Articles by Nick Peters

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!

autonomous vehicles - 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.

Bonding with Loctite

Engineers from car mechanics through to advanced manufacturing engineers are likely to have a tube or bottle of Loctite threadlocker to hand.
Posted on 18 Jun 2018 by Nick Peters
Loctite adhesives have been used in manufacturing for decades, but the rapid change in the way materials are used mean the German firm that owns Loctite is on a never-ending quest to ensure manufacturers have a range of adhesive products that are effective and environmentally safe.

UK is a world leader in 3D printing

Posted on 5 Jun 2018 by Nick Peters
New research by consultants A. T. Kearney, commissioned by printer manufacturer HP Inc, says Germany is the only European country with a more positive environment for the technology to transform manufacturing. But as Nick Peters reports, all is not plain sailing.