It is one thing to advocate the power of digitalisation to transform a company’s fortunes: that tune can become a bit tired after a while. It is quite another to witness this power in action, in the form of real examples of success.
The government has today (14 June) announced plans to allow UK businesses to apply for funding via the Industry Strategy Challenge Fund initiative to increase manufacturing capacity of innovative genomic analysis technologies.
Whether they call it Industry 4.0 or “smart” manufacturing, experts worldwide are focused on how to extract data from intelligent machines and then analyse it to improve both their products and the processes used to create them.
The opportunities for UK manufacturing from digitalisation are huge – but there are risks. The need for cybersecurity is real and growing, and businesses need to take action now to protect their intellectual property, processes and to secure future customers.
Although everyone agrees that to be successful businesses must nurture and up-skill their staff, the right training path is not always obvious. EEF’s Alison Valente discusses options for manufacturers.
The story of Green’s Power, a Yorkshire-based specialist manufacturer of economisers, boilers and pressure parts, demonstrates how HM Government is supporting UK manufacturers to sell at home and abroad.
It takes more than one company to make an export happen: if you’re not exporting, but sell to a company that is, you’re helping make UK exports happen – and HM Government can offer you finance to support your cash flow.
Richard Bridgman, skills champion and founder of Thetford engineering business Warren Services, has been awarded an OBE for services to the training of young people in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
The Manufacturer has created a survey to understand how UK manufacturers are using different digital products from the shop floor to the back office. It takes just a few minutes to complete and all participants will receive a free copy of the resulting report in order for you to benchmark yourself against your peers.