Innovative businesses creating green alternatives to plastic bottles, cosmetic beads and synthetic materials are being backed by new funding from the government and Sky. Simon Edmonds reports on these and on new funding opportunities for UK manufacturers.
From vehicles and consumer electronics, to healthcare devices and energy generation, every aspect of our lives has become increasingly dependent on batteries. As such, the commercial opportunities around innovative new energy storage technologies has become a strategic focus – not to mention a significant new revenue driver – for individual businesses, research institutions and entire nations.
In a quiet suburb on the outskirts of Coventry you will find NP Aerospace, a defence company manufacturing bomb suits, armour plates, ballistic helmets and customised vehicles for the world’s armies and law enforcement agencies. Maddy White visited the site.
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.
As backbench MPs write a letter to the Prime Minister advising against a 'No-Deal' Brexit and lorries engage in a border disruption dress rehearsal in Kent, more British manufacturers have announced contingency plans.
Safety seal specialist, Roxtec UK has seen turnover rise to £6m thanks to several major orders, including Scotland's largest offshore wind farm and the polar research vessel, the 'RRS Sir David Attenborough'.
The Bristol-based National Composites Centre has received a £36.7m government investment for research and development, which it says will make the UK a world leader in composites for the aerospace, automotive, and construction sectors.