The closure of the Ford engine plant at Bridgend in Wales is the latest blow to the UK automotive sector, after recent announcements of job losses at JLR, the closure of Honda Swindon and slowing investment in the North East. Edward Pearcey examines the wider implications for the UK automotive supply chain.
Siemens UK has been in the vanguard of industry’s drive for a meaningful governmental industrial strategy and the adoption of digital technologies in manufacturing. Nick Peters visited the Siemens factory in Congleton, Cheshire, to discover just how well Siemens is managing its own digital revolution.
Industry commentators believe that, over time, every machine on every factory floor will have its own digital twin. Some have even been so brazen as to suggest that at least half of large industrial companies will adopt this self-learning technology by 2021.
The UK rail industry is ripe for innovation. Challenges and frustrations faced by passengers are frequently hitting the headlines. But where should the industry start with improving the customer experience? And how can it make sure that customers are listened to?