Articles by Nick Peters

UK food and drink: Threats and opportunities

Digital technologies could unlock £56bn for UK food and drink industry - image courtesy of Depositphotos.
Posted on 26 Sep 2018 by Nick Peters
Food and drink is by far the biggest sector in UK manufacturing. From small local producers to global brands, the country has a brilliant track record as an innovator, exporter and world-beater in products from Scotch whisky to chocolate and cheese.

Does bad management lie behind the UK productivity puzzle?

Bad Management - UK Productivity Puzzle - View of a Businessman holding a Financial arrow going up and explosing at the end - image courtesy of Depositphotos.
Posted on 3 Aug 2018 by Nick Peters
The answer to the UK’s productivity puzzle is routinely cited as adoption of new digital technologies. It is a drum we bang all the time at The Manufacturer, but in so doing, are we ignoring a key issue that underpins business success, namely the quality of management in UK manufacturing companies?

Running up that hill… autonomously!

The 1965 Ford Mustang converted to autonomous driving - image courtesy of Matt Woods.
Posted on 16 Jul 2018 by Nick Peters
A 1965 Ford Mustang powered up the famed hill climb track at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last week. Nothing unusual about that, perhaps, given the Festival is a celebration of all things automotive, except this Mustang was driving itself autonomously, as Nick Peters reports.

Working capital: Keeping it flowing

Finance Working Capital Cash Flow - Business man squeezing one British Pound out of a money pipeline - image courtesy of Depositphotos.
Posted on 14 Jul 2018 by Nick Peters
After the 2008 crash, the banking world came close to cardiac arrest as global capital flows dried up. Few would claim that it has returned completely to normal, which offers openings for niche financial players to enter the market.

HVMC CTO, Sam Turner, makes the case for 4.0 investment

HVMC - Professor Sam Turner, CTO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult - image courtesy of Ed Shaw/Sandvik Coromant, Metalworking World.
Posted on 5 Jul 2018 by Nick Peters
Professor Sam Turner, CTO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult believes we must start making a stronger and better case for adoption now, because without the competitive advantage Industry 4.0 technologies deliver, manufacturers might well struggle in the uncertain times that lie ahead.