ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) are big ticket concerns with opportunities for improving margins (and competitiveness) as well as helping with the extinction threats of human-created global-warming. Here is yet another area for manufacturing advance. Significantly from: Phys News, April 2023.

HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicles) are a significant contributor to domestic transport emissions, specifically, they “are responsible for almost a fifth (19%) of domestic transport emissions in the UK and over a quarter across Europe” (The Manufacturer, 2023).

Sustainable manufacturing technology startup, STILRIDE, has begun to produce electric motorbikes that reduce the environmental impact of EV production by as much as 50%. STILRIDE’s manufacturing technology is called STILFOLD. The firm estimates that “…if used to build semi-trailers, STILFOLD could remove the need for approximately 360,000 HGV journeys to be made a year and prevent up to 12,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, by increasing HGVs’ load capacity by 5% and making semi-trailers more efficient” (The Manufacturer, 2023). In order to meet these estimates, the article describes a methodology that follows the guidelines of design, performance, and impact. Ultimately, we are inevitably approaching a movement towards environmental sustainability, and manufacturing will play a significant role in the success of this effort.