One of the biggest constraints for onshore productivity in oil and gas is pipeline corrosion, estimated to cost £1.5tn globally. Now, the application of digital sensors is helping to significantly reduce the cost of monitoring the deterioration of metal, and the risk of catastrophic and costly failures.
The UK’s small and medium-sized manufacturers are being urged to take part in the latest National Manufacturing Barometer to help shape future government policy, and highlight current trends and opportunities.
The Apprenticeship Levy, which came into force in April, obliges firms with wage bills in excess of £3m to pay 0.5% of that bill towards funding the creation of three-million new apprenticeships. It is not a popular measure, but Kate Maddison-Greenwell believes that if fully embraced, it can be beneficial for all.
A national understanding and appreciation of all things manufacturing will never happen while widely-held and wholly incorrect perceptions of what industry looks like persist. Jonny Williamson busts the top five manufacturing myths.