Achieving the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development could create market opportunities worth US$12 trillion. A collaborative platform has been launched to help businesses realise those opportunities. Jonny Williamson explains how.
It is a formula as old as business itself – the bribe, the backhander that greases the wheels of commerce. Rolls-Royce has recently learned to its great cost, however, that nowadays it is also a ticket to massive fines and reputational damage.
Fred Tongue catches up with Dura Automotive Body and Glass, winner of four The Manufacturer MX Awards, including the highly sought-after Manufacturer of the Year, and learns how entering has helped the company to even greater fortune.
The manufacturing sector is experiencing a dangerous skills shortage that appears to be getting worse with every passing year. There is a great deal of blame to go around, but a significant portion of it rests with the education system. Changing that requires a change in national attitudes to manufacturing, as Nick Peters reports.
When thinking of start-ups, the image of tanned Ivy League dropouts developing complicated pieces of software from their unconventional Californian workspaces often springs to mind. But the reality of launching a business – big or small – from scratch can be very different, as is often the case with those starting up manufacturing in the UK. Rita Lobo examines the challenges of taking the first steps in manufacturing.
“Total dysfunction”. This is the verdict on the education system in England and Wales from former education secretary Lord Baker, who believes it is failing to produce young people with the skills that industry needs. Nick Peters reports.
Autodesk and Taxal recently conducted an in-depth research study into how the Internet of Things is set to transform manufacturing over the coming years. Jonny Williamson catches up with Taxal’s Allan Behrens to go through the findings and the wider implications.
It’s never been easy to be an innovator in the manufacturing sector, but the good news is that help is at hand. From bank-backed MakerSpaces to crowdfunding and support networks, Malcolm Wheatley reports on the opportunities on offer for start ups.