UK manufacturing is thriving ‐ despite economic and political uncertainty. British businesses are among the most innovative in the world, investing significant sums into R&D and embracing new technologies to compete on the global stage.
Industrial businesses across the Sheffield City Region are holding back on investment in productivity-improving technologies such as robotics and automation because of poor access to funding, skills and hands-on ‘demonstrators’.
The world has drastically changed for discrete manufacturing, and only now are many organisations realising that they haven’t driven sufficient innovation in their supply chains to respond to these challenges.
How can manufacturers develop sophisticated customisable products at scale, such as printing electronics onto large curved glass surfaces, that are affordable both for the manufacturer and for the consumer?
From long-distance ‘fabric handle’ to radical shortening of bespoke production schedules, it’s clear that in this age of digital transformation, manufacturers’ ambitions are limited only by their own imagination
Customers’ acceptance of a one-size-fits-all product may be ending, but the demand for more personalised, unique experiences doesn’t have to cause the production challenges many manufacturers believe it will.
For manufacturers trying to juggle greater product complexity and customer demand for personalised, unique experiences, 3D configuration tools offer the ability to quote complex products with confidence.
Over the past 10 years, the issue of stagnating UK productivity has grown to seem almost unstoppable. Each multifactor release from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) offers few signs of hope — to the point that no individual solution seems sufficient to tackle such an overwhelming problem.
Government, industry and trade unions have come together in an unprecedented way to launch a new set of Guiding Principles to help companies and the workforce make the most of the increasing drive towards a new digital era for manufacturing.