Over the past 12 months, UK manufacturing faced a variety of challenges and opportunities, both global and domestic. The Manufacturer covered all of them.
TM has interviewed international leaders, learnt about the latest in automation, observed the shift to service-based approaches in manufacturing and the complete adoption of digitalisation, and noted how business models are continuing to transform.
From sustainability, to innovation, big data, IoT and how to be more tactical with financial matters, here is everything important that happened in UK manufacturing over the last 12 months.
Innovation is pivotal for businesses to remain globally competitive. Naturally then it has been a key talking point throughout the last year.
From the commercial opportunities of graphene to clear 3D printing and flat wine bottles, innovation remains crucial to securing future prosperity.
- The future of 3D printing is clear
- The main barriers to innovation manufacturers face
- Marchant Cain: The ultimate innovators
Read our top innovation stories of 2018: www.themanufacturer.com/articles/the-manufacturer-top-10-innovation-stories-of-2018/
Growing numbers of manufacturing companies are successfully extracting, analysing and visualising their ‘big data’ to generate tangible, business-enhancing insights.
- Three vital steps to analysing Big Data
- Advanced analytics: the key to understanding your data
- The block chain supply conundrum
Find out key 2018 data strategies here: www.themanufacturer.com/articles/manufacturers-utilise-big-data-2018/
Switching to service
Embracing a service-based approach has been a priority for many manufacturers last year, as it can boost and open new revenue streams, and help strengthen customer relationships.
- Transforming farming with agribots
- 5 steps to successful field servitization
- Servitization: Embracing customer, boosting revenues
Read 2018’s leading servitization stories: www.themanufacturer.com/articles/switching-to-service-tms-top-servitization-stories-of-2018/
Digital transformation has been a crucial focus for UK manufacturing in 2018, and over the past year TM has reported how leaders have managed to overcome challenges and successfully transform their businesses.
- The power of Artificial Intelligence in manufacturing
- Which countries are best placed for the future of production?
- Industry 4.0: A sustainable roadmap for midsized manufacturers
Read the best digital transformation stories: www.themanufacturer.com/articles/digital-transformation-look-like-2018/
If you were to list the big trends of 2018, at the top of the list would be sustainability. The world has witnessed a significantly increased emphasis on developments relating to plastic packaging, electric vehicles, battery technology, circular economy models, and much more.
- Plastic: Recycling the unrecyclable
- Is it realistic for half of new UK car sales to be low carbon by 2030?
- UK gov’t pledges £170m to help heavy industry decarbonise
Read our top sustainability stories: www.themanufacturer.com/articles/sustainability-stories-2018-need-know/
The skills gap in manufacturing is a significant issue, but by no means a new one. During the past 12 months, business leaders have adopted a number of new strategies to address the issue having realised that the real enabler to success today isn’t technology, but people.
- Addressing the manufacturing gender gap
- The UK needs a more flexible model for labour migration
- Can you teach an old industry new tricks?
Learn how businesses addressed the skills gap last year: www.themanufacturer.com/articles/manufacturings-answer-skills-gap-2018/
IoT technologies, enhanced connectivity and artificial intelligence are fundamentally reshaping what it means to manufacture.
At The Manufacturer, we publish real-world cases of how IoT tech is being impressively, and creatively, utilised.
- The four technological drivers of manufacturing’s revolution
- A trio of IoT success stories
- IoT, connectivity & data analytics are transforming manufacturing
Read how to integrate IoT into your business: www.themanufacturer.com/articles/how-was-iot-technology-utilised-in-2018/
Automation forms a core part of Industry 4.0, replacing laborious tasks with automated processes and in doing so upskilling the workforce. Robots, cobots and more took centre stage last year.
- Robots could create double the jobs they displace by 2022
- What were the robotics trends of 2018?
- Stats reveal top 10 most automated countries
Learn how to automate your business effectively: www.themanufacturer.com/articles/the-manufacturer-top-automation-articles-of-2018/
Manufacturers face many opportunities and challenges when it comes to financial matters. Over the last year, we have reported the economic benefits of being British-made, how to monetise your innovation and addressing late payments as an SME.
- £200m Nuclear Sector Deal announced; days after Tidal Lagoon rejected
- Gtech: Taking international markets by storm
- What support are UK manufacturers asking for?
Read our top finance stories: www.themanufacturer.com/articles/the-manufacturer-top-10-finance-stories-of-2018/
Interviews, features, video and news
UK manufacturing continues to grow from strength to strength amid significant domestic, global and technological disruption. That growth has been reflected in much of the news, features, interviews and videos our Editorial team have reported over the past 12 months.
We are also lucky enough to visit world-leading factories. This year we’ve been to the elite in automotive and additive manufacturing facilities, and even the UK’s largest supplier of own-label gin and vodka – to name a few.
- The Manufacturer MX Awards 2018 winners announced
- 200mph electric supercar to be built in the UK
- The winners of EEF’s annual photography competition was announced
Read our top news stories: www.themanufacturer.com/articles/the-manufacturer-top-10-news-stories-of-2018-so-far/
- Renishaw: The measure of success
- Hayaatun Sillem – newly appointed chief exec of the Royal Academy of Engineering
- UK construction industry must ‘Modernise or Die’
Learn from leading industry figures: www.themanufacturer.com/articles/uk-construction-industry-must-modernise-or-die/
- McLaren Automotive: The power of partnerships
- British Rototherm: Made to measure
- G&J Distillers: The spirit of success
Read our top features of 2018: www.themanufacturer.com/articles/manufacturer-top-10-features-2018/
This year, TM produced more videos than any previous 12 month period, covering key questions including: how vulnerable is the sector to cyber-attack; how is digital tech having a positive impact of on staff, how to narrow the UK’s productivity gap, what does the future of employee engagement look like, and much more.
Here is TM’s editorial director, Nick Peters speaking with Siemens UK CEO Juergen Maier, about the £20m North West Pilot announcement that was made at The Manufacturer’s Digital Manufacturing Week.
Watch the best videos of 2018: www.themanufacturer.com/articles/manufacturer-top-10-videos-2018/