Boeing: Troubled dreams

As Boeing begins modifying the defective battery design used on its 787 Dreamliner planes, it admits it may never know what caused the malfunctions which grounded the fleet in January. James Pozzi reports.

Making the most of emerging markets

Got your eye on an emerging market as an export target? Ronan Martin-King talks with manufacturing supply chain veterans about the pitfalls and priorities when establishing distribution and marketing channels in new countries.

Catapults: supporting UK manufacturing growth

The National Composites Centre (NCC) say the iCAP programme "will bring composites into the digital age, increasing production rates and quality while improving efficiency and reducing cost" - image courtesy of NCC

Help is at hand for manufacturers seeking to invest in R&D around product and processes to drive growth. Peter Russell, head of manufacturing and industrials at Royal Bank of Scotland investigates how the Technology Strategy Board’s Catapult Centres provide manufacturers with a sound support package to ensure innovative ideas make it from drawing boards to market, while also challenging conventional wisdom on how UK manufacturing is done.

STEMNET: A decade of achievement

As STEMNET celebrates its 10th anniversary Kirsten Bodley, chief executive of the popular skills initiative, pays tribute to the tireless work of its STEM Ambassadors and explains why the practical programme for employer engagement works for busy professionals.