Business optimism and investment intentions have improved significantly in the three-months to January, with optimism growing at the fastest pace since April 2014, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey.
Rolls-Royce is leading the “largest national engineering collaboration the UK has ever seen” to build a series of mini nuclear power stations that it claims could deliver up to £400bn in global exports, 40,000 skilled jobs, and affordable, low-carbon electricity for decades to come.
At The Manufacturer, we’re fortunate enough to visit many of the world-leading factories the UK has to offer, as well as speaking to a host of industry experts about the various challenges and triumphs they’ve experienced.
Manufacturing is second only to Information & Communication in the top ten sectors which most require job applicants to have specific digital skills - particularly those in relation to digital tools, programmes and software.
A West Midlands aluminium castings manufacturer has landed a contract to design and make electric vehicle charging points that signals a step in the right direction for developing much-needed EV infrastructure.
UK manufacturing continues to face significant change in automation and digitalisation, attitudes towards its emissions output and preparing its workforce for the future, while being beset by ever-shifting political challenges as the UK prepares to the the European Union.
The past half-decade has seen significant progress regarding the digitalisation of manufacturing, but there is still a way to go before the use of technologies, and the benefits they deliver, becomes the norm rather than the exception.