Cranfield maps UK reshoring capability

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 by The Manufacturer

Cranfield University is charting the nation’s reshoring capability ahead of its National Manufacturing Debate next month.

Reshoring is increasing in UK manufacturing, driven by shifting consumer preferences; a reduction of the wage gap with emerging economics; volatile international transport costs, and a desire by management to better control quality and supply chain risks.

One in six British companies has reshored production in the past three years, according to a study of more than 300 businesses by the EEF.

In the run up to its National Manufacturing Debate – taking place at Cranfield University on May 20; the institution is examining the historic and current situation with reshoring to the UK and the national capability to sustain the production returning to the nation’s shores.

The project has a number of additional aims, including identifying the issues facing companies considering reshoring and those who have already; the political, social, environmental and economic impact of reshoring; the UK national capability versus that of the US, and what is required for sustainable reshoring.

To that end, Cranfield has put together a survey to obtain manufacturer’s view on the factors affecting their reshoring decisions.

The results of the survey will collated, analysed, and presented in a white paper – UK Reshoring Capability – to be launched at the NMD.