Can the government’s new industrial strategy kick start a renaissance in UK manufacturing? Does the will exist among politicians, educators and business leaders to make it happen? The consequences of failure could be severe. Editorial Director Nick Peters reports.
Scratch just about any civil or military aircraft around the world and you will find a part built by Meggitt plc. The FTSE 250-quoted company has operating divisions across the globe, but its heart is in the West Midlands.
We have experienced record numbers of entrants to The Manufacturer MX Awards in November, the hottest date in the UK manufacturing calendar. We have been catching up with the 2016 winners, to see how the award has affected them going forward, and to provide a sense of the importance of these rigorously judged awards to UK manufacturing.
EEF chief executive, Terry Scuoler believes the weakened position of the post-election Tory government offers manufacturers a much better chance of fighting for a favourable Brexit and a comprehensive industrial strategy.
From the largely useless ‘I’m Backing Britain’ campaign of the 1960s, to today’s efforts to reduce the balance of payments deficit through boosting the domestic manufacturing economy, there is an underlying belief that if all of us just bought a few more things bearing the national flag, we could turn the economy around. Well, can we? Nick Peters reports.
The new Chief Technology Officer at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult is Professor Sam Turner, formerly the CTO at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, part of the HVMC. He told Nick Peters about the impact he hopes to make on UK manufacturing.