Those with the greatest supply chain agility, visibility and responsiveness secure a profound competitive advantage. However, ever-more demanding customers, a volatile global trading environment, new technologies and pressing concerns around sustainability make achieving such traits a challenge for almost every business.
Cambridge-based Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is flying high with flight-ready 3D printed production parts. Jonny Williamson visited the company to discuss how it achieved its success, and find out what the future holds.
The tenth National Manufacturing Debate, hosted by Cranfield University, brought together industry and academia to discuss one of the biggest challenges facing businesses – the digitalisation of supply chains.
The closure of the Ford engine plant at Bridgend in Wales is the latest blow to the UK automotive sector, after recent announcements of job losses at JLR, the closure of Honda Swindon and slowing investment in the North East. Edward Pearcey examines the wider implications for the UK automotive supply chain.
When it comes to change management best practice, there’s an understandable leaning towards the impact on culture, leadership, training or organisational design. But, can a rethink of how you engage with your partners prompt a real growth and efficiency? George Edwards reports.