Fresh ideas in manufacturing is what keeps this industry vibrant and moving towards the future – and at ‘Innovation Alley’ at the Smart Factory Expo in Liverpool, there’s no shortage of new and exciting businesses trying to stand out from the crowd.
Smart Factory Expo’s ‘Best of British’ exhibition is exactly that - a host of new and well-established UK firms showcasing a range of industry disciplines that The Manufacturer deems the cream of the crop.
The government is looking for the most effective ways to cut industrial greenhouse gas emissions, as part of £315m investment drive to decarbonise heavy industry and reach its target of net zero emissions by 2050.
The food and drink sector is not, on the face of it, an obvious candidate for the attentions of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult network, thanks to its traditional reliance on manual labour and the large number of SMEs involved. But Ken Young, Technology Director at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), believes the sector is ripe for a digital revolution.
AG Barr has been quenching Scotland’s thirst since 1875, and its iconic IRN-BRU was born in 1901. Maddy White visited the company’s Milton Keynes site to discuss its expansion plans, its moves to reduce sugar levels, and how technology can drive up quality.
Growing regulatory change and uncertainty is impacting the vast majority of UK process manufacturers, but they are responding by investing in new technologies and leveraging the cache surrounding 'Brand Britain'.