The £4bn takeover of the FTSE 250 defence manufacturer Cobham is being resisted by a family shareholder, according to a report in The Times, amid fears about the 'hollowing out' of the UK's defence manufacturing base.
Manufacturing is in need of its own digital disruptor in order to break the status quo and shake businesses out of their current level of complacency. Nick Wright, head of Manufacturing Industries at the Digital Catapult, reports.
Twelve manufacturing business leaders have embarked on an eight-month Made Smarter Leadership Programme, run in collaboration with Lancaster University Management School and the government-backed £20m Made Smarter initiative for North West manufacturers.
Success may have many parents, but Industry 4.0 has only one: Henrik von Scheel. He talks to The Manufacturer about where manufacturing is heading – and why UK industry has a long-term competitive advantage.