The Annual Manufacturing Report 2018, published today by Hennik Research, says UK manufacturers are poised to take on the world, but are failing to pull the trigger on a bright future because of uncertainties surrounding the outcome of Brexit negotiations and the threatened shortage of skilled workers in the coming decade.
As EngineeringUK says, we need to find 20,000 more engineers a year between now and 2025. Nick Peters wonders if the story of a vibrant manufacturing sector of today is being drowned by a cultural narrative of despair that we must shake if we are to succeed.
In a place where once there was bitterness and division, partnerships are creating a brand-new future for a part of South Yorkshire where history was made. It involves AMRC, McLaren Automotive, and two very special cars.
Rarely has the ancient curse, ‘May you live in interesting times!’ seemed more appropriate. Every opportunity seems to be offset by a threat, much of the latter due to uncertainty about how the Brexit negotiations will pan out.
We were determined that Smart Factory Expo should be about much more than vendors demonstrating their latest technology to manufacturers. We wanted to give the innovators and the start-ups a look-in too.