Biting back

The current state of the economy is making companies think twice about investing in a new ERP system. But is it time to revise cautious thinking, asks John Stephens, and bite back at the credit crunch?

Training for success

Linda Rawson, appointed last year as Gripple’s first learning and development manager, explains how she is implementing wide ranging training and development initiatives to encourage every employee to adopt a ‘can do’ attitude in every aspect of their work

The lean blockbuster

David Crowfoot and Toby Arnold identify the five most common problems encountered with lean manufacturing, and share their experiences of how to identify and overcome them

Eureka debunked

James Euchner, vice president advanced technology at Pitney Bowes, talks about the company’s new customer-centric approach to product innovation, and how it has trebled the number of products moving from research lab into product development

Duty bound

The staggered implementation of the Companies Act 2006 is due to reach its conclusion in October this year. Alan Wood examines just how radical the legislators have been and what the new law means for manufacturing company directors

Tales of meltdown

British manufacturers are scaling back production to an extent unseen since December 1998, states the latest CIPS report. But it is not all gloom on the ground. Colin Chinery reports

A drain on resources

Water may be an overlooked resource, but we can no longer afford to let so much money go down the drain. Debbie Giggle looks at some innovative ways of recovering and recycling waste water, and how some companies even harness it to generate power

The information mine

With investment in business intelligence software set to grow across the manufacturing sector, Malcolm Wheatley finds out how companies can harness the full business benefits of their investment