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UK Manufacturing

Despite its vast economic contribution across many key industries, there remains to be a general misconception around the importance of the UK manufacturing sector. With policy makers and economists alike noting the importance of having a diversified economy, the sector is coming under increasing pressure to perform. This report answers significant questions around technology, funding, innovation and competition in manufacturing.

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Published: March 2014 Download Report
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Enjoying a purple patch

Manufacturing in the UK is enjoying its rosiest period in years with output and orders up, and a wave of new investment expected. Crucially, however, it must take a long-term approach to training and technology, with strategic projects prepared to make short-term losses, writes Will Stirling

Government Funding

March of the makers

State support in boosting UK manufacturing is central in rebuilding the country’s economic fortunes, as Marcus Leroux reports


Finance from the in-crowd

New sources of finance are available for innovative companies who want to expand and create jobs, writes Charles Orton-Jones


Collaborative success for UK manufacturing

Innovation in UK high-value manufacturing is on the rise, says Catapult


Companies made to serve

Economic constraints and the need for constant reliability have created a new industry within manufacturing – servitisation. Professor Tim Baines of Aston Business School explains


Don't go ape over German success

As Britain considers mobilising her own “mittelstand” of growing mid-sized companies into a collective force, Germany’s original model remains the gold standard for success. But it could be folly to try to copy Germany, writes Will Stirling.


UK in race to make up lost time

The UK is playing catch-up in the global race to modernise manufacturing technology, but there are some British front-runners, writes Peter Marsh

Mass Customisation

Advanced manufacturing: getting what you want

Advanced manufacturing techniques are enabling greater personalisation of products on a mass scale, as Peter Marsh reports


Best place for innovation

An evermore stratified global marketplace will provide opportunities for small, innovative UK companies to play a greater role in high-value manufacturing, says Will Barton


The UK is flying high with Airbus

It’s big business and crucial to the UK economy, but Chris Johnston asks what Airbus can do for smaller companies


Making it yourself

Contrary to common perceptions, manufacturing offers opportunities for motivated entrepreneurs with a good product to make and sell, as Charles Orton-Jones discovers

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Perfect production

Andrew Kinder, industry marketing director at Infor, says manufacturers should get connected before embracing 3D printing in the quest for “perfect production”

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