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.

Friday – 23/10/2020

UK green tech manufacturer announces plans to create more jobs

An award-winning designer and manufacturer of renewable energy products has announced it will open a new product development, manufacturing and eco office space in North Lincolnshire, doubling its workforce in the process.

Myenergi says the plan is part of a larger strategy to establish themselves as the leading global manufacturer of green smart home tech, with the new premises expected to be completed by the end of 2021. — Read more via The Manufacturer

‘World class’ automation set to underpin town’s new ingredients production plant

An ingredients manufacturer is set to install a “world class” digital system in its new £41m global headquarters which is taking shape in Bury St Edmunds.

Treatt, which makes flavour, fragrance and consumer products, will employ more than 200 people at its new base, which includes a distillation and manufacturing plant. — Read more via East Anglian Daily Times

‘No deal’ tariffs would undermine Britain’s green recovery with £2,800 drain on electric car affordability, warns SMMT

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has again urged both the UK Government and EU to re-engage with vigour in the Brexit negotiation process, honouring the commitment to get a good deal done.

The message comes as new calculations illustrate the high stakes of ‘no deal’, not only for the automotive sector but for hopes of a green recovery from the coronavirus crisis. — Read more via SMMT

Aerospace Technology will help Jaguar Land Rover develop lightweight vehicles

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is taking part in pioneering research trials to test the capability of advanced lightweight metals and composites to be used in future vehicles.

As part of a two-year project, JLR will explore how the aerospace industry materials respond to corrosive environments, in global markets and over rigorous terrains. — Read more via The Manufacturer

How JCB went from a tiny lock-up garage to one of Britain’s biggest manufacturing successes and Staffordshire’s biggest employer

A nice success story to end today’s (and this week’s) manufacturing digest, which outlines how JCB — celebrating its 75th year in business — has gone from being a lock-up garage start-up to one of Britain’s most successful manufacturers. — Read more via Stoke-on-Trent Live

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Thursday – 22/10/2020

Government confirms new Fleet Solid Support Ships will be built in UK

Vital supply ships for the Royal Navy will be built in Britain, boosting UK industry and creating hundreds of jobs, the Defence Secretary announced today.

The competition to build the vessels was initially offered internationally, but following strong criticism from unions and MPs on all sides of the political spectrum, the eventual manufacturing team must now be led by a British company. — Read more via UK Defence Journal

British and European trade bodies call for UK Government and EU to return the negotiating table to avoid no deal Brexit

Make UK and CEEMET have issued a joint statement calling upon the UK Government and European Commission to return the negotiating table to avoid a no deal Brexit.

The statement highlights that businesses in the UK and Europe are united in the view that they are not and cannot be ready for the disruption of a no deal Brexit scenario. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Electric cars ‘as cheap to manufacture’ as regular models by 2024

Electric cars will cost the same to manufacture as conventional cars by 2024 and an acceleration in the shift away from fossil fuel vehicles may be imminent, new research suggests.

According to the analysis by investment bank UBS,  the extra cost of manufacturing battery electric cars vs. their fossil fuel counterparts will diminish to just £1,447 per car by 2022, and disappear completely by 2024. — Read more via The Guardian

City launches bid to become UK centre of future fuels

City and business leaders in Derby have launched a bid for the city to become the UK’s centre of excellence for future fuel technologies. Derby’s advanced manufacturing expertise will be utilised to revolutionise the way low-carbon energy is used to power businesses, transport and homes.

Those behind the plan say it will create new jobs, reduce energy costs for domestic and commercial customers, assist with UK energy security and support key pillars of Derby’s coronavirus economic recovery plan by diversifying the economy and decarbonising the city. — Read more via The Business Desk

Telford-based GKN Wheels & Structures set to be bought by German company

Engineering firm GKN has agreed to sell its Telford-based GKN Wheels & Structures arm to a German investment company. GKN Wheels & Structures, which employs hundreds of people at its plant at the Hadley Castle Works, will be sold to Aurelius for an undisclosed sum.

Aurelius says it will work with the existing GKN management team to continue delivering the company’s business plan. — Read more via Shropshire Star


Wednesday – 21/10/2020

Government launches Export Growth Plan

The UK Government has announced a package of measures to help businesses build back better following the coronavirus pandemic.

The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) new Export Growth Plan includes a £38m Internationalisation Fund for small businesses, which will help up to 7,600 SMEs in England grow their overseas trading and strengthen their business, as well as 64 new International Trade Advisors (ITAs). — Read more via The Manufacturer

Luton manufacturer set to expand after £350k MEIF investment

A Luton-based manufacturer of cutting equipment has secured a £350,000 investment to expand its product line and create new jobs.

Bright Instruments secured the finance from The FSE Group Debt Finance Fund, part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF). — Read more via Midlands Engine Investment Fund

Pace of digital transformation accelerates

As businesses strive to return to profitability, business leaders are relying on tech innovation to drive economic recovery.

Cliff Saran looks at how businesses, including manufacturing firms, are keen to adopt emerging technologies to rethink traditional business processes.  — Read more via Computer Weekly

UK firms granted extra 15 months for Brexit onshoring preparations

The FCA, Bank of England, and PRA have published updated rules for firms post-Brexit and intend to delay many (but not all) onshoring changes.

Read the full alert via JDSupra for full details

Airbus AlbatrossONE aircraft flaps its wings on successful demo flight

Airbus’ AlbatrossONE, which uses ‘flapping wingtips’ for increased efficiency, has reached a new milestone. The research team behind the innovative aircraft has achieved proof of concept through a ‘gate to gate’ demonstration, giving the idea the green light to be matured into a full-scale technology. — Read more via autoevolution


Tuesday – 20/10/2020

Government announces Innovate UK has up to £7m to invest in foundation industries

Foundation industries, such as the cement, glass, ceramics, paper, metals, and bulk chemical sectors, are vital for UK manufacturing, and are worth £52bn to the economy. However, they are responsible for 10% of UK CO2 emissions and consume lots of raw materials and energy.

In an attempt to combat this, the government has announced up to £7m of investment to support businesses carrying out innovative projects that aim to reduce resources and energy use in key industries. — Read more via GOV.UK

World-leading gear manufacturer wins offshore funding

Magnomatics, a leading Sheffield-based manufacturer of magnetic gear technology, has secured over £300,000 in grant funding as part of a £5m UK government grant to develop and supply innovative power electronics, machines and drives.

The funding will be used for the Winder project, which will de-risk technology required for the manufacture of large generators for offshore wind to the UK. — Read more via The Star

Arcinova announces major investment in Alnwick site with the installation of the R1000 capsule fill machine from 3P Innovation

Arcinova, a multi-service Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisation (CDMO) based in Alnwick, Northumberland, has recently taken delivery and commissioned the award-winning R1000 Robotic Capsule Filler from life-sciences automation company 3P innovation, as part of the ‘Fill-Inova’ project.

The R1000 Robotic Capsule Filler increases production to 1000 units per hour, while maintaining the same level of operator labor, and forms part of Arcinova’s multi-million pound investment in its Alnwick site. — Read more via UK Bioindustry Association

North Yorkshire chemical company launches its own sanitiser

Thirsk-based toll and contract manufacturer Cod Beck Blenders, which began producing hand sanitiser during lockdown on behalf of clients, has joined forces with infection prevention specialist Hampton Healthcare to launch the CoClens alcohol-based hand rub.

Cod Beck Blenders employs 100 staff at its purpose-built eight-acre site outside Thirsk and last year processed 27,000 tonnes of material for a wide range of uses. It is unclear whether the launch of the hand sanitiser will lead to the creation of new jobs. — Read more via Harrogate Informer

Manufacturing recovery outpaces services in September – Lloyds

The recovery of the UK manufacturing sector continued to outpace services for a seventh consecutive month in September, according to the latest Lloyds Bank UK Recovery Tracker.

However, while the UK remained ahead of the global benchmark for a third consecutive month, its lead over global counterparts narrowed. — Read more via Lloyds Banking Group


Monday – 19/10/2020

Scottish firm to manufacture the world’s first electric fire engine

A Scottish fire and rescue vehicle manufacturer says it is going to produce the world’s first fully-electric fire engine. Cumnock-based Emergency One made the announcement through its social media channels on Friday, saying it was the firm’s ‘innovative contribution towards a low-carbon economy’. — Read more via Cumnock Chronicle

Rolls-Royce: Unite Union members vote for strike action opposing planned Barnoldswick site offshore move

Unite Union members have voted resoundingly in favour of strike action in opposition to the planned move of the firm’s Barnoldswick, Lancashire site to Singapore.

Rolls-Royce first announced the plans in August this year, which will result in the loss of 350 local jobs. Union members at the site have now voted, with 94% in favour of industrial action. — Read more via Lancashire Telegraph

Albacom merger to create 20 skilled jobs

Dundee-based engineering firm Albacom is merging with battery specialist Genista Energy, a move that will create 20 skilled jobs in the next two years, as well as see the engineering and design manufacturing firm expand into renewables optimisation technology for a range of industry sectors.

Under the six-figure deal, Genista Energy will be the trading company in the new joint venture, with founder Graham Hall as managing director, while Albacom chief executive Jim Davidson will join the board of Genista as non-executive director. — Read more via The Courier

Business groups plea with Government for ‘vital’ Brexit deal

Groups representing 190,000 businesses and 7m workers have made an urgent plea for a trade deal to be agreed before the UK leaves the EU.

Industry leaders in sectors including automotive, aviation, chemicals, creative industries, farming, food and pharmaceuticals said they were united in calling for a quick agreement for the sake of jobs and livelihoods. — Read more via inews

MELD 3D prints ridiculously large 10′ diameter aluminum cylinder

In a milestone achievement, MELD Manufacturing, an innovative 3D printing specialist, has showed off the scalability of its open-air capabilities by printing a 10-foot (3.05 metre) diameter aluminium cylinder, using off the shelf aluminium.

The size of the component is being seen as a breakthrough for the metal additive manufacturing industry as a whole. — Read more via 3D Printing Media Network