Insight into modern manufacturing was produced in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers under the banner of Engineering the Future and tells the story of present-day manufacturing in the UK from the perspective of the manufacturers themselves.
The aim of this report is to highlight some of the paths to growth that manufacturers are following and to spell out some of the challenges that they continue to face. Using the words of the manufacturers themselves, the report aims to build a realistic picture of the issues that confront industry and to point to areas where Government can help UK manufacturing to become globally competitive.
In many respects, this is a complementary report to a series of in-depth reports on UK manufacturing including Professor John Perkins’ Review of Engineering Skills, “The Future of Manufacturing” Foresight Report, and the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group’s report “Making Good”. The aim is that this report should be read in conjunction with these studies as it clearly provides evidence, through the voice of the manufacturers themselves, to the inescapable commonalities and overlaps of the industry’s concerns. The report will dispel some myths, reveal the diversity of UK manufacturing and help promote a greater understanding of UK manufacturing and how it contributes to the UK economy.