How strong is the UK’s manufacturing industry? Could it help lead the country’s recovery from recession? What needs to be done to bring it back to its old glory?
There is now widespread consensus that a thriving manufacturing industry is vital to the recovery of the UK economy. Daryl Gayler, regional managing director at RBS South Region, outlines how manufacturers in the South of England do their part to boost growth and morale in the sector by delivering best practice in a challenging business climate.
Hayley Group has 36 years experience providing a fast and efficient supply of what it terms ‘engineering essentials’ to its customers. But, as Tim Brown found out, its latest partnership with Apex Supply Chain Technologies is bringing that heritage into a new, leaner era.
Are waste-to-energy solutions too good to be true as a means to combat rising fuel and waste disposal costs? Peter Russell, head of manufacturing & industrials at RBS, considers refuse under a new light, analysing the benefits current waste-to-energy solutions are offering companies and how these will mature in coming years.
With 35 plants in operation around the world, car-maker Ford is doubling the number of models it can make on each production line from three to seven.
While university graduates will always be essential to the life sciences industry, changing conditions and end-user needs mean employers with a one track mind on skills sourcing may be at a disadvantage. Sector skills council Cogent aims to create beacons of best practice in diverse skills sourcing.
Pursuing operational excellence is an unending and task. But how hard and fast should improvement be pushed and what is the role of management in setting the pace? On October 3 manufacturing and operational excellence leaders met to discuss these questions at a Manufacturing Directors Forum event.