ccording to the latest Investment Monitor 2017/18 from manufacturing industry organisation the EEF, the UK is spending significantly less on machinery and equipment than its major European counterparts, many of which are ahead of us in terms of productivity. The UK, for example, uses only 71 robots per 10,000 employees, compared with 301 in Germany. […]
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Above: Rayner Surgical Group’s New Facility in Worthing, E Sussex, houses manufacturing operations, R&D laboratories, pre-production experimental factory and offices. Cataract surgery takes a matter of minutes and, with over 300,000 procedures carried out each year, it’s the most common surgery in the UK. Grateful patients have a man called Harold Ridley to thank […]
With the global manufacturing industry rapidly moving towards robotisation, automation and mass customisation, more and more manufacturers are looking to introduce digital technology at every stage in their supply chain in order to enhance their operational performance, become more competitive and, ultimately, futureproof their businesses. orward-thinking manufacturers recognise the importance of seamless end-to-end supply chain […]
MICRO POWER By Peter Marsh The UK is home to many relatively small manufacturers, who focus on tightly constrained sectors that require much technical capability and have an accent on ‘bespoke’ production. It is, for instance, the world’s centre for making Formula 1 racing cars – engineering-intensive vehicles made in tiny volumes and where almost […]
A good year for motorcycle makers in Britain, with three iconic brands reporting high sales, investment and more good news late in the year.
The UK’s space industry is a big hitter in small satellites and niche projects, supplying advanced equipment to NASA, the ESA and other space agencies and businesses. by Malcolm Wheatley
When people think of the chemical manufacturing hubs of the world, the vast network of refineries in Texas, Singapore or the Middle East spring first to mind – but the United Kingdom is actually the 11th largest chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturer in the world.
The UK furniture sector went through traumas in the late 20th and early part of this century but it has recovered strongly. It is now larger than many realise and operates within a diverse marketplace.
The bitter pill of the loss of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from London may be sweetened by the news of both inward and domestic investments announced during 2017, and the possibility of closer scrutiny of formulation and production of post-Brexit UK therapies by the EU may be balanced by the LifeSciences sector deal in the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Sarah Houlton reports.
The UK food and drink industry is fighting battles on many fronts, more than one of them bound up with the challenges of Brexit. Paul Gander reports.