Industrial Strategy

The smart technologies set to change manufacturing

Various types of manufacturing in action that utilise smart technologies. Microsoft email header image - image courtesy of APS
Smart technologies are becoming increasingly ubiquitous in our day to day lives. From smartphones to smart homes, the dramatic increase in power and sophistication of technology is opening up new technological frontiers and promising endless possibilities for the development of many different industries, particularly manufacturing.

Robots don’t steal jobs, they create them

Smart Factories - image courtesy of University of Warwick WMG.
Contrary to popular speculation that robots could take British jobs, new data exclusively shared with The Manufacturer has revealed that the majority of industry professionals (63.3%) have never witnessed job losses as a result of the introduction of robots or automated processes.

Creating value in the global steel industry

UK Steel Mill Factory Foundry - image courtesy of Pixabay.
Recent forecasts (Hatch Consulting Group) estimate that global demand for steel could grow by a third – nearly 500m tons – by 2030, mainly driven by construction, infrastructure, automotive, energy and capital goods. So why do we hear so much negative news about this vital industry, and how can it return to profitability?