Rationalising your supply chain

Efficiency and safety in the warehouse is critical.

End to end supply chain management is a dream for many and the recession has seen significant consolidation in manufacturing supply chains as companies seek efficiency. But how to you ensure that supply chain partners are maintaining a competitive offering and, crucially, how do you ditch those who don’t without disrupting a leaned out operation? Brian Templar, chairman at logistics consultancy Davies & Robson discusses.

Small batch supply

Confidence in the ability of third party logistics partners to provide flexible solutions is at a high says Tony Suggitt, joint managing director of Redhead International.

Patterns in relief

TMB Patterns, a UK manufacturer of thermoforming tools for the plastics packaging industry, shares its experience of using research and development tax relief consultancy, Leyton, to help maximise the benefits available from this government policy.

Lloyds Bank: Economic outlook

The manufacturing sector is facing tough times, says Rhys Herbert, senior sector economist, Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking & Markets. To navigate these tricky times, companies need to look towards opportunities outside of the UK and eurozone.

Masters of their fate

A new skills initiative will raise thousands of manufacturing employees to masters level skills, says Lynn Tomkins, UK operations director of Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.