & Automation, have announced a non-competing partnership to share skills and encourage industry growth under the #UKMfgUnite banner.

The companies will pool their complimentary skills and capabilities in a way that supports UK manufacturing and continues to build on the already existing industry fraternity. — Read more via Express & Star

Made Smarter gains traction as SMEs adopt digital tech

Four UK food manufacturers have secured support from the Made Smarter North West pilot, a scheme designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in north-west England take advantage of digital tools that can transform the way they work.

The Bury Black Pudding Company, from Bury; Flavourfresh Salads, from Southport; Lancashire Farm Dairies from Rochdale; and Nutree Life from Preston all stand to benefit from the scheme. — Read more via Food Manufacture

Skyrora opens rocket engine test complex expected to create over 170 jobs

Edinburgh-based space rocket company Skyrora has established a new Engine Test Complex, a development that will help the company create over 170 new technical jobs in manufacturing and operations in the area by 2030. — Read more via Skyrora


Tuesday – 14/07/2020

First of its kind Intelligent Factory to revolutionise combat aircraft production

A new BAE Systems facility in Lancashire is taking advantage of game-changing digital technologies to advance manufacturing on the UK’s next generation combat air system, Tempest.

At the new site in Warton, automated robots and virtual and augmented reality are being used to increase speed, precision and efficiencies, as well as reduce costs.

The factory also demonstrates a new way that humans and robots can work alongside each other. — Read more via The Manufacturer

UK is a European hub for innovation in 3D printing

Europe is a global hub for 3D printing innovation and the UK is second to only Germany in terms of number of patent applications filed, according to a new report from the European Patent Office (EPO).

Accounting for 5% of all patent applications received by the EPO, the UK shows a high degree of specialisation in additive manufacturing (3D printing) patenting with a Revealed Technological Advantage (RTA) index of 1.2, one of the highest of all European countries. — Read more via the EPO

UK agencies hasten moves to rebuild telecoms manufacturing

Four UK Government departments are considering spending millions to enable some of the country’s surviving telecoms engineering talent to rebuild a manufacturing capability.

The aim is to make the UK more resilient, especially as a U-turn on Huawei looks increasingly likely. — Read more via Capacity

Scottish biscuit firm wins UK supply deal

LANARK-based Border Biscuits has won a major UK-wide deal to supply supermarket giant Morrisons’ 182 stores. The deal comes after Border invested £1 million in its manufacturing plant, increasing capacity and enabling it to produce up to 500 chocolate biscuit bars per minute. — Read more via The Herald

Manufacturers ended the 1930s depression. We can do it again

In this piece, John Mills, founder and Chairman of JML, the consumer goods distribution company, outlines how the UK bounced back following the Great Depression, with manufacturing leading the recovery.

John argues that circumstances right now are not that different than they were then, and that the UK should adopt the same approach again.  — Read more via The Article


Monday – 13/07/2020

New state-of-the-art manufacturing centre could create thousands of jobs in the North

Plans have been unveiled for a new advanced manufacturing centre in Tees Valley, which would create as many as 9,000 permanent jobs in the region.

While it is not known what type of industries the 4.5m sqft manufacturing zone will house, the huge scheme could welcome its first tenants as soon as 2022. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Battery breakthrough makes lithium-ion tech 90% cheaper – and manufacturing is easy as ‘buttering toast’

A power pioneer has created a new kind of battery that is 90% cheaper to produce than standard lithium-ion units, and potentially much safer.

Hideaki Horie, formerly of Nissan Motor Co. and founder of Tokyo-based APB Corp., says the new construction used by his company is as easy as “buttering toast”.

The significantly simplified manufacturing process could be a breakthrough for both storage and electric vehicle applications. — Read more via The Independent

£40m to kick start next-gen nuclear technology

The UK government has announced £40m of funding to unlock thousands of green R&D and manufacturing jobs by developing the next generation of nuclear energy technology.

Three-quarters of the funding will be used to expedite the development of three AMR projects in Oxfordshire, Cheshire and Lancashire, driving them closer towards supplying low-carbon energy to the nation.

The remaining £10m will be invested into unlocking smaller research, design and manufacturing projects to create up to 200 jobs. — Read more via GOV.UK

Derbyshire aerospace engineering firm to almost halve workforce as aviation crisis deepens

A Derbyshire aerospace engineering firm, which manufactures airframe seals and reinforced components, has announced it will almost halve its workforce following a slump in orders caused by the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions says it is looking to make 60 roles redundant out of its total workforce of 137. — Read more via Business Live


Friday – 10/07/2020

Sheffield-based manufacturer signs five-year deal with Shell Hydrogen

Sheffield-based Chesterfield Special Cylinders (CSC) has signed a 5-year framework agreement with Shell Hydrogen to supply ultra-large hydrogen storage cylinders for use at refuelling stations across Europe.

The specialist hydrogen storage solution developed by CSC meets both European and US standards, making it the first standardised solution of its kind. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Schools encouraged to sign up to virtual manufacturing events

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2020 manufacturing initiative is transitioning online and is encouraging schoolkids to take advantage and learn more about the world of manufacturing.

Part of the offering is a competition for pupils to create a Sanistation; very relevant given the current interest in all things hygiene-related.

The competition forms part of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2020, an initiative designed to create more inspired, informed and ‘work ready’ applicants into the manufacturing industry. — Read more via FE News

Aston Martin celebrates milestone moment as first DBX drives off the production line

The first Aston Martin to be “Made in Wales” has been driven off the production line. Global deliveries of the Aston Martin DBX to commence later this month.

DBX signals a new era in Aston Martin’s pursuit to deliver luxury SUV versatility and indulgence, and sports car levels of dynamic performance. It’s a segment previously unexplored by the world-famous manufacturer. — Read more via Aston Martin

Urgent industry action needed given increasing reliance on IIoT

With a growing reliance on the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), a new report has warned about the potential threat to critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.

The report prioritises action by identifying key emerging risks, and gaps in capability for which the current pace of change in operational cybersecurity will not be sufficient. — Read more via The Manufacturer


Thursday – 09/07/2020

The manufacturing industry reacts to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Summer Statement

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his Summer Statement yesterday, which includes a ‘Plan for Jobs’ and other initiatives designed to help put the UK on the road to economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.

We outline the areas of the mini-Budget that will potentially impact the manufacturing industry and hear how the sector is reacting to the announcements. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Flogas Britain starts work on UK’s largest LPG storage facility

Flogas Britain, a leading leading liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supplier, has started work on what will become the UK’s largest LPG storage terminal, with the capacity to store 34,564 tonnes of LPG.

As part of a £40m investment, Flogas will convert a former National Grid LNG (liquefied natural gas) facility at Avonmouth, Bristol. The project will allow Flogas to significantly increase its LPG storage capacity, as well as improve the UK’s gas infrastructure and provide improved security of supply to commercial and residential customers nationwide.

The site is expected to be filled and operationally ready by Winter 2022. — Read more via Flogas

Hereford manufacturer invests £2m for future growth

NuMachine, a specialist machining company based in Hereford, has taken delivery of two new, state-of-the-art Mazak CNC machines, which form part of a wider investment in the company’s future worth close to £2m.

The firm, which employs 27 people, will take delivery of several more machines in the coming weeks, as it looks to add to its capabilities and manufacture more complex parts for the aerospace, automotive, medical and technology industries.

Going forward, NuMachine will be able to produce components up to 3m in length by 1m in width, as well as make parts at much greater volume. — Read more via The Business Desk

Lotus Cars announces new jobs in factory merger

Lotus Cars has announced an all-new manufacturing facility in Norwich, which will bring the firm’s sub-assembly and chassis manufacturing together into one operation.

As part of the plan, Lotus Cars’ steel fabrication facility in Norwich and its lightweight structures  facility in Worcester will be brought together in to one new, larger facility at Hurricane Way in Norwich.

The investment from Lotus will create up to 125 new jobs, further demonstrating the firm’s commitment to Norwich and Norfolk, the UK’s centre of excellence in low volume, high tech manufacture. — Read more via BBC News

Tesla leads UK’s 150% increase in electric car sales

The UK electric car market is surging  despite the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic  with Tesla leading the way in terms of sales.

In fact, auto sales were so low in April and May that Tesla’s Model 3 took the best-selling spot overall both months.

So far this year, electric car sales in the UK have increased by 158%. — Read more via electrek


Wednesday – 08/07/2020

Manufacturing sector paid out 62% of total ransomware payments in 2019

The manufacturing sector spent $6.9m (c. £5.5m) on ransomware payments last year, more than any other industry, according to a new report. The sector accounted for 62% of the more than $11m (£8.76m) spent in total on ransoms to cyber criminals in 2019.

Interestingly, 67% of paid ransomware attacks against manufacturing organisations were conducted via one piece of crypto-ransomware called Ryuk. – Read more via Kivu Consulting

From virus to vaccine: Leveraging the UK’s strong science base

The UK is better placed than many nations to help with the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. This is mainly thanks to its established tools, technologies and expertise, as well as educational excellence.

The only challenge is to help the range of different organisations, educational establishments and innovative bodies from across the supply chain work together as effectively and efficiently as possible. – Read more via The Manufacturer

Two manufacturers reach new agreement to electrify the UK’s railways

Hitachi Rail and engineering company Hyperdrive Innovation have signed an agreement to help accelerate the electrification of the UK’s rail fleet.

The two manufacturers will collaborate to develop battery packs that can be mass produced to provide emissionless power to UK trains. – Read more via The Manufacturer

Mars Wrigley AU boosts manufacturing capability to meet new product demand

Mars Wrigley Australia is bolstering its local manufacturing capability by investing in new technologies for its chocolate factory in Ballarat, Victoria.

The investment, estimated to be worth over $300,000 (£165,000) will enable Mars Wrigley to produce M&M’s Pretzel locally, bringing the treat to Australia for the first time.

The latest equipment investment by Mars Wrigley Australia is part of a broader $37m (£20m) plan  the firm committed to in 2020. – Read more via Food & Beverage

DHL to cut 2,200 jobs at JLR plants

As much as 40% of DHL Supply Chain’s staff could be made redundant after the courier firm said about 2,200 jobs supplying Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) manufacturing plants in the UK are at risk.

DHL Supply Chain has said that while the redundancies are regrettable, it will look to redeploy staff wherever possible.

The agency workers at risk are employed at JLR plants in Castle Bromwich, Ellesmere Port, Halewood, Hams Hall, Midpoint, Solihull and Tyrefort. – Read more via BBC News