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Ibec survey of Irish manufacturing sector shows cost of energy is the biggest challenge heading into 2023

    Ibec survey of Irish manufacturing sector shows cost of energy is the biggest challenge heading into 2023

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has published the results of a major new survey which shows a drop in confidence in the manufacturing sector for the next six

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Number of UK sectors with falling output highest since May 2020

    Number of UK sectors with falling output highest since May 2020

The number of UK sectors experiencing falling output was at its highest level in 29 months in October, as demand for goods and services decreased, according to the latest Lloyds

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£17.6 million innovation support programme set to fuel green heat economy in Scotland

    £17.6 million innovation support programme set to fuel green heat economy in Scotland

Scottish Enterprise has launched a new Green Heat Innovation Support Programme worth up to £17.6 million for companies across Scotland covering industries from manufacturing to technology innovators and the heating

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£500,000 investment in Southampton engineering hub

    £500,000 investment in Southampton engineering hub

Specialised industrial service provider ERIKS has invested £500,000 in a new Southampton regional hub as part of multi-million-pound infrastructure improvements program in the UK. ERIKS has ploughed funding into the

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LMETB receives €11 million Government investment for its Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre of Excellence (AMTCE)

    LMETB receives €11 million Government investment for its Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre of Excellence (AMTCE)

The Irish Government has announced an €11 million investment in the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre of Excellence (AMTCE) in Dundalk. The AMTCE is the largest advanced manufacturing training centre of its

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70% of Manufacturers Say Economic Climate Holding Back Sustainability Strategy

    70% of Manufacturers Say Economic Climate Holding Back Sustainability Strategy

Almost seven-in-ten (69%) manufacturing decision makers agree that their sustainability strategy has been restricted due to cost pressures. This is according to research findings by Visual Components, polling respondents in the UK,

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Nearly 10% of food goes to waste in the supply chain

    Nearly 10% of food goes to waste in the supply chain

Stock inefficiencies and inventory ‘black holes’ are exacerbating the supply chain crisis for food companies according to new research.  Nearly 10% of stock is lost – either through the 7.1% which is damaged or

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First Milk agrees new whey partnership with Arla Foods Ingredients

    First Milk agrees new whey partnership with Arla Foods Ingredients

British dairy co-operative, First Milk, has announced that it has agreed a new partnership with Arla Foods Ingredients to produce a specialist whey protein powder at its Lake District Creamery.

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IRI report indicates small and mid-sized manufacturers losing ground in volume and value to private labels

    IRI report indicates small and mid-sized manufacturers losing ground in volume and value to private labels

The latest biannual ‘FMCG Demand Signals’ report from IRI has revealed that Private Labels now make up 36% of total FMCG value sales in Europe (€216 billion) – up from 34%

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Mondelēz International Contributed £933 Million to UK Economy in 2021

    Mondelēz International Contributed £933 Million to UK Economy in 2021

Mondelēz International, makers and bakers of iconic brands including Cadbury, OREO and Maynards Bassetts, has launched its latest economic and social report – Mondelēz UK: Making the Right Impact – which

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Irish timber frame construction firm to expand lean and digital capabilities

    Irish timber frame construction firm to expand lean and digital capabilities

Monaghan-based IJM Timber Engineering has secured funding under Enterprise Ireland’s ‘Built to Innovate’ initiative, a programme aimed at achieving faster, higher-quality construction of housing by providing funding support for productivity

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New Managing Director appointed at ULMA Packaging UK

    New Managing Director appointed at ULMA Packaging UK

ULMA Packaging UK has announced the appointment of James Couldwell as Managing Director, following the retirement of its former long-standing MD, Chris Pickles. Having previously worked at ULMA between 2016

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Gold Line Feeds acquired by United Petfoods

    Gold Line Feeds acquired by United Petfoods

UK-based Gold Line Feeds is being acquired by international pet food producer, United Petfood. Gold Line Feeds is an independent animal feed manufacturer with 80 years of experience situated in

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Quotient Sciences completes major expansion of drug substance manufacturing facility

    Quotient Sciences completes major expansion of drug substance manufacturing facility

Quotient Sciences, the drug development and manufacturing accelerator, has completed the expansion of its drug substance manufacturing facility at Alnwick in the UK. The £6 million project results in a

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How Product Inspection Helps Combat Rising Manufacturing Costs

    How Product Inspection Helps Combat Rising Manufacturing Costs

Escalating manufacturing costs are proving a challenge to food manufacturers across Europe. Rob Rogers, Senior Advisor Food Safety & Regulation of Mettler-Toledo outlines how product inspection technology can help to

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Powering the UK’s battery industry

    Powering the UK’s battery industry

New funding has been announced for the Faraday Battery Challenge. The additional £211 million in funding allows the challenge to exploit the momentum, nationwide learning and industrial support generated since

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Hutchinson Engineering creates 39 jobs as part of strategic £2.2 million investment

    Hutchinson Engineering creates 39 jobs as part of strategic £2.2 million investment

Based at Kilrea in Northern Ireland, Hutchinson Engineering is creating 39 jobs as part of a £2.2 million investment to grow the business in a number of international markets. The

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Hanson secures funding to investigate hydrogen as a fuel at asphalt sites

    Hanson secures funding to investigate hydrogen as a fuel at asphalt sites

Hanson UK, a leading supplier of heavy building materials to the construction industry, has secured funding to investigate the feasibility of using low carbon hydrogen as an alternative source of

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Specialist food manufacturer boosts productivity and turnover after Made Smarter support

    Specialist food manufacturer boosts productivity and turnover after Made Smarter support

A specialist food manufacturer has experienced a boost in productivity and is forecasting a 30% increase in turnover after investing in automation technology with the support of Made Smarter. Firstplay

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AMTE Power agrees production contract with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre for its Ultra High Power cells

    AMTE Power agrees production contract with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre for its Ultra High Power cells

AMTE Power, the developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion and sodium-ion battery cells for specialist markets, has signed a contract to manufacture its Ultra High Power cells at UKBIC in Coventry

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Eco-friendly Cloud can reduce energy costs for manufacturers

    Eco-friendly Cloud can reduce energy costs for manufacturers

Rising energy costs are impacting on UK manufacturers’ competitiveness. The government’s recent intervention, funding for high energy usage businesses, is in response to the global shortage of natural gas caused

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New £35 million facility for Guala Closures in Scotland

    New £35 million facility for Guala Closures in Scotland

A state-of-the-art £36 million superfactory will secure the Scottish future of a company crucial to the whisky industry. The huge investment includes a £3.3 million grant from Scottish Enterprise and

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Uform Agrees PE Investment with Cardinal Ireland Partners

    Uform Agrees PE Investment with Cardinal Ireland Partners

Cardinal Ireland Partners, the Irish private equity growth fund managed by Cardinal Capital Group, has invested in Uform, with plans to scale the business. Founded in 1993 by Eamon and

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£14 million funding for sustainable smart factory projects

  £14 million funding for sustainable smart factory projects

£14 million has been awarded to projects that harness digital technology to drive energy efficiency, productivity and growth across key

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Boost for Irish manufacturing as FANUC opens its first dedicated robotics facility in Ireland

  Boost for Irish manufacturing as FANUC opens its first dedicated robotics facility in Ireland

Leading robotics company FANUC has officially opened its first dedicated facility in Ireland – a 500 sq m training centre and

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GE Healthcare Opens New $30 Million Manufacturing Line in Cork

  GE Healthcare Opens New $30 Million Manufacturing Line in Cork

GE Healthcare has officially opened a new €30.5 million ($30 million) manufacturing line at its Carrigtohill facility in County Cork.

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One-stop-shop for digital transformation of production systems becomes a reality

  One-stop-shop for digital transformation of production systems becomes a reality

Visual Components, the developer of 3D simulation software, has announced that it has acquired the robotics division of Delfoi, a

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Enva expands farm plastics recycling business in Ireland

  Enva expands farm plastics recycling business in Ireland

Enva, one of the UK and Ireland’s leading recycling and resource management companies. has completed the acquisition of Ireland’s largest

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Waters Marks 25 Years in Ireland with €6 Million Clinical Diagnostics R&D Center Expansion

  Waters Marks 25 Years in Ireland with €6 Million Clinical Diagnostics R&D Center Expansion

Waters Corporation has announced a combined investment of up to €6 million with support from IDA Ireland to expand its

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Chemical Business Association creates new roles to support growth plans

  Chemical Business Association creates new roles to support growth plans

The Chemical Business Association (CBA), which represents the UK chemical supply chain, has announced the recent appointment of two key

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Malone Group establishes new Digital Services & Project Support Centre in Northern Ireland

  Malone Group establishes new Digital Services & Project Support Centre in Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland headquartered engineering and technology services firm Malone Group is setting up a new Digital Services & Project

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Automatic Plastics Limited, a Comar Company, celebrates 50 years in Ireland

  Automatic Plastics Limited, a Comar Company, celebrates 50 years in Ireland

Comar has announced multi-million euro expansion plans for its Ireland-based affiliate – Automatic Plastics Limited (APL) located in Tinahely, County

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Scaling-up technologies for the UK’s foundation industries

  Scaling-up technologies for the UK’s foundation industries

Innovate UK has announced a £19.5 million award to the Foundation Industries Sustainability Consortium (FISC). The award will support the

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Lisburn manufacturer CASC invests £1.7 million to drive growth through skills and 26 jobs

  Lisburn manufacturer CASC invests £1.7 million to drive growth through skills and 26 jobs

Lisburn based manufacturer CASC is investing £1.7 million in its business growth through the creation of 26 jobs and the

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Vectura’s £58 million Inhalation Centre of Excellence granted planning permission

  Vectura’s £58 million Inhalation Centre of Excellence granted planning permission

Vectura, which specialises in inhaled drug development solutions, has been granted planning permission for a new 10,000-square metre facility on

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£6.1 million funding boost to accelerate digitalisation among SME food and drink manufacturers

  £6.1 million funding boost to accelerate digitalisation among SME food and drink manufacturers

A trailblazing programme that has backed 2,500 manufacturers to adopt new digital technology and skills to create growth and jobs

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How to Stay Competitive – Scottish Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition – October 13th 2022 – Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow

  How to Stay Competitive – Scottish Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition – October 13th 2022 – Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow

The Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition, which is being held at the SEC Glasgow on Thursday, 13th of

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Scottish Enterprise – Can you rise to the green heat hub grand challenge?

  Scottish Enterprise – Can you rise to the green heat hub grand challenge?

Scottish Enterprise has launched a Green Heat Hub Grand Challenge to encourage innovation around the green heat solutions of the

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Independent Robotics Advisors Gain & Co Launch UK Operation to Transform Manufacturing Industry

  Independent Robotics Advisors Gain & Co Launch UK Operation to Transform Manufacturing Industry

The need for robots and automation is increasing rapidly among businesses in the UK. To meet demand and help transform

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MeiraGTx formally unveils industry-leading gene therapy manufacturing facility in Ireland

  MeiraGTx formally unveils industry-leading gene therapy manufacturing facility in Ireland

MeiraGTx Holdings Plc, a vertically integrated, clinical stage gene therapy company, has formally unveiled its GMP manufacturing facility in Shannon.

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AbbVie announces a €60 million expansion as company’s Cork facility marks 20th anniversary

  AbbVie announces a €60 million expansion as company’s Cork facility marks 20th anniversary

AbbVie, a global research and development-based biopharmaceutical company with a significant presence across eight Irish locations, has announced a €60

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New funding announced to help the UK PEMD industry scale-up

  New funding announced to help the UK PEMD industry scale-up

Projects are being sought to share £5 million in funding and improve power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) manufacturing supply

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Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Ireland to invest €100 million in high-tech production lines to support operations

  Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Ireland to invest €100 million in high-tech production lines to support operations

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Ireland UC, a global leader in eye health and part of Johnson & Johnson MedTech,

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100 new jobs and additional footprint expansion announced by ICS Medical Devices

  100 new jobs and additional footprint expansion announced by ICS Medical Devices

ICS Medical Devices, a leading catheter design & manufacturing services provider, has officially opened its new manufacturing and R&D facility

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IDA Ireland launches Two New Online Self Assessment Tools for Client Companies

  IDA Ireland launches Two New Online Self Assessment Tools for Client Companies

IDA Ireland has launched two online self-assessment tools for client companies that will help companies assess current activities that enable

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IMR Manufacturing & Supply Chain Award Winners 2022

  IMR Manufacturing & Supply Chain Award Winners 2022

The 2022 IMR Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards, in partnership with Premier Publishing & Events, were revealed at a special

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£25 million awarded to scope scale-up of electric vehicle technology

  £25 million awarded to scope scale-up of electric vehicle technology

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has announced winners sharing around £25 million of government funding to assess if projects are ready

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Horizon Therapeutics to Expand its Development and Manufacturing Facility in Ireland

  Horizon Therapeutics to Expand its Development and Manufacturing Facility in Ireland

Horizon Therapeutics plc has submitted a planning application to expand its development and manufacturing facility in Waterford, Ireland, to add

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National Manufacturing Institute Scotland appoints former UKRI Challenge Director as Chief Executive Officer

  National Manufacturing Institute Scotland appoints former UKRI Challenge Director as Chief Executive Officer

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) has appointed former UKRI Made Smarter Innovation Challenge Director, Chris Courtney, as Chief Executive Officer.

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Out of control energy bills are now business threatening for 60% of British manufacturers

  Out of control energy bills are now business threatening for 60% of British manufacturers

Britain’s manufacturers are warning that their energy costs have already spiralled out of control, with nearly half reporting that their

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Glanbia Ireland reveals new identity

  Glanbia Ireland reveals new identity

Glanbia Co-operative Society Limited and Glanbia Ireland, a world-class food and nutrition business, will in future be known as Tirlán,

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UK manufacturing output falls

  UK manufacturing output falls

UK manufacturing output fell for the first time since February 2021 in the three months to August, with no growth

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Call for financial support for Irish SMEs amid ongoing energy crisis

  Call for financial support for Irish SMEs amid ongoing energy crisis

The Irish SME Association (ISME) is calling on the Government to provide greater levels of support for SME businesses in

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PPMA Total Show 2022 – the ‘must attend’ event this Autumn

  PPMA Total Show 2022 – the ‘must attend’ event this Autumn

With a myriad of new product launches, innovative technologies and live demonstrations of the latest smart manufacturing solutions, https://www.ppmashow.co.uk/ is set

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Loop Energy grows European footprint with UK expansion

  Loop Energy grows European footprint with UK expansion

Loop Energy, a designer and manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells for commercial mobility, will extend its presence in Europe by

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AFRC Forging ahead

  AFRC Forging ahead

Six major players in the forging and forming industries have joined the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC),

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IMR Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards 2022 – Finalists Announced

  IMR Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards 2022 – Finalists Announced

Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR), in partnership with Premier Publishing & Events, has announced the finalists for the IMR Manufacturing &

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Irish manufacturing output falls for second month running in July

  Irish manufacturing output falls for second month running in July

The latest PMI® survey data from AIB highlighted continued challenges across the Irish manufacturing sector in July. Output declined for

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