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SmartestEnergy Entrepreneurs Report

The latest Energy Entrepreneurs Report compiled by SmartestEnergy shows a 36% jump in the number of commercial scale projects in operation across the manufacturing sector in Great Britain since last year’s report.

In total, an estimated £53.3m has been invested in 38 new projects – an average of £1.4m – and taking the total invested in recent years up to £164.3m.

SmartestEnergy Energy Entrepreneurs Report 2014

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University Collaboration 2014

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The amount of money available for R&D in the UK is quite staggering: over £26bn, from public and private sources. The organisations involved from the public sector can begin to look like an alphabet soup, and just as confusing, but if businesses are serious about improving their product, it is worth spending the time to seek out the resources that are needed.

The idea of collaboration between the halls of academe and the great mills of industry are nothing new; but it is fair to say that the relationship has been revived and given new urgency by the need for advanced techniques, technology and resources.

This supplement highlights some of these partnerships and shows how industry and academia can work together to push the manufacturing sector forward.

DOWNLOAD THE UNIVERSITIES COLLABORATION SUPPLEMENT HERE.

Energy Management Supplement 2014

Energy & Sustainability

If energy – its costs and source of supply – is not at the top of the agenda of regular board meetings, it should be. The price of power has risen to levels that would, just a few years ago, have been thought to be so high that they would destabilise the entire economy.

Governments – not just our own, but across the EU and the wider world – have made a deliberate policy of driving the cost of fossil fuels up and subsidising alternatives in the
quest to make us less carbon-dependent. The challenge is to avoid the quiet calm of the graveyard and stay in productive business while getting cleaner.

The Manufacturer will be hosting its Energy and Sustainability conference in July in Manchester. Find out more here.

DOWNLOAD THE ENERGY SUPPLEMENT HERE. 

Materials Handling 2014 Supplement

The Manufacturer | 01st June 2014 | Free

Solving the practical problems around the movement, storage, control and protection of materials, goods and products has always been a crucial part of the manufacturing process. But it’s fair to say the subject of material handling has often gone under many people’s radars.

In this supplement, we give recognition to the materials handling industry as one of Britain’s most robust sectors and a key enable of recovery in the wider manufacturing base.

Health and Safety Supplement 2014

The Manufacturer | 01st April 2014 | Free

While the UK is recognised as a European leader on health and safety in the workplace there is no room for complacency when it comes to managing H&S risks.

This report looks at health and safety policy, managing stress, and materials handling standards.

The Manufacturer will be hosting its Health and Safety conference in September in London. Stay tuned to The Manufacturer events listing for details.

3M Sustainability Report 2014 – Innovation Improving Lives

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At 3M, we look at sustainability in terms of shared global needs and the future of our business. As the population grows, particularly in emerging economies, challenges like energy availability and security, raw material scarcity, human health and safety, education, and employment must be addressed to ensure people across the globe can lead healthy, fulfilling lives. With this in mind, social and environmental stewardship is core to the sustainability of our business and our vision for growth:
• 3M Technology Advancing Every Company
• 3M Products Enhancing Every Home
• 3M Innovation Improving Every Life

Starting with technology and culminating with the improvement of every life on the planet, we are committed to driving a growing business while supporting the personal growth of everyone on the planet.

Annual Manufacturing Report 2014

The Manufacturer | 02nd April 2014 | Free, Research and policy, Government

The Annual Manufacturing Report 2014 surveyed 182 UK manufacturers in Q4 2013 across five key areas: Economy, policy and risk; Finance; Automation; Skills; and ICT.

The Report (AMR) was researched by The Manufacturer magazine and produced in association with Barclays, Zurich, Pera Training, eBECS and the Automation Advisory Board.

Key findings:

  • 94% of respondents reporting that they are ‘very’ or ‘quite optimistic’; the highest figure since the survey began in 2008
  • Nine out of 10 respondents believed German manufacturers received more support from their government than companies in the UK
  • 58% of companies reported investing more in machinery/machine tools in the last financial year than they did the previous year
  • Two thirds of respondents (67%) say that they plan on spending more on IT in the next 12 months than they did in the previous year
  • More than three quarters (78%) of manufacturers reported implementing a form of automation into their manufacturing process in the last five years
  • 68% of companies provide accredited training to less than 1 in 10 workers

ERP – Simplify your strategic investment decisions

The Manufacturer | 01st April 2014 | IT, Free

As the thought-provoking articles and case studies in this report demonstrate, selecting and implementing an ERP system is no light matter.

Make the right decision though, and ERP can be truly transformative. Especially for smaller and midmarket manufacturers where ERP usually replaces a hotchpotch of spreadsheets, accounting and invoicing systems, and basic sales and works order systems.

ERP, in other words, is a journey. So on that journey, let the following pages serve as your guide.

Designing the Digital Economy

Design Commission | 14th May 2014 | IT, Research and policy, Government, Free

The Design Commission’s newest report, Designing the Digital Economy – Embedding Growth through Design, Innovation and Technology, warns the UK digital economy will not reach its full economic and social potential without the strategic application of design to ensure people, and not technologies, are at the centre of the ‘digital revolution’.

The report is the result of an eight-month inquiry chaired by Lord Inglewood of Hutton in the Forest and co-chaired by Gillian Youngs, Professor of Digital Economy at Brighton University, and makes 17 recommendations to spark policy and culture change across government and the design and technology sector.

The report will be launched formally in Parliament at a breakfast reception in the House of Lords at 8.30am, Wednesday 14th May. A press release will be issued on Tuesday 13th May.

Europe: A manifesto for growth

EEF | Research and policy, Free

Britain’s manufacturers have set out a radical plan to reform the EU and help it focus on lifting the Eurozone out of the economic doldrums.

The proposals from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation are contained in ‘Europe – A Manifesto for Growth’. They come just six weeks before the European elections in May and follow a positive business campaign to keep Britain at the heart of the EU. Proposals include a call for a reduction in the number of European Commissioners, and the creation of a powerful new Brussels-based red tape taskforce which would have a similar function to the Better Regulation Executive established in the UK. EU Manifesto report January 140214

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  • SmartestEnergy Entrepreneurs Report

    The latest Energy Entrepreneurs Report compiled by SmartestEnergy shows a 36% jump in the number of commercial scale projects in operation across the manufacturing sector in Great Britain since last year’s report. In total, an

  • University Collaboration 2014

    The amount of money available for R&D in the UK is quite staggering: over £26bn, from public and private sources. The organisations involved from the public sector can begin to look like an alphabet soup, and just as confusing,

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