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 Manufacturing 2014
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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The UK is playing catch-up in the global race to modernise manufacturing technology, but there are some British front-runners, writes Peter Marsh
Advanced manufacturing techniques are enabling greater personalisation of products on a mass scale, as Peter Marsh reports
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