The Manufacturer was granted a rare look behind the scenes at BAE Systems’ Military Aviation and Information (MAI) division at Samlesbury in Lancashire, to witness the production lines for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Nick Peters reports.
Manufacturers expect that their investments in smart factories will drive a 27% increase in manufacturing efficiency over the next five years which would add $500bn in annual added value to the global economy.
'What if the age of offshoring has come to an end?' asks Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership. 'What if the global market is adjusting so that reshoring (or keeping production in the US to begin with) makes the most financial sense?'