Advanced Manufacturing

June was an excellent month for UK manufacturing

Updated on Tuesday 2 July 2019, 2:51 PM

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Jaguar Land Rover announced hundreds of millions in investment and building new electric cars in Castle Bromwich

Jaguar Land Rover is to invest hundreds of millions of pounds into its Castle Bromwich plant as it prepares to build a new wave of electric cars. As part of the process, the company will shut the site down for six weeks to install the equipment and tooling necessary for the manufacture of a range of battery-powered vehicles. JLR has recently opened an electric drive facility at Hams Hall and manufactures some hybrid engines at its Wolverhampton plant, but this new announcement represents a major boost for the UK car industry.

Paris Air Show orders valued between £10bn and £11.5bn for UK

The Paris Air Show has once again proved to be a successful one for Britain’s aviation industry with around 70 companies exhibiting there. Both airlines and aircraft leasing companies placed orders or signed letters of intent agreements for a total of 861 aircraft. These cover a wide variety of types of plane, including wide-bodied, single aisle, regional aircraft and turboprop. If all come to fruition this could be worth around £8 billion pounds to the UK aviation sector.

10 millionth Nissan built at Sunderland plant

June saw the Nissan plant in Sunderland reach a notable milestone as the ten millionth car rolled off the prioduction line in 33 years of manufacturing at the site. It makes it the fastest car factory in the UK to reach the figure and means on average, a car has been built there every two minutes since production first started back in 1986. The actual car which marked the landmark figure was a Qashqai Tekna, the most produced model at the plant with over 3.4 million having been assembled.

Wren Kitchens £120m facility plan in Barton-upon-Humber

Up to 1200 new jobs are set to be created in Lincolnshire as Wren Kitchens has announced plans to build a huge new factory at its existing site in Barton-upon-Humber. It marks the biggest single investment by the company which started life with a single showroom just ten years ago. Now it employs over 2500 people and has 78 showrooms across the UK.

Mondelez £4.7m investment at its R&D Centre in Reading

Mondelez International is investing 4.7 million pounds into its UK food research and development plant-based in Reading. The company, which is behind global brands such as OREO, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Ritz is looking to develop new and improved chocolate, biscuits and sweets for markets in 150 countries worldwide. The investment should lead to around 50 new jobs being created at the site over the next five years.

GKN Aerospace announced £11m site investment in Cowes

A boost for business on the Isle of Wight has come with the news that GKN Aerospace is to invest eleven million pounds at its facility in Cowes over the next two years. GKN which is the largest private employer on the island has owned the site for 25 years. This latest investment underlines the company’s commitment to remaining on the Isle of Wight and will enhance its position as a Centre of Excellence for advanced composite structures for use in both the commercial aerospace and military sectors.

NP Aerospace  secures £63m MoD contract, creating around 400 jobs

NP Aerospace has won a huge new contract from The Ministry of Defence. The deal is known as PMETS which stands for Protected Mobility Engineering & Technical Support and will be worth £63 million pounds to the company which is based in Coventry. Fifty new jobs will be created by the deal under which NP Aerospace will look after the MOD’s 2200 Protected Mobility Vehicles until 2024.

New AMC Group production facility creates 100 jobs in Skelmersdale

100 new jobs have been created by the AMC Group at its site in Skelmersdale in Lancashire. It’s’ recently completed its first purpose-built factory to provide freshly squeezed juice products. The facility has the capacity to provide enough freshly squeezed juice for the whole of the United Kingdom and is able to squeeze oranges at the rate of 960 per minute.

Aston Martin Lagonda’s second UK manufacturing plant started production

One of the most iconic names in British car manufacturing has started to produce vehicles at its second UK based plant. The first pre-production Aston Martin Lagonda vehicles have rolled off the production line at the site in at St Athan in Wales which was a former Ministry of Defence facility. 200 jobs have already been created in the factory which was built using three so-called “Super Hangers”, and it’s expected another 550 people will be taken on as production increases.

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