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.
Workforce and skills
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.
At The Manufacturer, we are lucky enough to visit world-leading factories. This year we've been to the elite in automotive and additive manufacturing facilities, and even the UK's largest supplier of own-label gin and vodka - to name a few. Here are our top features of 2018!
Innovation is pivotal for businesses to remain globally competitive. Naturally then it has been a key talking point throughout the year. From the commercial opportunities of graphene to clear 3D printing and flat wine bottles, here are the top 10 innovation stories of 2018!
Last Month, The Manufacturer attended a panel discussion at the House of Lords which recognised the clear problems that industry faces over achieving more equal gender balance. Recruiting is poor, retention is poor and progress is glacial. Can we ever overcome this?
Recently released figures show Gripple had a record-breaking year, with profits in 2017 soaring 21% to £6.5m. But profit isn’t the core driver behind the continued success of this Sheffield-based wire joining solutions manufacturer, 100% employee ownership is. Michael Hodgson explains.
Search ‘Digital Transformation’ online and you’ll get about 450,000,000 results. Rather than having to sift through all of them, here’s a useful guide which touches on almost every aspect of your organisation and how digital technology can help make them more effective.