Features

Seduced by Swindon

It’s the secret manufacturing and technology hub of the South West. As Swindon ramps up its hydrogen transport cluster, Forward Swindon explains why ambitious manufacturing firms across sectors should consider establishing a footprint in the town.

Brewing up a storm

Food startup looks to automate growth
Posted on 23 Aug 2013 by

The London Craft Beer Festival brings together London’s niche craft brewing scene where those in attendance are guaranteed to have a love of quality beer. Last weekend’s festival, running from Friday to Sunday, saw Marc Sobbohi and James Pozzi travel down to the Oval Space in Bethnal Green.

Virtual reality

What’s the attraction of using simulation techniques to model production lines or plan factories and warehouses? Malcolm Wheatley investigates as manufacturers turn to the technology with increasing frequency.

Industry 4.0

Brian Holliday, divisional director at Siemens Industry, explains the technology trends shaping a new paradigm for high-value, flexible production.

Welcome to the Renaissance

Posted on 16 Aug 2013 by

The world of brewing is in something of a renaissance period. ‘Craft brewing’ is an apt description as the rise of skilled beer-makers continues. Marc Sobbohi visits Kernel Brewery in Bermondsey where the ethos strongly favours quality, not quantity.

Regulation in an alcohol nation

Regulating the alcohol industry

In 2013, the alcohol industry remains big business for the UK economy. Currently worth £37.7bn annually to the country and employing two million people, the sector provides a crucial contribution to the national purse strings. But while its value is widely acknowledged, the way in which it is regulated is a divisive issue. James Pozzi explores the regulations both progressing and inhibiting the industry.

Sparkling prospects

In yet another summer of British sporting success and Royal revelry Jane Gray raises a toast to increasing English wine production and the first ever English sparkling vintage to win gold at the Effervescent du Monde international wine competition.