A fall in demand hit the mechanical engineering sector as orders dropped and investment weakened during April.
Disappointing, isn't it?
President of Bosch in the UK, Peter Fouquet, says that despite an optimistic rise in engineering graduates, more needs to be done to raise awareness of the big impact that engineering has on the UK economy.
Professor Raj Roy, Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services at Cranfield, stressed the importance of investing in the whole life cost of products at MACH 2012 on Tuesday.
Tom Moore talks to those leading the charge in through-life engineering services during an industry partners day at Cranfield University.
The seminar programme for the biennial MACH exhibition has been announced and will include presentations from Rolls-Royce, the Business Growth Fund, the National Composite Centre, and Red Bull F1.