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. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/mar/14/ford-accelerates-electric-vehicle-push-in-europe-with-seven-new-models ____________________ 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.  https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/hugely-significant-10m-aerospace-hub-6705459   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. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-and-belgium-sign-memorandum-of-understanding-mou-on-energy-cooperation?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications-topic&utm_source=39c2e0a0-b324-4042-91da-6cf2d48348df&utm_content=daily   Read more

Power Generation News – Late February 2022

ETZ Ltd and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have announced that they will co-invest and collaborate in a world leading National Floating Wind Innovation Centre in Aberdeen dedicated to accelerating the commercialisation of floating offshore wind throughout the UK and supporting the incubation of new products, services and businesses within the sector. The £9 million centre will be located within the Altens Industrial Estate of the Energy Transition Zone and is being developed to ensure that the North East of Scotland ... Read more

Defence News – Late February 2022

A global missile manufacturer is planning to hire hundreds of people across its UK operations in the coming year. MBDA, which has UK bases in Bristol, Bolton and Stevenage, is a joint venture between Airbus (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Leonardo (25%). It has more than 12,000 employees working across France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the US and UK. https://www.business-live.co.uk/manufacturing/missile-manufacturer-owned-bae-systems-23182622 Read more

Manufacturing News – Late February 2022

UK manufacturing output growth picked up in the three months to February, but the balance of manufacturers expecting price rises in the next three months was at its highest since December 1976. That’s according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey, based on responses from 224 manufacturing firms. https://www.cbi.org.uk/media-centre/articles/sharpest-manufacturing-price-growth-since-1976-monthly-industrial-trends-survey/   Read more

Automotive News – Late February 2022

Supply chain shortages squeeze January car output but EV surge brightens outlook UK car production falls -20.1% in worst January since 2009 with 68,790 units leaving factory gates. Production for overseas and domestic markets down -17.5% and -30.8% respectively. Battery electric vehicle production up a third, with one in 11 cars rolling off factory lines zero emission. UK car production fell -20.1% to 68,790 units last month, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the ... Read more

Power Generation News – Early February 2022

CSR: Low Carbon manufacturing boosted with Green Bank The £1bn capital funding pledged through the Green Investment Bank will benefit firms in the West Midlands working in the sustainable energy and low carbon sectors. Mr Osborne announced that the annual budget for the Department of Energy and Climate Change would be £3.1bn. This represents a 5% annual budget cut but £200m is pledged for wind power development. Funding is being set aside for infrastructure development to meet the needs of offshore wind turbine manufacturers ... Read more
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