Given that the Brexit debate has been fixated on issues such as the backstop, customs union and single market, businesses have perhaps overlooked one particular element of our relationship with the EU that may cause them a headache right now. Intriguingly, government seems to have overlooked it as well.
In 2019, the manufacturing trends to watch include a growing need for higher skillsets among manufacturing professionals, increased pressure to embrace new set lean practices driven by Industry 4.0, and new expectations in customer experience. By Gordon Styles, president and CEO of Star Rapid.
A recent global study – After The Fall: Cost, Causes and Consequences of Unplanned Downtime* – showed the majority of companies have experienced at least one unplanned downtime outage over the past three years, costing an average $260,000 an hour across all businesses.
The skills gap in manufacturing is a significant issue, but by no means a new one. During the past 12 months, business leaders have adopted a number of new strategies to address the issue having realised that the real enabler to success today isn't technology, but people.
In 2018, The Manufacturer produced more videos than any previous 12 month period, covering key questions including: how vulnerable is the sector to cyber-attack; how is digital tech having a positive impact of on staff, how to narrow the UK’s productivity gap, what does the future of employee engagement look like, and much more.