Compound semiconductors are the driving force behind many of today’s most exciting technological advancements – 5G super-fast communications, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things.
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.