UK Manufacturing

Building Better Cars Faster With 3D Printing

Damian Hennessey | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Tech
Damian Hennessey

As the demand for new and innovative uses of 3D printing grows, the supporting technology is advancing to keep pace. 3D printing techniques - in their current processes and future iterations - provide a critical service for automotive companies looking to achieve the flexibility they need to invest more, build faster, and reduce costs.

Three Industries You Didn't Know Blockchain Is Disrupting

Keshav R. Murugesh | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Tech
Keshav R. Murugesh

Some have heralded it as the next iteration of a cashless society, a system with the potential to revolutionise archaic methods of transferring money,...

Automation Is Here To Stay And Organisations Should Welcome It

Paul Cant | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Tech
Paul Cant

The question will be how we prepare the workforce for its arrival. Businesses must now equip their staff with the digital tools and expertise they need to keep pace with these technological advances. Employees are looking to their employers to demonstrate responsible and responsive leadership.

New Talent Is The Key To Unlocking The Potential Of 3D Printing

Nick Lazaridis | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Tech
Nick Lazaridis

We need new champions of this technology who can help manufacturers understand the impact it can have on supply chain and product design. To create these leaders of the future we need to educate and inspire the next generation of designers and engineers to ensure we have the right talent to continue to grow the industry.

Got The Post-Brexit Blues? Look To The Jobs Market For Reassurance

Rob Brouwer | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Rob Brouwer

Last year was undoubtedly a year marked by unprecedented global change. As well as President Trump's unexpected electoral win, last June's decision to...

Fast Fashion, Mass Manufacture, And Meaningful Work

Tamsin Lejeune | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Style
Tamsin Lejeune

In the context of life in Myanmar, of course there is a different lens on this. Tedious work that pays is aspirational if the alternative is an inability to feed one's children. Yet, what this experience brought home to me was the depth of our double standards across the fashion industry as a whole.

Industry 4.0 Is Coming...

Simon Thomas | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Tech
Simon Thomas

The theory behind Industry 4.0 is that it will effectively create what has been called a 'smart factory', which utilises cutting edge technology, including cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing, in order to monitor the physical processes of a factory and make informed, decentralised decisions.

Planning For Life Without Zero-Tariff Trading

Richard Gane | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK
Richard Gane

Whether they like it or not, it seems likely that manufacturers across the UK are heading for a future without zero-tariff trading. Although for many ...

UK Ceramics Industry Needs More Than Platitudes From The Prime Minister

Rob Flello | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Flello

A few weeks ago I was pleased to be able to ask the Prime Minister to honour her predecessor's commitment that the needs of the UK's ceramic manufacturers will be catered for as part of the Brexit negotiation process.

The Importance Of Sustainable Fashion

Tom Hoskin | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Hoskin

Many people do not realise that fashion is the second most pollutant industry in the world behind none other than the oil industry. From over farming ...

How Long Can the UK's Balance of Payments Deficit Continue?

John Mills | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics
John Mills

The UK - and therefore its population - is living way beyond its means. We have a Balance of Payments deficit of about 7% of GDP means that, on average, we are all enjoying a standard of living which is 7% higher than we are earning. To support this unrealistic life-style we are either borrowing from abroad or selling assets to foreign interests year after year on a scale unmatched by any other developed country.

Securing a Future for the UK's Foundation Industries

Mathew Lawrence | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Politics
Mathew Lawrence

The future of the foundation industries is a microcosm of the bigger economic challenges facing the UK. How can we better balance the economy, spatia...

The Real 'Secrets of Cadbury' - Our Passionate Commitment to a Treasured British Icon

Mary Barnard | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Mary Barnard

I have the privilege of being the guardian of one of Britain's most loved brands, Cadbury, the nation's favourite chocolate. I am also the UK's number...

The Exchange Rate Is Falling and It's Good News

John Mills | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
John Mills

If you were to believe the commentariat, the recent falls in the pound are a complete disaster. According to many, we are on the edge of an economic abyss. Our country is about to be plunged into financial turmoil. And, worst of all it would seem, our summer holidays abroad have become a bit more expensive...

A Manufacturing Slump Is Impacting the UK Economy - What Must Be Done?

Simon Thomas | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Simon Thomas

The United Kingdom has a long and proud history of manufacturing. The Industrial Revolution helped put the 'Great" into Britain and put this country a...

As Companies Embrace the Circular Economy, Are They Missing a Trick?

Robin Boles | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Robin Boles

Our approach to using natural resources has changed dramatically over the last 10 years, with companies becoming more aware of the need to shift from ...

Service Exports - Clearly Visible

Nora Senior | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Nora Senior

As a UK service exporter, I feel somewhat aggrieved. Overlooked and invisible. Despite the strong and strengthening performance of service sector exports, we are often perceived as the poor relation to manufacturers. Indeed the government usually refers to the service sector as 'invisible exports', quite apt when considering where the focus of current investment is placed.

Getting Out and Being Global

Stuart Rock | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Stuart Rock

Most owner-directors of companies will recall 2008 without much pleasure. I'm one of them. It was the year when the credit crunch bared its teeth, Lehman Brothers collapsed, and the global economy spiralled downwards. And as for 2009...Well, that was a write-off year for many small businesses.

Millions To Visit Fake Medieval Cloth

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK

A piece of cloth scientifically proven to have no connection to Biblical times has gone on display in Italy, with millions expected to make the pilgri...

Historically Innovative: Heritage Brands, Thoroughly Modern Methods

Jon Wood | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Jon Wood

Surprise your customers with something new, and suddenly you'll capture attention. The impact of this surprise innovation is always greatest with traditional brands, simply because no one expects it.

Rocket Man: It's Easy to Watch the Rosetta Mission and Be Impressed, but Why Not Try Your Own Project?

Craig Tickle | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Tech
Craig Tickle

One of my college lecturers challenged us with what felt like an impossible task - take a picture of the curvature of the Earth, using items costing less than £100.

The Historical Context and Contemporary Relevance of PM Modi's 'Zero Defect, Make in India' Vision

Abhaey Singh | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics
Abhaey Singh

Given China's continuation of a broadly Anglo-Saxon model of economics and manufacture, instead of one derived from her own exemplary past - which in turn equates to a lost opportunity for all global consumers - the inherent 'Indianess' of Prime Minister Modi's manufacturing vision may ultimately be good news for all of us.

Britain Needs to Invest In Itself

John Mills | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

When all things are taken into account, the UK is investing almost nothing in its economic future. The Coalition government may have conjured some temporary growth, but this will disappear without much more new investment and if we want to avoid long-term decline we need to act right now. The hard fact is that productivity growth in the UK has ground to a halt and there's a very simple reason for this: the UK, for the first time since the start of the Industrial Revolution, has virtually stopped investing in the type of economic activities which are capable of delivering increases in output per head of the population.

Osborne's 'March Of The Makers' Is Really Flagging

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Politics

British manufacturers were "walking rather than running" in August as new figures today showed the sector endured its worst performance in 14 months. ...

How Can the UK Get Its Exchange Rate Down?

John Mills | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

In the UK we have real difficulty in facing up to having, arguably, the most overvalued currency in the world. We need to get our exchange rate down or we'll never secure sustainable long-term growth. But how does a government make this happen?