Automotive News – Late March 2022

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said today a relocation of car manufacturing back to the UK would be “good news” for the sector. “If supply chain resilience provides the opportunity to reshore more of the supply chain in the UK, we would certainly support and encourage that,” SMMT’s chief executive Mike Hawes told City A.M. Automotive makers started moving production away from eastern Europe following Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine and the consequent set of sanctions imposed on Moscow. According to ... Read more

Medical News – Early March 2022

Background news of importance to medical sector is the ever closer convergence of ISO13485 with FDA quality system approval, see this link…. This alignment makes it easier to manufacture for global supply (particularly into the USA market). Source: Read more

Nuclear News – Early March 2022

A report has been published by the Nuclear AMRC part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, on behalf of the Supply Chain Woking Group of the CCUS Council. The report “CCUS supply chain intervention strategy,” is the first key output from the CCUS Council Supply Chain Working Group, Chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt. Today’s report concludes that there is a significant opportunity to increase UK manufactured content in the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage sector, contributing to economic growth and creating export ... Read more

Shipbuilding News – Early March 2022

The Department for Education (DfE) is calling on experts from the shipbuilding industry to apply to become a member of the first UK Shipbuilding Skills Taskforce. Following the publication of the refreshed cross-government National Shipbuilding Strategy, which sets out a package of government measures aimed at fostering a shipbuilding renaissance across the UK, the DfE will lead work to establish a UK wide Taskforce to develop a world-leading skills strategy to support the industry.   Read more

Power Generation News – Early March 2022

Siemens Energy has announced an investment in a new digital platform for on-demand additive manufacturing services. The platform, named MakerVerse, is a joint venture initiative between ZEISS and financial/venture capital investors including 9.5 Ventures, and is designed to be a ‘one-stop fulfilment platform’ for everything from prototypes to spare parts by connecting industrial clients with a global network of certified additive manufacturing suppliers. Set to make its public launch towards the middle of 2022, MakerVerse will be based in Berlin and focus on ... Read more

Manufacturing News – Early March 2022

New findings on critical plant and equipment data usage within the UK’s hi-tech manufacturing industries have revealed slower-than-expected progress toward achieving sustainability and net zero carbon reduction goals. According to The Energy Blind Spots, a new report from building analytics specialist CIM that surveyed facilities managers at life sciences and micro-electronics manufacturers, only 35% of facilities managers believe HVAC costs are a priority for the C-Suite. Yet with HVAC often constituting up to 45% of energy consumption at these sites, analysing consumption ... Read more

Aerospace News – Early March 2022

Kn aerospace-led skybus collaboration project completes successful feasibility studies. Skybus research project has identified unique opportunities for air ‘buses’ to operate alongside air taxis in the rapidly growing urban air mobility sector Skybus was launched under the Future Flight Challenge in January 2021 as a GKN Aerospace-led project, in collaboration with Swanson Aviation Consultancy, Pascall+Watson and Connected Places Catapult The Skybus collaboration project has reached a key milestone by completing the initial feasibility studies. The research project has explored the potential for ... Read more

Automotive News – Early March 2022

Ford has accelerated its electric vehicle plans for Europe, launching seven new models, announcing a battery gigafactory in Turkey, doubling investment in Germany and the phasing out of emissions from vans by 2035. The US manufacturer had previously pledged to make all cars in Europe electric by 2030 but had not set an end date for commercial vehicles. The move casts further doubt on the future of Ford’s Dagenham plant in the UK, which makes diesel engines for Transit vans. ____________________ Battery pioneer Britishvolt ... Read more

Aerospace News – Late February 2022

A "hugely significant" £10 million aerospace hub has officially opened in Yeovil. The iAero, a business centre dedicated to innovation, collaboration and sustainable aviation, welcomed local figures for its opening ceremony on Tuesday February 22nd.   Read more

Mining News – Late February 2022

The UK and Belgium have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work closely on the path towards decarbonisation and future energy interconnection. The United Kingdom’s Minister for Energy Greg Hands and Belgium’s Minister for Energy Tinne Van der Straeten signed an agreement on energy cooperation on the 23rd  February.   Read more
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