Ian Wright, chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation - which represents manufacturers of food and non-alcoholic drinks in the UK, sits down with Nick Peters to discuss the challenges facing the sector. There are plenty to go around.
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.
The UK wine and spirit industry is made up of whiskies (other than Scotch), gin and spirits distillers, brewers and winemakers, and they have an enviable reputation worldwide, doing much to add lustre to Brand UK.
The 2016 review 'Modernise or Die' provided a damning insight into the state of the UK construction sector and its structural issues, principally a growing shortage of labour that threatened it with ruin.
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?
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.
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.
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.