Long-term policies that support regional productivity levels, extra funding for SMEs, and the bolstering of existing industrial initiatives, are among a raft of recommendations by a cross-party think tank for ensuring the future of Britain’s manufacturing industry.
Rosa Wilkinson explains the vital role of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult in boosting the manufacturing sector, supporting small and emerging businesses and promoting the technologies that will be the bedrock of tackling climate change, healthcare and more.
The new head of a £50m advanced facility for creating cleaner mobility is targeting participation in more than £20m of collaborative industrial research projects this year as the race to electrification gathers pace.
A wholesale review of business rates and a country-wide network of Catapult clusters backed up by a “pro-enterprise economic policy”, are among a raft of measures the Confederation of British Industry has submitted to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of his 2020 Budget.
An increased global emphasis on low carbon initiatives is set to significantly increase the demand for batteries, leading to concerns surrounding the responsible management of lead throughout the lifecycle of automotive and industrial batteries.
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.
It's been announced that Dick Elsy, CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult will retire in August 2020, having steered the organisation to become the largest advanced manufacturing research institution in Europe.
Hundreds of North West-based small and medium-sized manufacturers have secured support in the first year of the Made Smarter programme, with 62 investing £5.4m to adopt new technologies - supported by £1.6m of matched funding.