In the first half of 2018 food and drink exports hit a record £10.7bn, this figure up 5% for the same period last year. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has called for more export support in order to continue this success.
A service based approach to manufacturing a product is one level of servitization, but taking this concept to an entire factory to produce highly personalised items is an extremely ambitious plan, one that could potentially be normal in the future.
Additive manufacturing may be transforming industries such as aerospace, automotive, healthcare and tooling; but a major challenge persists - how can companies produce additive powders of a robust and repeatable quality?
Gtech, a Worcestershire-based manufacturer of vacuum cleaners and garden tools, achieved global sales of more than £17m last year after taking the Taiwanese market by storm; how can others follow suit?