Features

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.

Generate your own energy

Posted on 1 Aug 2013 by

Cutting your energy costs in half. Having your own power station. Buying energy at wholesale prices. Coming off the grid. All of this sounds fanciful, but that’s the future of manufacturing, according to energy expert Peter Rolton.

Stop failing young talent

Posted on 23 Jul 2013 by

Semta’s chief executive, Sarah Sillars, OBE, examines the UK’s poor careers advice services. They are blocking many young people’s paths to fulfilling careers in engineering and advanced manufacturing she says.