Investing an additional £1.2bn to increase the use of robotics and automation has the potential to add as much as £60.5bn to the British economy over the next decade, forecasts new research from Barclays.
Two £10 million manufacturing research hubs to address major, long-term challenges facing the UK’s manufacturing industries, and capture opportunities from emerging research have been announced by Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson.
The UK has been promoted as somewhere with a lot of know-how and intellectual property resources, even if we aren’t always the best at commercialising it – but is that really the case? Ruari McCallion explores the R&D landscape, including government efforts to stimulate more research-intensive activity.
Stratasys, the maker of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has introduced a new soluble support material that is designed to significantly reduces the time and manpower required to clean 3D printed models.
The Finance & Leasing Association and the Manufacturing Technologies Association have released a joint report calling on the Government to help improve the future financing of high-value manufacturing by increasing the use of asset finance (leasing and hire purchase) through the Regional Growth Fund (RGF).