The 100 people judged by their industrial peers to represent the very best of UK manufacturing were honoured at a ceremony in Liverpool in November 2019, during Digital Manufacturing Week. Here are a few of the people and memories from that evening.
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.
Manufacturing is second only to Information & Communication in the top ten sectors which most require job applicants to have specific digital skills - particularly those in relation to digital tools, programmes and software.
More than 90% of the manufacturers investing in employee wellbeing and flexible working have seen a corresponding increase in workforce productivity and staff relations, according to a major new study.
The Apprentice Automation Challenge – formerly known as the Home Automation Challenge – is the highly successful programme run by IMechE to encourage young engineers to stretch their imaginations and skills – and for the winner to earn a handsome prize of £2,000.
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.
UK manufacturing continues to face significant change in automation and digitalisation, attitudes towards its emissions output and preparing its workforce for the future, while being beset by ever-shifting political challenges as the UK prepares to the the European Union.
The past half-decade has seen significant progress regarding the digitalisation of manufacturing, but there is still a way to go before the use of technologies, and the benefits they deliver, becomes the norm rather than the exception.
Rather than making human jobs obsolete, advanced digital technologies have the potential to maintain, vastly improve and augment human skills, opening up new opportunities for businesses. Nowhere is this truer than here in the UK.