UK manufacturing continues to face significant change in automation and digitalisation, attitudes towards its emissions output and preparing its workforce for the future, while being beset by ever-shifting political challenges as the UK prepares to the the European Union.
UK innovators are set to benefit from a £300m investment in more sustainable flight solutions for people and goods, with researchers developing electric planes and cleaner jet fuels set to receive an additional £5m boost.
According to statistics released last week from National Grid, Britain has now gone 114 continuous hours without burning coal to generate electricity, smashing the previous record of 90 hours. This is the longest period since the Industrial Revolution and is set to keep on rising.
Tata Chemicals Europe has announced that it will operate a new energy from waste plant (EFW) at its Lostock manufacturing site in Northwich, Cheshire in a joint venture worth nearly half a billion pounds.
Aurrigo, a UK-based autonomous vehicles manufacturer, has been working with US firms to equip three of its ‘Pod Zeros’ with the latest AI technology. The driverless pods can seat up to four people, travel at 15 mph and cover up to 60 miles on one charge.
An increasing trend to reduce the overall weight of products in multiple industries such as aerospace, renewables, construction and transportation, is driving tremendous growth in the lightweight structures market.