Contrary to some views, British electronics manufacturing has not been killed off by the cheap cost base of Asia and low cost economies. Offshoring of UK competitors to Asia has presented opportunities to the companies that remained here, and a few well placed firms now provide the essential high quality, low volume products UK customers want that are less feasible to produce in some countries. TM talks to David Taylor of ACW Technology about staying at home.
As companies who face falling demand for their products restructure to survive the recession, access to credit is imperative to allow controlled downsizing and to minimize redundancies. Will Stirling examines which borrowing options are available to manufacturers and asks if the Government’s loan guarantee schemes have made credit as accessible as some companies hope.
At a dinner hosted by British Gas Business and The Manufacturer magazine, several representatives of manufacturing firms across the UK met with Jeff Whittingham and Tim Hooper of British Gas Business to discuss the most pressing issues affecting manufacturers today – and how a new way of managing energy usage could deliver significant cost savings. Becky Done reports
Bob Gibbon, managing director at the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing, explains why an economic downturn is the right time for employers to undertake an organisational skills audit, identify where the gaps are and invest in the training of its existing staff to ensure that those gaps are plugged
It is no secret that protecting intellectual property rights (IPR) and maintaining good product quality in China is a challenge. Ross Parsonage, senior associate at Rouse & Co. in Beijing, explains some of the issues facing UK companies which work with Chinese partners.
Business investment has been a key driver of the improved competitiveness of manufacturing in recent years. Investment in intangibles and capital equipment has supported companies’ efforts to raise innovation performance and develop new offerings for customers.