The Manufacturer: Top 10 news stories of 2018

Posted on 2 Jan 2019 by Maddy White

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 our Editorial team have reported over the past 12 months.

Here are the 10 news stories of 2018 our audience of manufacturing decision-makers engaged with the most!

The Manufacturer MX Awards 2018 - (Centre) - Accolade Wines' Richard Lloyd and Alison Beard-Gunter - image courtesy of The Manufacturer.
(Centre) – Accolade Wines’ Richard Lloyd and Alison Beard-Gunter – image courtesy of The Manufacturer.

1) The Manufacturer MX Awards 2018 winners announced

On the evening of November 15, the elite of the UK manufacturing community gathered for a glittering gala dinner to celebrate The Manufacturer MX Awards 2018, and what a night it was.

The announcement of the successful finalists culminated in the reveal of the winners of the prestigious ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ Award 2018, which was picked up by Accolade Wines.

2) Which countries are best placed for the future of production?

A 2018 report released by the World Economic Forum revealed that only 25 countries are in the best position to gain, as production systems stand on the brink of exponential change. Is the UK among them?

3) The Manufacturer Top 100 2018 officially revealed

The most inspirational individuals working in UK industry were announced during The Manufacturer’s flagship Digital Manufacturing Week in Liverpool at a gala reception celebrating the launch of The Manufacturer Top 100 2018 report.

4) Consumers prepared to pay up to 22% more for Brand Britain

As Britain prepares to negotiate fresh trade deals abroad, new global research from Barclays Corporate Banking revealed that 39% of international consumers would be more inclined to buy a product if it displayed the Union Jack.

Executives gathered to discuss how best to take advantage of and leverage the power of digital technology at Industrial Data Summit.

Industrial Data Summit: Insight at Scale

Industrial Data Summit is the UK’s largest gathering of manufacturing data professionals.

100 data-minded executives from the UK’s largest automotive, aerospace, defence, electronics, pharma, food and electronics manufacturers, coming together to talk about the role of big data in their businesses.

This uniquely interactive one-day conference allows delegates to choose which conversations to join and which speakers they sit alongside, ensuring you only have conversations meaningful to you and your goals.

Don’t miss out! 10 April 2019 | London

5) Latest stats reveal top 10 most automated countries

The automation of production is accelerating around the world, according to figures published by the International Federation of Robotics, which shows global robot density is on the rise.

6) Just 6% of UK 16-23 year-olds considering careers in manufacturing

A career in industry is failing to appeal to the next generation of designers, makers and innovators, with only 3% of young women contemplating a job in manufacturing or engineering.

Made Smarter Productivity Digitalisation Technology Industry 4 4IR Digital - Stock Image7) Treasury backs Made Smarter with £25.6m pilots announced

The Chancellor launched a review of business productivity to boost the UK’s performance and deliver higher wages for people across the country.

8) Beavertown partners with Heineken and it isn’t to everyone’s taste

Independent London brewery, Beavertown, announced in June that beer giant Heineken would obtain a minor stake in the company. Was this another craft beer producer selling out?

9) 200mph electric supercar to be built in the UK

A 200mph electric supercar – dubbed a “British engineering tour de force” – is to be developed and built by new company, Dendrobium Automotive.

10) The winners of EEF’s annual photography competition announced

Gifted photographers from across the UK captured iconic manufacturing images that portray the boldness and creativity of British manufacturing for EEF’s ninth annual national photography competition.