Daily Manufacturing News Digest – the industry stories you should be aware of today – 5 December

Posted on 5 Dec 2022 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.

Monday 05/12/2022

Cyber crime threatens manufacturing production

Nearly half of Britain’s manufacturers (42%) have been a victim of cyber crime over the last 12 months according to new research, Cyber Security: UK manufacturing, published today by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation and intelligent security software and services provider, BlackBerry. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Pfizer to invest more than $2.5bn to expand European manufacturing

Pfizer Inc is investing more than $2.5bn at its drug making plants in Belgium and Ireland, gearing up to launch new products it hopes can replace lost revenue as patents expire and COVID-19 vaccine sales decline.

The drugmaker said on Friday it plans to spend more than 1.2 billion euros ($1.26bn) to expand its Puurs, Belgium, manufacturing site, matching the investment at its Dublin, Ireland, plant announced on Thursday. — Read more via London South East

New green project aims to boost zero-emission shipbuilding in Scotland

Marine engineers Ecomar Propulsion, and the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), operated by the University of Strathclyde, have kicked off a research and development (R&D) project aimed at bringing the manufacture of key parts used in zero-emissions electric boats to the UK.

Funded by the Scottish Inward Investment Catalyst Fund, the project seeks to bring production to Scotland to overcome a global supply chain shortage of electric outboard motors, which are currently made in Japan. — Read more via offshore-energy.biz

Suffolk now home to Europe’s largest rice cooker

The UK’s leading producer of authentic Japanese sushi, ichiban, has invested in Europe’s largest rice cooker with the support of a seven-figure loan provided by Lloyds Bank.

Stowmarket-headquartered Ichiban has used the £1m funding package to purchase a state-of-the-art commercial rice cooker that will enable the business to cook the rice needed for its sushi more quickly, efficiently, and sustainably. The new kit can cook 300 kilograms of rice every hour and produces perfectly cooked rice that further improves the quality of the product. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Government minister visits leading UK manufacturer to discuss trade opportunities

A global manufacturer and distributor recently welcomed a government minister to its UK headquarters in Leicestershire for a production and trade focused visit.

Kemi Badenoch MP, secretary of state for international trade, visited COBA Group, which specialises in the manufacture of thermoplastic products, at its production facility in Fleckney where more than a million products are manufactured each day. — Read more via BDaily News

Tesco Exchange to help suppliers reduce food waste

British supermarket giant Tesco has created Tesco Exchange to help more than 3,500 suppliers cut down production costs and reduce food waste.

Tesco Exchange is an online marketplace that matches suppliers who have surplus stock with other Tesco suppliers that need it. Tesco has said that it expects that savings in production cost will also benefit customers. — Read more via New Food

Ricardo supports Toyota to develop its first UK-based hydrogen light commercial vehicle

Ricardo, a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, is supporting Toyota, in partnership with the APC, on a significant, multi-year project to develop its first zero emission light commercial hydrogen vehicle in the UK. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Friday 02/12/2022

UK Manufacturing PMI: Industry downturn continues amid low demand, high costs

The manufacturing industry contracted further in November, as firms witnessed their output fall amid low demand and high costs, according to the latest S&P Global / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI®.

Despite edging up slightly from 46.2 in October, November’s PMI figure of 46.5 is still in contraction territory, the four month in a row that the sector has remained below the neutral 50.0 mark and one of its lowest levels during the past 14 years. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Bridging the skills gap between university and industry

BCS’ Director of External Affairs, Adam Thilthorpe, recently chaired a discussion on how to bridge the skill gap between university and industry – and just what can be done to produce graduates who are ‘job ready’.

The roundtable explored many key questions including: What skills do employers need that appear to be in short supply within the graduate talent pool? What are the challenges for lecturers in delivering these skills, and what is the graduate perspective? — Read more via BCS

Ford accelerates electric car production with UK Government support

Ford has doubled down on its commitment to the UK as its European hub for electric vehicle powertrain production, thanks to £600 million of backing from UK Export Finance, supporting high-skill manufacturing jobs.

The investment is part of government’s plans to put the UK at the forefront of electric car development in Europe as the country transitions to net zero.

Ford has received support from UKEF through its Export Development Guarantee (EDG) scheme, which will turbo-charge Ford’s transition towards electrification, expand its manufacturing and export capacity and support continued investment in the UK. — Read more via GOV UK

Apollo Forum hack unlocks industry’s value chain impact

The Apollo Forum launched its first hack event at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), focussing on aligning the value chain across different sectors to explore digital twin opportunities.

The Value Hack investigated one of the four key themes outlined in the Apollo Protocol white paper, and was held at the AMRC’s flagship Factory 2050 facility in Sheffield, attracting professionals working in the field of digital twins or broader information management problems across the manufacturing and built-environment sectors. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Pfizer plots €1.2bn investment—and up to 500 new jobs—at Irish manufacturing plant

A little more than a month after rumors surfaced that Pfizer was plotting a blockbuster investment in Ireland, the company has formally declared its plans—and they’re bigger than expected.

Thursday, Pfizer confirmed over email that it’s plugging 1.2 billion euros into its manufacturing site at Grange Castle in Dublin, where the Big Pharma also plans to add between 400 and 500 new jobs by 2027. — Read more via Fierce Pharma

UK fertiliser manufacturer teams up with German company at Sunderland

A British manufacturer of liquid fertilisers has teamed up with German company to ensure that the United Kingdom maintains security of supply for nitrogen fertilisers at a time of international uncertainty in food markets.

Brineflow is currently commissioning Phase Two of one of Europe’s largest deep-water liquid fertiliser terminals at Port of Sunderland and, with a sister import terminal at Great Yarmouth, can supply farmers covering 90per cent of British crop producing areas. — Read more via The Northern Echo

Aerospace manufacturer launches into greener future with solar investment

A North Warwickshire manufacturer of precision-engineered aerospace components is reducing its emissions and energy usage with the installation of 13,000 sq. ft. of solar panels, supported by funding from Lloyds Bank.

As part of its plans to increase its green credentials, ANT Industries will install solar panels capable of producing 120 kilowatts of electricity each hour at its third and newest factory in Atherstone. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Audi UK achieves 100% Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation across entire network

Audi UK is once again proving it wants to be the leading provider of sustainable mobility, this time by receiving the Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation. This marks the first car manufacturer in the UK to receive such an accreditation across 100% of its entire network of 113 centers, despite having one of the biggest retail networks in the UK.

Audi’s achievement is a reflection of the company being at the forefront of electric car development, and the EVA accreditation is a clear display of electric vehicle knowledge across all sectors of the automotive retail market. — Read more via Clean Technica

Thursday 01/12/2022

CPI opens world-leading Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Scotland to raise the bar in pharma manufacturing

CPI has opened its Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre facility in Glasgow City Region, Scotland.

The £88m Centre is bringing world-leading science and technology expertise under one roof to help accelerate state-of-the-art solutions to some of the biggest challenges in medicines development and manufacturing. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Britain is little better prepared for future pandemics – Former UK vaccine chief

Britain is only marginally better prepared for another pandemic than it was for COVID-19, the former head of Britain’s vaccine taskforce said on Wednesday, criticising how some structures that helped it emerge from the pandemic had been dismantled.

Britain has one of the highest coronavirus death tolls in the world with more than 177,000 deaths, although its rapid procurement and deployment of vaccines helped the government lift lockdown restrictions sooner than some others. — Read more via Reuters

Schneider Electric Leeds investment a boost for the Northern Technology Sector

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has completed the transformation of its Leeds site into a smart factory, complimented by a new state-of the art Innovation Hub – the first of its kind in the UK.

The Leeds manufacturing facility is a key site for Schneider Electric in the UK, employing 550 people. It produces low and medium voltage electrical infrastructure products and has grown significantly in recent years due to rising demand from the energy transition. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Specialist chemical manufacturer achieves “world-first” following NPIF investment

Knowsley based specialist chemical manufacturer SolidTek is celebrating a spate of award wins, after becoming the first company globally to achieve NSF International CIAS certification (formally known as “Build Cert”) for its solid chemical inhibitor.

It is also the first in the world to achieve ISO:14001 for its environmental management system for its solid chemical products. SolidTek manufactures “innovative” products for water treatment, which includes its solid paste chemicals and the UK’s “most environmentally friendly chemical system”. — Read more via Bdaily News

UK drops funding of future Type 32 Frigate and Multirole Support Ships, for now

The UK Royal Navy command formally “withdrew” an equipment plan to fund and develop its nascent Type 32 Frigates and Multirole Support Ships (MRSS) judging them to be “unaffordable,” a National Audit Office report has revealed, at least for now.

The decision was made in July 2022, but only made public on Tuesday upon release of the watchdog’s “Defence Equipment Plan 2022-2032” document. The annual report reviews the MoD’s long-term financial planning by examining procurement, infrastructure and operational costs — in some ways similar to the US Government Accountability Office. — Read more via Breaking Defense

Wednesday 30/11/2022

Manufacturers looking to ‘North Star’ leaders who are more ‘human’ and ‘holistic’ – Make UK/Rockwell survey

Britain’s manufacturing companies are looking for the next generation of leaders to be more human, with better motivational and communication skills and, the ability to connect with employees and take a more holistic view of the business, according to a survey published today by Make UK and Rockwell. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Global aircraft orders rise again in October as recovery continues

Global aircraft orders in October increased compared to previous months, new data from industry trade body ADS Group reveals.

The 299 aircraft ordered is the most for the month since 2019.

For the full year to date, aircraft orders are now the largest for the first 10 months of the year since 2014. Single-aisle aircraft continue to dominate both the order book and recovery, accounting for 90% of orders placed so far in 2022. — Read more via Production Engineering Solutions

Major nuclear manufacturing site to open in Wales creating 200 jobs

A French company will bring 200 jobs to Wales when it opens its first major nuclear production facility in the UK. Industrial giant Boccard, which is headquartered in Lyon, has unveiled the new facility at Broughton in Flintshire.

The engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance company is expanding its nuclear business in the UK and said it wanted to be based in Broughton because it is a “growing focal point for the nuclear industries”. It hopes to take advantage of the highly-skilled labour pool on their doorstep, the company added. — Read more via Cymru Online

ITP Aero joins AMRC

ITP Aero, has become a member of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), recognising its excellence in developing new products and processes, and training new talent and skills.

As the world’s ninth largest engine manufacturer and a founding member of the Clean Aviation programme, ITP Aero has positioned itself as one of the driving forces behind the pursuit of more sustainable solutions, aimed at developing ultra-efficient engines, as well as laying the foundations for hybrid-electric and hydrogen-based propulsion systems. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Catalent suspends Oxford unit for vaccines

An American drugs company has suspended construction of the British government-backed Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre near Oxford less than eight months after acquiring the site.

Catalent is cutting and delaying some of its projects after a profit warning and a slump in its share price this month and amid an expected slowdown in Covid-19 product revenues. — Read more via The Times

Honeywell and Environ intend to advance plastics circularity in Egypt through MOU

Honeywell has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Egypt’s Environ Adapt for Recycling Industries with the aim of advancing plastics recycling in the country.

The two organizations will explore the development of the first chemical recycling facility in Egypt that would be equipped with Honeywell’s advanced technology, capable of converting waste plastic into valuable recycled polymer feedstock (RPF). — Read more via The Manufacturer

Best friends who set out to revive British manufacturing open store in Market Harborough

Best friends who set out on a mission to create the perfect black leggings have opened their first store in Harborough.

Shirley Yanez and Holly Hollingworth built their fashion label, Venus Cow, from a £300 government grant in 2012.

The brand was founded when the women – who are also sister in laws – returned to the UK from Los Angeles after divorcing their husbands, two brothers. — Read more via Harborough Mail

Tuesday 29/11/2022

Miss Macaroon seals ‘sweet’ deal with Selfridges

One of Birmingham’s leading social enterprises has sealed a new deal with a high street retailer.

Miss Macaroon, which has made nearly 3 million macaroons for global brands, royalty and a host of celebrities, is now being sold in Selfridges’ Birmingham store after buyers saw posts on the company’s Instagram account. — Read more via The Manufacturer

‘Unsung hero’ at manufacturing company ranked among best in the country

An ‘unsung hero’ at a manufacturing company has been crowned among the best in the UK manufacturing industry.

Chris Cassidy, a Quality Assurance Technician at BMP, was named in The Manufacturer Top 100 2022, a showcase of those who go the extra mile.

Chris, who has been with the Altham business for two years, was nominated in the ‘Unsung Hero’ category due to the knowledge and support he has shown since being at BMP. — Read more via Yahoo! News

New recyclable packaging for HMG Paints

HMG Paints, the UK’s leading independent paint manufacturer, has unveiled new packaging for its Water Based range of products.

The new packaging utilises recycled content to manufacture the containers and the process and materials used also means the final container can be recycled. The new range of 2.5 Litre and 5 Litre packaging will launch at the beginning of 2023. — Read more via The Manufacturer

West Yorkshire manufacturer celebrates 150 years with multi-million pound investment

Keighley based Stell Cardboard Tubes is celebrating turning 150 with a full modernisation and resilience building strategy and investment worth £2m.

Stell, which is one of the UK’s largest cardboard core and tube manufacturers and is relied on by companies to keep their manufacturing operations moving, is marking its anniversary milestone with a full modernisation programme. — Read more via Bdaily News

Nuclear Energy: Broughton manufacturing site to create 200 jobs

A new manufacturing site in Flintshire providing equipment for the nuclear industry could create up to 200 jobs.

The 10,000 square metre Boccard UK factory will be officially opened on Tuesday 29 November.

It is the company’s first major nuclear production facility in the UK. — Read more via BBC News

First Light Fusion targets 60 MW pilot plant to accelerate tritium production

First Light Fusion, the Oxford-based fusion pioneer, has announced a new technical partnership aimed at rapidly advancing towards a new pilot plant based on its unique projectile fusion technology, while addressing the need for tritium harvesting. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Monday 28/11/2022

Jaguar Land Rover Cuts UK Production on Chip Shortages

Jaguar Land Rover is reducing vehicle output in the UK through March, as the carmaker prioritizes making higher-margin models because of semiconductor shortages, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The loss-making manufacturer, owned by India’s Tata Motors Ltd., will cut production of the Range Rover Velar and Jaguar F-Pace models that are made in Solihull, while ramping up output of its most lucrative models, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, the person said asking not to be identified discussing operational issues. — Read more via Bloomberg

Manufacturing Growth Programme supports winner of ‘Aldi’s Next Big Thing’ to boost production capacity

A family-run Hertfordshire business has sealed a major supermarket deal after impressing buyers during a primetime Channel 4 TV show.

The Greek Farmer, which was started by Tony Charalambides when he moved into Langley Hill Farm in Hitchin, will supply over 15,000 packs of its cured meat to Aldi stores in the UK after it impressed on ‘Aldi’s Next Big Thing’ due to be aired later this year.

Faced with a massive surge of orders, the business turned to the Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) for grants that would help it part-fund new packing machinery and a meat preparation area – critical if it was going to meet the retailer’s lead times. — Read more via The Manufacturer

UK car production output returns to growth in October

UK car production returned to growth in October, rising 7.4% to 69,524 units, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The rise followed September’s fall, which came after four consecutive months of growth, illustrating how supply chain turbulence, in particular global chip shortages, continues to affect UK car manufacturers. — Read more via SMMT

Britishvolt scraps plan for second factory in Canada

Battery startup Britishvolt has formally abandoned a long-shot plan to build a second factory in Canada, as it focuses on securing new funding for its struggling UK project.

Despite the ambitious scope of its UK plans, the company also had broader ambitions, including a nascent effort to build an even bigger 60GWh plant in Quebec. Now, it seems as though those plans will likely not materialise— Read more via The Guardian

Sustainable inventions win scale-up funding boost

Eight cutting-edge technologies, with the potential to save energy, maximise resource efficiency and cut carbon emissions, have won funding for UK industry trials.

These winners are the third phase of the BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) programme, which helps innovators scale up technology for industrial use.

Phase 3 winners range from a company recovering heat as part of the brewing beer process to another resurfacing roads by recycling old road surfaces in situ. — Read more via The Manufacturer

UK government bans new Chinese security cameras

Government departments have been told to stop installing surveillance cameras made by Chinese companies on “sensitive sites” because of security concerns.

The new policy applies to “visual surveillance systems” made by firms required by Chinese law to co-operate with Beijing’s security services.

The government announced the move amid concerns among MPs about the use of such equipment.

Officials have been told to consider removing existing equipment entirely. — Read more via BBC News

The Manufacturer Podcast – Celebrating sustainable excellence

In this episode of The Manufacturer Podcast, sustainable excellence is celebrated and green transport eco-systems are discussed.

We have snippets from a wonderful night at The Manufacturer MX Awards, where bottle manufacturers Encirc were crowned the 2022 winners of the Sustainable Manufacturing category. Hear what category judge Alison Beard-Gunter, of Thermo Fisher had to say following the announcement of the winners. There’s also an interview from The Manufacturer Studio at Smart Factory Expo, Brian Riley, Digital Technical Lead at OX Delivers, talks about the work his company are doing to develop clean transport eco-systems in developing countries. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Friday 25/11/2022

Output volumes rise, but decline expected to resume next quarter – CBI Industrial Trends Survey

UK manufacturers reported a rise in output in the three months to November, the first increase since the three months to July 2022, according to the CBI’s latest Industrial Trends Survey. However, production is expected to decline in the next quarter.

The survey found that while stocks remained broadly adequate, total order books and export order books were reported as below normal. Selling price inflation is expected to remain historically high in the next three months (though below the record high reached earlier this year). — Read more via CBI

Works begin at Ayrshire’s new manufacturing innovation centre

The development of Ayrshire’s new Digital Process Manufacturing Centre (DPMC), part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), hit a major milestone this week with its half a million-pound refurbishment kicking off.

Last month, Paisley headquartered Clark Contracts was awarded the refurbishment contract for the centre, which is a partnership between the University of Strathclyde as the operator of NMIS, North Ayrshire Council and CPI.

Located at the Booth Welsh manufacturing space at i3 in Irvine, the DPMC aims to accelerate the adoption of digital technology for process industry manufacturers to help cut energy costs and achieve net zero by becoming more aware, predictive, and productive. — Read more via The Manufacturer

MTC Training to offer out of this world courses

MTC Training – the training arm of the Manufacturing Technology Centre – is launching new apprenticeship and training courses to support the UK’s rapidly growing space sector.

The suite of industry-leading courses will include a new Level 4 space technician apprenticeship, a graduate development programme and a series of courses to upskill space engineers. — Read more via The Manufacturer

UK car production rebounds after September slump

The UK’s automotive manufacturing industry has recovered from its September decline, according to new data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

A total of 69,524 cars left UK factories in October, a 7.4% improvement on the figure of 64,729 recorded in the same month last year.

It is also a 10.1% rise on the 63,125 units produced during September 2022, itself a 6.0% shortfall compared with September 2021’s 67,173 cars. This drop followed a run of four consecutive months of growth. — Read more via Autocar

Hundreds of jobs at risk at Billingham’s Mitsubishi chemical plant

More than 200 jobs are at risk after a chemical company announced plans to end production on Teesside.

Mitsubishi Chemical UK said it had begun a consultation with workers at its plant in Billingham.

It added “rapidly escalating” gas prices, a downturn in the European economy caused by inflation and weaker demand meant UK manufacturing was no longer viable.

A final decision is expected to be made in January. — Read more via BBC News

MilDef establishes its first production facility outside Sweden, at historic RAF air base in Wales

MilDef has opened a manufacturing facility at the Bro Tathan business park near Cardiff, Wales. The new facility manufactures MilDef’s tactical IT platform for the £25 million RBSL contract won in 2020, as well as providing a non-EU platform for global sales of MilDef’s products. — Read more via MilDef

Record year for ‘enterprising’ Lesters helps it land major UK Packaging Award

A 120% surge in sales and the completion of a £7m investment drive has helped a Staffordshire large packaging specialist land one of the sector’s biggest awards.

Lesters, which has also increased its workforce by 30% in the last 12 months, was named as the Entrepreneurial Business of the Year at the UK Packaging Awards, beating off competition from six other high-class finalists in the process. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Thursday 24/11/2022

New Agility Assessment report reveals manufacturers are investing their way out of recruitment and supply chain woes

A new report has revealed how manufacturers believe their agility has fallen over the last 12 months, as firms continue to be significantly impacted by recruitment challenges and supply chain disruption. Nevertheless, there is some positive news in that many manufacturing organisations are continuing to invest in their products, people, premises and processes.

The 2022 Manufacturing Agility Assessment, which was launched on day one of Smart Factory Expo in Liverpool and is the second iteration in the agility assessment series, painted a worrying picture of labour shortages and supply chain disruption, with 55% saying they have been significantly impacted when it comes to recruitment in the last year and 69% citing issues with sourcing material and components. — Read more via The Manufacturer

UK secures £1.84bn investment for ESA programmes with support for Earth Observation sector

The UK government has committed £1.84bn for important space programmes at this year’s European Space Agency Council of Ministers meeting, held in Paris

The investment will cover a range of programmes, from space sustainability to supporting the UK-built Rosalind Franklin Mars Rover.

Up to £200m has also been committed to support the Earth observation sector as the EU continues to delay association to the Copernicus programme. — Read more via GOV UK

UK manufacturing witnesses sharpest fall in new orders since January 2021 as cost of living pressures continue to hit the economy

UK private sector firms signalled another reduction in business activity during November, which stretched the current period of decline to four months. New orders
meanwhile decreased at the fastest pace for almost two years as squeezed client budgets continued to hit demand in both the manufacturing and service sectors. — Read more via S&P Global

Data tech adoption driving SME manufacturers’ growth ambitions

SME manufacturers in the North West are using data and system integration technology as the driving force behind their digital transformation and growth ambitions, new analysis from Made Smarter reveals.

More than half (159) of the 275 technology projects supported by Made Smarter’s North West adoption programme focussed on digital technologies which connect disparate systems and unify data residing in different sources. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Johnson Matthey to axe 15% of senior management

Johnson Matthey is planning to cut up to 15 per cent of senior management jobs, as the FTSE 250 manufacturer aims to reduce costs because of soaring inflation and energy prices.

Chief executive Liam Condon said he was planning the cuts as part of plans to simplify the organisation and achieve £150m in annual savings. — Read more via Financial Times

Siemens graduates collaborate with CORE engineers to create geolocation lighting system

Siemens graduate engineers have collaborated with CORE Lighting Limited, UK’s leading wireless lighting solutions company, to develop an innovative geolocation lighting system.

These were used as part of the Green Space Dark Skies project and were seen illuminating many skylines across the UK and were featured in 20 events between April and September 2022

The Geolights have been hailed as something that could change the approach to event lighting in future – with added benefits such as being sustainable and lightweight. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Wednesday 23/11/2022

BAE Systems and Digital Catapult strengthen ongoing partnership with new supply chain project

BAE Systems and Digital Catapult are collaborating to boost understanding of how digital technologies can deliver benefits to BAE Systems’ supply chain operation.

A significant amount of BAE Systems’ business is delivered by its supply chain, and through the introduction of digital technology there is a huge opportunity to decrease risk, reduce time to market and improve quality through a more collaborative approach and improved visibility. — Read more via The Manufacturer

PepsiCo UK launches new green logistics initiatives

PepsiCo UK has announced a series of new innovations across our logistics operation, which are set to lead to a 1,200-tonne reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year across our UK supply chain once fully rolled-out.

Starting this month, PepsiCo will power more than one million miles of truck journeys in the UK each year with used cooking oil. Working with its haulage partner, Pollock (Scotrans) Ltd, the Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO) will replace diesel and will be used on trucks travelling between the Quaker Oat mill in Cupar and Leicester, the home of Walkers. Every mile powered by HVO will have 80% less GHG emissions when compared with conventional diesel. — Read more via PepsiCo UK

Ericsson in multi-million GBP 6G research program investment in the UK

Ericsson is to establish a new research unit in the UK as part of a multi-million-pound investment to boost the country’s future wireless connectivity capabilities.

Tens of millions of pounds (GBP) will be invested by Ericsson over the next 10 years in a UK-based program that will focus on 6G research and breakthrough innovations. Research areas will include network resilience and security, artificial intelligence, cognitive networks and energy efficiency – all considered to be key building blocks of the world’s future digital infrastructure for society, industries and consumers. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Data science to help UK manufacturers save and boost productivity

Digital tools to help UK manufacturers cut energy bills, boost productivity and become more competitive have been launched.

Harnessing the power of data science, the AMRC Data Cloud will open up access to world-leading machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities at a fraction of the cost to unleash a new wave of innovation in industrial processes.

The EyUp Data Science Academy will supply the skills and knowledge to make the most of these powerful new applications. — Read more via Production Engineering Solutions

Vaillant unveils new UK heat pump manufacturing capacity

Vaillant has unveiled a new multi-million-pound heat pump production line at its headquarters in Belper, Derbyshire.

The new line was officially opened by John Forkin, MBE, MD of Marketing Derby, joined by Pauline Latham, MP for Mid Derbyshire.

Vaillant has been producing heat pumps for the UK market since the early 2000s. This £4m investment in the Belper plant follows a £55 million investment in the company’s research and development facility in Remscheid in 2018. — Read more via HVP Magazine

50 and out as Bill Graham retires from Alloy Wire International

The ever-present in Alloy Wire International’s growth has decided to call it a day after clocking up more than five decades of service.

Bill Graham will retire this month after what has been a roller-coaster career with the world’s leading manufacturer of round, flat and profile wire, a career that saw him start as a maintenance engineer before leading an MBO, overseeing a sale and then bringing the company back into his ownership. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Tuesday 22/11/2022

Pride of Dorset: Four Parvalux staff achieve recognition as Top 100 manufacturing stars

Four staff at a Bournemouth company have been recognised as Top 100 stars within the UK’s manufacturing industry.

All work for Parvalux, the UK’s largest manufacturer of fractional horsepower electric motors.

Lewis Bowles, Business Development Engineer; Carl Fudge, Junior Production Engineer, and Vladislavs Dunders, Warranty Engineer, were all recognised as Young Pioneers in The Manufacturer Top 100. — Read more via Dorset Biz News

PTC to acquire leading SaaS Field Service Management Provider ServiceMax

PTC has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ServiceMax for approximately $1.46 billion in cash on a debt-free, cash-free basis from an entity majority owned by Silver Lake.

ServiceMax is a recognised leader in cloud-native, product-centric field service management (FSM) software, with the acquisition expected to strengthen PTC’s closed-loop product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings by extending the digital thread of product information into downstream enterprise asset management (EAM) and FSM capabilities. — Read more via The Manufacturer

UK food and drink manufacturing reports slowest fall in demand

The UK food and drink manufacturing sector saw the slowest fall of demand of any manufacturing sector in October, according to a new report from Lloyds Bank. — Read more via Food Manufacture

UK firm holding double the stock amidst ‘inventory crisis’

New industry data reveals that manufacturers are holding double the amount of stock compared to pre-pandemic levels as the world’s supply chain woes take on a new form.

Unleashed’s Manufacturers Health Check report used data from its inventory management software to track how SMEs in the UK have fared in 2022. The report shows businesses forced to stockpile huge quantities of goods as they navigate delays and shortages, against a background of rising inflation. — Read more via Business Leader

GKN to open Texas additive-manufacturing development site

GKN Aerospace plans in 2023 to open a new site in Texas where it will develop additive-manufacturing processes for producing “large-scale” titanium aerostructures.

The UK company is moving existing additive-manufacturing development work from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to the new facility, in Fort Worth, Texas, GKN says on 21 November. — Read more via Flight Global

Blackburn toilet paper manufacturer announces it will pay staff living wage

Blackburn-based Accrol Papers have announced the firm will pay their staff the Real Living wage.

There are over 11,000 accredited Living Wage employers in the UK, with 128 of these being based in the county.

The company said it will also become the only accredited Living Wage manufacturer based in the South Ribble. It says it will be only tissue manufacturer in the UK to be a Living Wage employer. — Read more via Yahoo! Finance

Monday 21/11/2022

Manufacturing reacts to the Autumn budget 2022

Jeremy Hunt delivered the country’s latest Autumn budget last week. He stressed the country’s “genius for innovation” and that three of the top ten global universities are in Britain. Hunt added that the UK now “needs to be better at turning world class innovation into world class companies. I want to combine our technology and science brilliance with our formidable financial services to turn Britain into the next Silicon Valley.”

He announced that he has also asked the Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance to lead “new work on how we should change regulation to better support safe and fast introduction of new emerging technologies.” The Manufacturer gauges the reaction from the sector. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Heavy manufacturers fear of insolvency

Close to one in five heavy manufacturing businesses in the UK could be at risk of going under without an extension to the government’s Energy Bill Relief scheme, according to new research from business advisory firm FRP.

In a poll of more than 135 senior decision makers within heavy industry, conducted in advance of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, 18% said they weren’t confident in continuing to trade through the next 12 months without an extension to the scheme, which comes to an end next April. With more than half (53%) of firms in the sector expecting creditor pressure this year, around a quarter (28%) held similar concerns for the financial health of their supply chains. – Read more via FRP

Help for Yorkshire manufacturers to grow in 2023

The manufacturing sector has faced unprecedented challenges in the last three years, but now an exclusive event is being held to help businesses in the sector look beyond the current crisis and find opportunities for growth in 2023.

The Manufacturing Advisory Directorate, known as MAD Yorkshire, is inviting manufacturers to the special event in Leeds, with a view to cutting through the noise and offering real solutions and advice. The Routes to Growth for Manufacturers event will be held on Wednesday November 30 (2.30pm) at the premises of specialist manufacturer Sound Leisure Ltd, the only manufacturer in the world producing classic jukeboxes for all major music formats. – Read more via MAD Yorkshire

Demand for servo roll feeds strong at Atkin Automation

The Atkin Automation division of Group Rhodes is celebrating a number of major contract wins to manufacture a number of Roll Feeds for companies in the North West and South East of England

The new orders include the production of an RFC 100-300mm wide heavy duty unit, an RF70-100mm wide machine and an RF100-50 unit specifically designed to run heavier narrow strips in galvanised steel. All units will be supplied complete with multi-pitch and tool gag functions to enable the manufacture of complex punched components for construction metalwork.

Atkin is also producing an RF70-300 unit for a manufacturer of clamping systems in the automotive sector and has won a contract to produce three smaller decoilers to serve the grinding process used in the manufacture of technical/craft blades. A further order for four bespoke units from the same company, complete with a vertical to horizontal tilt mechanism is also on the expanding order book. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Monday – 14/11/2022

£1m Precision Tooling Academy set to reverse toolmaking skills crisis

The UK’s first ever Precision Tooling Academy has launched today thanks to a pioneering partnership between In-Comm Training and Brandauer.

Over £1m has been invested by the two strategic partners to create a commercial toolroom in the training provider’s facility in Aldridge, which will produce complex tooling, as well as acting as a professional training ground for the toolmakers and designers of the future.

This is a vital move for domestic industry, with the sector being held back by a severe lack of toolmakers and the very real possibility of losing these essential skills forever as older workers choose to retire. — Read more via Group Rhodes

Ronseal producer Sherwin-Williams makes ‘fantastic’ £10m investment in Sheffield site

Global firm Sherwin-Williams has invested £10m in new production lines at Chapeltown site in South Yorkshire, creating more than 20 new jobs in the process.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Sioned Mair-Richards came along to the site to officially open it by way of a ribbon cutting ceremony last week.

The expansion of the Chapeltown site represents a £10m investment by Sherwin-Williams, enabling the group to significantly ramp up production of brands currently made at the facility including Ronseal, Ronseal Trade, Geocel, Dow and Thompson. — Read more via The Yorkshire Post

Data tech is driving SME manufacturing growth ambitions in UK

SME manufacturers in the North West are using data and system integration technology as the driving force behind their digital transformation and growth ambitions, new analysis from Made Smarter reveals.

159 of the 275 technology projects supported by Made Smarter’s North West adoption programme focused on digital technologies which connect disparate systems and unify data residing in different sources. — Read more via Production Engineering Solutions

Nissan offers £200 home charger discount on new and used EVs

Nissan is offering EV buyers £200 off the cost of a smart home charger and installing the device.

The offer is available to UK customers who use Nissan Finance to buy new and Nissan Intelligent Choice used EVs via the manufacturer’s UK dealer network.

It lets them spread the cost of the new charger across their regular monthly vehicle payments. — Read more via Car Dealer Magazine

Walkers owner PepsiCo UK says new vehicles will cut 1,200 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year

Walkers owner PepsiCo UK is upgrading many of its vehicles to run on vegetable oil and electricity in a bid to cut 1,200 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year

The US owned food and drinks giant said it was going to replace diesel with hydrogenated vegetable oil for the 3,000 truck journeys it makes each year between the Quaker Oat mill in Cupar, Scotland, and Leicester, the home of Walkers – equivalent to a distance of one million miles. It said every mile powered by HVO will have 80 per cent less greenhouse gas than conventional diesel.

It is also introducing new electric vehicles to move the 40,000 pallets holding its crisps and snacks around PepsiCo’s distribution centre in Leicester. Both changes are expected to be rolled out by the end of next year. — Read more via Business Live

Friday – 11/11/2022

Outlook worsening as production sector of economy hits trouble

Reacting to the first ONS estimates on GDP for Q3 2022, David Bharier, Head of Research at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Today’s figures, showing a 0.2% fall in the quarterly estimate for Q3 GDP, as well as a 0.6% fall in monthly GDP, solidify the picture that the economy is moving towards recession, if not already in one.

“Worryingly, the figures show a decline across all 13 manufacturing sectors tracked by the ONS, with production output overall shrinking by 1.5%. Services as a whole have seen no growth in the quarter. — Read more via British Chambers of Commerce

900 jobs at risk under planned closure of Leicester and Lincolnshire Bakkavor factories

As many as 900 jobs are at risk with the announcement of the planned closure of two food factories in Leicester and Lincolnshire.

Bakkavor wants to close its Bakkavor Salads operation in Sutton Bridge, near Kings Lynn, and its Bakkavor Desserts factory in Leicester Forest East. There are 450 people working at each site.

The business, which reported UK revenues of £1.56bn in 2020, produces meals, salads, pizza and bread, and desserts for the UK’s major store chains. — Read more via Business Live

Britain’s favourite delicious doughnut manufacturer Krispy Kreme chooses MAN

Krispy Kreme, Britain’s favourite doughnut manufacturer, has just taken delivery of a fleet of new MAN vehicles. The new fleet, a mix of 33 3.5 tonne TGE’s and 30 7.5 tonne TGL’s, will deliver Krispy Kreme’s freshly made treats daily to their 123 stores located across the UK and to over 1500 cabinets in their nationwide retail partner outlets. — Read more via UK Haulier

Kia Stinger withdrawn from sale as brand shifts to electric flagship

Kia has ended sales of the Stinger, ahead of the arrival of a new high-performance EV6 GT later this year.

The rear-wheel-drive Stinger launched as the brand’s flagship model in 2017, rivalling cars like the Audi A5 Sportback, marking Kia’s first entry into a premium segement in the UK.

It was never a high-volume seller, especially in the fleet sector, achieving just 2,300 sales during its lifespan. — Read more via Fleet News

Welsh marine manufacturer expands to USA

A Welsh marine equipment manufacturer is on track to significantly grow its exports with the opening of a dedicated base in the USA following a surge in demand for its products across the globe, thanks to support from the Welsh Government.

Powys-based Makefast Group, which employs over 100 people at its Newtown factory, designs and manufactures equipment for the marine and safety industries, as well as systems for super yachts and luxury boats including retractable sunroofs, awning units, and bathing platforms. — Read more via Wales 247

Thursday – 10/11/2022

Innovation within Sustainable Electronics Manufacturing

With COP27 underway, sustainability is once again at the forefront of global discussion. Debates surrounding emissions reductions, water security, and renewable energy are at centre-stage with many politicians, businesses, investors and think-tanks enthusiastic to bring about meaningful change. In IDTechEx’s report, ‘Sustainable Electronics Manufacturing 2023-2033′, methods of reducing emissions within one of the most polluting industries are evaluated and discussed with a view to cost-effective and widespread implementation.

With the electronics industry accounting for four percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is a sector that requires substantial innovation to reduce its environmental footprint. IDTechEx’s latest report explores how the environmental impact of manufacturing printed circuit boards (PCBs) and integrated circuits (ICs) can be reduced through innovative materials choices and processing methods. — Read more via Sustainable Electronics Manufacturing 2023-2033

Clearly Drinks announces apprenticeship drive following operator programme

National soft drinks manufacturer, Clearly Drinks has announced its latest apprenticeship drive as it celebrates the success of its World Class Operator apprenticeship programme at its Southwick site.

Looking to fill multiple apprenticeship roles within the growing business before the end of 2022, Sunderland-based Clearly Drinks is hoping to offer more prospective candidates in the North East the chance to join the team and launch their careers in manufacturing. Here the firm will provide internal training across various departments to create highly skilled individuals and offer apprentices on-the-job paid experience.

The programme, in partnership with Derwentside College, starts with a two-week training plan to gain an NVQ level 2 in manufacturing operations. From here, staff and students have the opportunity to go to college where they can work towards an NVQ level 3 in leadership. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Apprentices providing steel to Celsa’s workforce

Encouraging experienced employees with one eye on retirement to ‘give back’ to the new generation has become a key component to developing a loyal and skilled workforce at Cardiff-based Celsa Steel UK.

The company initially established its apprenticeship programme in 2005 to address a lack of effective knowledge transfer created by an increasingly ageing workforce. It has evolved into a new ten-year plan that is bridging a 50-year gap between retirees and new recruits, with a business sustainability strategy allowing for knowledge transfer much earlier in an engineer’s career. — Read more via Business News Wales

Sustainability: a costly obligation or an investment in the future?

While organisations recognise the sustainability requirement and most have announced net zero commitments, there is still a gap between long-term ambition and short-term concrete actions, according to new a report from the Capgemini Research Institute, ‘A World in Balance – Why sustainability ambition is not translating to action.’ The report also highlights that the business case for implementing sustainability measures is largely underestimated or misunderstood, with only 21% of executives believing that it is clear.

To understand whether companies are taking the urgent mandate of environmental sustainability sufficiently seriously, and to assess their progress over the years, the Capgemini Research Institute conducted the first edition of an annual global research study, surveying 2,004 executives from 668 large organisations (annual revenues over $1bn) across 12 countries and key industries. — Read more via Yahoo Sports

Tackling Britain’s data skills shortage

In virtually every industry, the ability to access and work with data and analytics has never been more important, yet the demand for these data skills far outstrips supply. Recent research by Virgin Media O2 estimated that this digital skills shortage costs the UK economy £12.8bn a year, while 55% of organisations face skill shortages. Respondents to a McKinsey survey say that solving the data analytics skills shortage is a priority focus area.

For many business leaders, analytics can be the difference between making informed real-time decisions for the business and the risk of being surpassed by competitors who have made digital skills such as data literacy a priority. The unique selling proposition of the world’s most profitable companies is not cash reserves or real estate – it’s their ability to collect, analyse and act on their stored data at scale, and use it to make better, more effective decisions. — Read more via Open Access Government

Manufacturer expands with second factory

Ahead of its 100th anniversary next year, a Birmingham-based manufacturer of bespoke internal doors is adding a second factory to boost its manufacturing capacity.

E&SW Knowles, which employs 114 people at its site at Moor Lane Trading Estate, is expanding its manufacturing operation into a second building, adding 13,750 sq ft to its existing 44,500 sq ft capability. The investment has been announced following the company’s recent acquisition by Doncaster-based Sentry Doors.

Managing Director Steve Horner said: “This strategic acquisition along with our 100th anniversary will mean that 2023 will be a very big year for us. We wanted to do something that marked this achievement but also put a marker in the sand about where we are going and our intention to become the UK’s leader in timber fire safety and security doorsets.” — Read more via TheBusinessDesk

Wednesday – 09/11/2022

Over 2,000 manufacturers head to Liverpool for largest-ever ‘Smart Factory Expo’

More than 2,000 manufacturers and technology specialists will come together in Liverpool next week, as part of the UK’s leading showcase for innovative manufacturing technology.

The Smart Factory Expo, part of the renowned Digital Manufacturing Week festival, will kick-off on Monday November 14 at The Exhibition Centre and is expecting to attract more than 2,000 visitors keen to explore the latest breakthroughs in augmented reality, automation, robotics and IoT platforms. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Government ministers visit spaceport ahead of first UK launch

Government ministers visited Spaceport Cornwall yesterday ahead of the first satellite launch from UK soil later this month.

Science Minister, George Freeman, and Transport Technology Minister, Jesse Norman, joined representatives from the UK Space Agency to meet those behind the mission and saw Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket and its carrier aircraft, Cosmic Girl – which will launch from Spaceport Cornwall – up close.

Ministers also toured the spaceport’s new Space Systems Integration Facility, the first of its kind at a spaceport in the UK, where the satellites have been integrated into the rocket ready for launch. Spaceport Cornwall will deliver 150 direct jobs and 240 indirect jobs by 2030. — Read more via UK Space Agency

£13m invested in Renfrewshire as Scottish Leather Group hails new era for manufacturing in Scotland

Scottish Leather Group, one of the country’s biggest exporting businesses, has made a £13m investment across its businesses as the firm sees a huge increase of 75% from the same time last year in orders.

The family-owned firm, which can traces its roots back over 500 years, has been a premium supplier of leather stretching back over eight generations. — Read more via The Manufacturer

UK firm fights off ‘stiff international competition’ to secure work on Scottish wind farm

A contract for the supply and installation of inter-array cables for the Moray West offshore wind farm has been settled.

Developer Ocean Winds has struck a deal with offshore contractor Seaway7, which includes work for UK engineering firm JDR Cable Systems.

A value for the contract wasn’t given, but it has been hailed as a “significant” win for the TFK Group-owned company, which recently begun work on a major subsea cable manufacturing facility in the north of England. — Read more via Energy Voice

Aluminium sector’s impact tops £7.4bn as industry chief predicts major role for material in journey to Net Zero

The UK’s aluminium industry has a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to drive sustainability, the circular economy, and the transition to Net Zero according to a leading sector expert.

Tom Jones, CEO of the Aluminium Federation (ALFED), made the rallying call after the release of the organisation’s latest report reveals more than 39,000 people are directly employed in this manufacturing discipline, with a total GVA of nearly £3bn. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Tuesday – 08/11/2022

UK Automotive launches Career Guide to attract the brightest and best to deliver Net Zero

Nearly half (49%) of UK automotive companies are concerned about skills shortages in key roles from research and design to engineering and manufacturing, according to the latest survey by the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The results come as a new automotive Career Guide is launched to attract top talent to help drive the transition to zero emission vehicles. — Read more via The Manufacturer

JDR breaks ground on £130m UK cable factory

JDR has started the construction of its new £130m state-of-the-art subsea cable manufacturing facility in the UK.

The 69,000 square metre factory, which is located in Cambois near Blyth in Northumberland, will be operational by 2024.

It will deliver subsea cable manufacturing technology to the offshore wind market and is currently providing 171 local jobs for the construction phase of the project.
The factory is being funded with support from UK Energy department BEIS’ Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support Scheme (OWMIS). — Read more via reNEWS.biz

ETL Systems announces the opening of new multi-million pound facility following strong growth

ETL Systems, manufacturers and distributors of critical satcom RF equipment and RF components, has completed a major infrastructure programme at its Herefordshire site with the opening of a brand-new production facility.

The expansion follows the opening of a state-of-the-art research and development centre in Rickmansworth last year. — Read more via The Manufacturer

UK’s green hydrogen ambitions fail to deliver

The UK also doubled its target for low carbon hydrogen production to 10GW by 2030 in its energy security strategy, which was drawn up following Russia’s assault on Ukraine.

Yet, just 12 months on from Kwarteng’s visit to ITM’s Sheffield factory, there are signs that Britain risks missing out on building a large new manufacturing sector around green hydrogen. ITM announced in September that it was scrapping plans to build a second electrolyser factory in the UK. — Read more via Financial Times

UK-based Albon to build factory in Serbia’s Sremska Mitrovica – city govt

UK-based car engine components manufacturer Albon plans to build a factory in Sremska Mitrovica, in northwestern Serbia, the city government said.

The factory, spanning almost 3.3 hectares, will be located in the industrial zone of the city, documents posted on the Sremska Mitrovica city website last week showed. — Read more via seenews.com

MTC Training apprenitces’ careers take flight

Ambitious apprentices at MTC Training – the training arm of the Manufacturing Technology Centre – are celebrating after completing an important milestone in their early careers.

Learners have been awarded certificates which recognise their contribution to Project Slingshot, a collaborative initiative giving learners the opportunity to help build and fly an aeroplane. The event was the final milestone in the first year of their apprenticeship training at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre before returning to their employers to begin their on-the-job training in the second year of a four-year programme. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Gosport’s Elecon UK undergoes management buyout

Elecon UK, a Gosport manufacturer, has embarked on an ambitious MBO as part of the company’s expansion plans.

The company, which was established more than three decades ago, specialises in light fabrication and designs and develops and produces fine limit sheet metal. The company provides support to a wide range of customers in the retail, automotive and security industries. — Read more via businessmag.co.uk

Monday – 07/11/2022

Lithium groups choose Teesside in boost for UK battery industry

A pair of battery materials start-ups have selected Teesside to locate key parts of the electric vehicle supply chain at a time of uncertainty over the industry’s future in the UK.

Trafigura-backed Green Lithium has selected Teesport, the UK’s fifth largest port, for its £600m lithium refinery, while Altilium Metals will also build a recycling facility in the region.

The projects are a boost for the north-east but come as the UK’s aspirations to become an EV manufacturing powerhouse are in turmoil after the near-collapse of battery start-up Britishvolt last week. Its planned £3.8bn gigafactory is one hour’s drive north in Blyth. — Read more via Financial Times

Absolut Vodka and Ardagh Group co-invest in hydrogen-fired glass furnace in a global spirits industry first

Absolut Vodka is to become the first global spirits brand to move to a partly hydrogen energy-fired glass furnace for large-scale production in a significant step to reduce the CO2 emissions from making its iconic bottles.

The hydrogen initiative is an important milestone for Absolut Vodka in becoming completely CO2neutral by 2030. A prerequisite for being able to meet this goal is in reducing the carbon footprint of its glass packaging. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Solid-state sodium-ion battery company LiNa Energy closes out £3m late seed funding round

Lancaster-based solid-state sodium-ion battery company LiNa Energy has closed out a £3m late seed funding round, primarily from existing investors. (Earlier post.) This funding will accelerate the path to commercialization through developing a next-generation electrolyte, automating manual processes to assemble more cells, and perform pre-FEED studies ahead of investing in the next scale of manufacturing facilities. — Read more via Green Car Congress

Construction innovator Merit gears up for growth after expansion approval

The chief executive of construction pioneer Merit has told how the firm is gearing up for growth after plans to extend its Northumberland base were approved.

The Cramlington business – a former North East Company of the Year – specialises in work on high-tech, complex structures for clients in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy, manufacturing, retail, commercial and nuclear sector. — Read more via Business Live

Nissan LEAF Awarded WhichEV “Lifetime Achievement Award”

The Independent UK-based publication WhichEV has announced that the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for popularising electrification in vehicles goes to none other than the Nissan LEAF. The Nissan LEAF is well deserving of this honor after coming to the market more than a decade ago.

The LEAF not only set the standard for the entire vehicle industry, it is basically an iconic legend for the EV world. When Nissan introduced the LEAF electric vehicle 12 years ago, it was considered to be a bold and courageous strategy to branch out into electric vehicles. — Read more via Clean Technica

Sophie’s electric as PP C&A engineer wins major Engineering & Manufacturing Apprenticeship Award

A female electrical engineer, who has already delivered a £1m plus new product introduction, has been named as the Black Country’s best Engineering & Manufacturing apprentice last night.

PP Control & Automation’s Sophie Young, beat off competition from across the area to secure the Ladder for the Black Country accolade in front of 285 guests at Wolverhampton Grand Station and has already set her sights on inspiring more girls into industry. — Read more via The Manufacturer

Loughborough’s Herbert Morris factory may be turned into homes

Houses could be built on the site of an historic factory in Loughborough under plans that have been submitted.

Developers have proposed knocking down part of the former Herbert Morris factory, in Empress Road, to build 18 homes.

The crane manufacturing firm moved to the Leicestershire town in 1897 and at one point had sales offices across the UK and in Paris and Toronto.

Charnwood Borough Council is yet to consider the application. — Read more via BBC News