Why the UK must invest in smart factories

Where does the birthplace of the first industrial revolution stand in the race to be at the forefront of the fourth iteration?

Manufacturing gets personal in Industry 5.0

Festo’s pneumatic, lightweight Bionic Cobot at the Hanover Fair

Q&A Phill Cartwright, executive chairman of the Centre for Modelling & Simulation, looks forward to the fifth industrial revolution and predicts the role humans will play in automated manufacturing

Supply chains are looking better in 3D

3D printing product development

It is proving a useful tool in enabling companies from multiple sectors to revolutionise their supply chains and 3D printing can also achieve significant cost-savings

Catapulting British innovation to success

Kuka machine

The UK is a leader in scientific research, inventiveness and great ideas, but manufacturers must do better when it comes to turning these innovations into marketable products

Where have all the mid-tier component suppliers gone?

Car Workers Inspecting Production Line

As the UK’s automotive industry prepares for Brexit, the current shortage of mid-tier component suppliers is a growing concern and vehicle manufacturers could be forgiven for looking elsewhere

Interview: Stephen Daintith, CFO, Rolls-Royce

A very modern finance chief, punk rock fan Stephen Daintith is the new arrival at Rolls-Royce

How the UK can compete with the world’s best exporters

Employee welding parts at the Brompton Bicycle factory in London

The UK does not manufacture and export enough, but there are lessons to be learnt which could transform fortunes

Could it all be made in China by 2025?

Chinese manufacturing technology

China’s manufacturing base faces major challenges as the global economy continues to evolve, but Beijing has a master plan