26 May, 2024

Smart technology integration demands digital skills and investment

21 May, 2024

The increasing demand to integrate smart technology into both hydraulic and pneumatic equipment within the manufacturing sector emphasises the pressing need for new digital skills and increased governmental investment and support to help with this technological advancement. Traditionally, these systems have been pivotal in manufacturing processes, but the infusion of smart technology is reshaping their capabilities.


Spring Budget 2024: Future workforce concerns unaddressed

26 March, 2024

The Spring Budget 2024 presented a mixed bag of promises and omissions, leaving critical areas of concern unaddressed. While EngineeringUK applauded the Government’s pledge to invest in key sectors like engineering and technology, and its recognition of the importance of Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) through initiativ es such as the Green Industries Growth Accelerator (GIGA), there’s a glaring absence in the narrative – the future workforce. Without a concerted effort to nurture skilled young individuals, the growth and competitiveness of UK businesses in vital sectors could be compromised


Manufacturers enter 2024 with renewed optimism

01 February, 2024

As we step into 2024, the manufacturing landscape in Britain appears to be more positive with a renewed sense of optimism, according to a major survey conducted by Make UK and PwC. The findings underscore a significant shift in perception, with British manufacturers increasingly viewing the UK as a more competitive destination compared to last year, outpacing their European counterparts.


Autumn Statement: A positive impact for UK manufacturing?

04 December, 2023

The Chancellor’s recent Autumn Statement has resulted in mixed opinions among industry leaders, highlighting both commendations and reservations within the manufacturing sector.


Embracing digitalisation amid global challenges

30 October, 2023

In a world marked by constant change, adaptability is the key to thriving in any industry. The hydraulics and pneumatics sectors are no exception. As global challenges continue to mount, from climate change and supply chain disruptions to significant geopolitical conflicts, companies in these sectors must transform to remain competitive and sustainable.


The imperative of collaborative action in UK Manufacturing

27 September, 2023

With recent positive news that the UK’s manufacturing sector has climbed one place to eighth in the world rankings, overtaking France in the process, Make UK’s latest Regional Manufacturing Outlook report offers an insightful examination that not only illuminates the sector’s current status but also prompts a reflection on the challenges and potential opportunities that lie ahead as we approach the end of the year.


Addressing the UK manufacturing skills gap

29 August, 2023

The UK’s manufacturing sector stands at a crucial crossroads, embracing the digital industrial revolution to bolster productivity, enhance energy efficiency, and confront the dual challenges posed by the Covid pandemic and the impact of Brexit on supply chains.


The need for a long-term industrial vision

27 June, 2023

Britain’s manufacturers are seeing a continued rebound in activity in the second quarter of the year, easing fears of a significant recession according to a survey published by Make UK and accountancy and business advisory firm BDO.


The need to be ahead of the curve

11 May, 2023

The latest UK Manufacturing PMI has shown that despite difficult conditions, UK manufacturers maintained a positive outlook in April. Optimism rose to a 14-month high, with over 61% of companies reporting that they expect output to rise during the coming year.


Budget 2023 highlights challenges & opportunities

22 March, 2023

The hydraulics and pneumatics industry is primarily driven by manufacturing, construction, and the engineering sectors, and any changes in government policies and funding can obviously impact these industries, leading to a ripple effect on the hydraulics and pneumatics industry


The skills issue

20 February, 2023

With engineering job vacancies currently on the wane after a more buoyant early and middle part of last year, it would seem economic uncertainty is the likely nub of the problem. Following a period in the first half of 2022, which saw engineering vacancy numbers undulate month-on-month, the summer period saw steady jobs growth, peaking in August before beginning to slow as September’s economic jitters kicked in. This is according to analysis by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).


The rise and rise of industrial robotics

28 November, 2022

Robots in one form or another have held a fascination in the public psyche since the ancient world. The philosopher Mozi discussed humanoid automatons in the 4th Century CE, while discussions concerning artificial companions and servants are found in the ancient legends of Cadmus, who, legend has it, sowed dragon’s teeth that magically morphed into soldiers. Some will remember the robot in the 1960s TV series Lost In Space and its friendly and helpful (though sometimes a little obstinate) human-like character. Then, there is Star Wars’ C-3PO and the list goes on. More recently, several companies have been designing and developing humanlike robots for healthcare, general assistance and companionship. Also, more and more children and young adults are becoming fascinated by a growing number of celebrity robots and the way they ‘come to life’ through artificial intelligence (AI).


Understanding the scope and potential of digitalisation

25 October, 2022

There is growing interest, coupled with a fair amount of remaining confusion, surrounding digital transformation. As editor, I’m aware that many readers of this journal certainly want to know how digitally transformative technologies can play a positive part in their companies’ road to business and operational optimisation and development. So, reflecting on sources that could throw more light on the topic within the context of manufacturing and supply chain issues, I remembered some recent Talking Industry panel discussions.


Reflections

27 September, 2022

The sad loss of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96 has naturally elicited many a reflection from subjects of all backgrounds and professions. While some will remember specific events or moments at which they may have played their own part, possibly even involving a face-to-face meeting with our longest-serving monarch, many will reflect that, for most Britons, Queen Elizabeth has been the only sovereign they have known during their lifetime, spanning a truly impressive 70 years of service to the nation.


Automation advantage

23 August, 2022

We hear more and more about the growing implementation of robotics and automation technology within UK industry. Compared with some other developed nations, we may be slower on the uptake of such technology, but it is increasingly changing our day-to-day lives in the workplace. Indeed, a recent survey done by ABB Robotics found that of 250 SME and manufacturing companies, 81.2% were considering incorporating robotics into their processes to combat issues with workforce shortages and supply chain disruptions.


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