One of the West Midlands' fastest growing manufacturing outsourcing specialists is on track to achieve record sales this year and is now exploring the possibility of future acquisitions and expansion into North America.
How do you summarise the takeaways from 186 interactive roundtable discussions, more than a dozen keynote talks, two panel discussions and countless conversations at the coffee station? Here are my own highlights from the two days.
Aston Martin Lagonda has officially opened its second manufacturing plant in the UK, signalling “a huge vote of confidence” in British automotive industry – according to the carmaker’s group president.
Can the leadership qualities and teamwork developed in the US Navy's elite Top Gun fighter squadron make a difference to productivity and prosperity in UK manufacturing? A former Top Gun commander passionately believes they can.
Urgency around the green agenda has in recent months escalated, and with people from all walks of life scrambling to ensure their carbon footprint is reduced in line with intergovernmental treaties, the pressure on energy-intensive industries to fall in line is rapidly increasing too.
Direct to Consumer (DTC) sales is a growing phenomenon, disrupting traditional goods-to-market approaches by allowing manufacturers to sell direct, usually through their own online sales channels, instead of via wholesalers, retailers and other third parties.