British companies outside the automotive sector lag way behind European competitors in automation investment. Industry experts identify current trends in automation and suggest the way forward, reports Brian Davis.
Provisions made by the previous government to allow additional paternity leave to expecting fathers, are about to come into effect and commitment to further change has been made by the current administration. But what will the changes mean for manufacturing’s male dominated businesses?
The benefits of aligning lean thinking with green intentions are touted by some practitioners and consultants as a new paradigm for lean and green success. Proponents of the pairing argue that the combination will extend all boundaries previously considered possible for each alone. But to what extent is this simply lobbying from green activists who want to see environmental considerations pushed higher up the corporate agenda?
While a trip to the acclaimed land of song won’t necessarily include a recital of uplifting melodic harmonies, there is an optimism in the nature of Welsh industry that takes centuries of adversity in its stride. Tim Brown reports
With the findings from the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Review due imminently, ahead of next month’s Budget, Mark Young finds that manufacturers are facing myriad barriers to climbing higher up the growth curve.