Manufacturing Articles


IET action plan sets out ‘next steps’ for Sustainable Manufacturing in the UK

Delivering the ambition for a Post-Brexit UK to create significant social, economic and environmental impact, this report sets out the how, who, what, when, where and why for action on sustainable manufacturing over a five-year period.


Call for Case Studies - UK SMEs!!

The HVM Catapult and IET are interesting in hearing from companies of any size and from any sector who have installed automation or are thinking of doing so. We want to hear from you if you have had positive or negative experiences, why you looked at automation and what benefits you’ve received from implementing automation.


Brand new £5 million Advanced Engineering & Construction Centre at Bedford College

On 9 February 2017, in Hangar 1 at Cardington Airfield, Bedford College will unveil plans for its new £5 million Advanced Engineering & Construction Centre.

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£15 million innovation boost for UK manufacturers

The UK’s innovative manufacturing and materials SME businesses received a boost when a new £15 million competition opened from Innovate UK to encourage the latest revolutionary ways of making things and grow the UK’s manufacturing sector.

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Sustainable Manufacturing

The Design & Production Sector will seek to highlight cross sector best practice and key innovations for the reduction in resource usage and waste throughout the whole supply chain; fundamentally ensuring that what we do in the short term does not undermine the possibilities in the long term.



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Addressing the skills gap…. Is this the answer?

With the spotlight on the current skills gap within the engineering and technology community, and following the publication of the tenth annual IET Skills and Demand in Industry Survey, a new initiative between Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing Group could well have found the answer.



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Farming in urban areas – the latest cutting edge developments

This Design and Production Sector insight, in collaboration with the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE), looks at the latest engineering developments in off-farm farming for urban environments.



Information in the UK food supply chain

This latest insight from the IET Design and Production Sector in collaboration with the National Centre for Food Manufacturing explores the challenges, issues and opportunities facing in the UK food supply chain.



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International Conference on Urban Agriculture and Vertical Farming

With an increasing world population, the global trend to urbanisation climate change and pressure on natural resources are key drivers for policies on global food security. There is an urgent need to identify and develop innovative methods for sustainable, intense food production. This conference addresses these challenges. View presentations…



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Water for UK agriculture – key challenges and opportunities

This Design and Production Sector insight outlines some of the key components of UK agriculture, and the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, in the context of water use and water impacts.



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New Website by Made Here Now to showcase the modern reality and excitement of UK manufacturing

One of the biggest scale models of a city ever built using 3D printing formed the backdrop to the launch of a new project looking to showcase success stories of UK manufacturing.



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The Engineer Conference 2015

View over twenty presentations from The Engineer Conference 2015 – Innovation, advanced manufacturing, global commercialisation and case studies.



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UK manufacturing summit

All of the videos and presentations from this year’s UK Manufacturing Summit. In addition to keynotes from EEF, Renshaw, BAE systems and government, a rather animated question time session was one of the highlights of the day.



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The IET produce new High Value Manufacturing Videography

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) was set up to address the increasing concern that UK innovation is failing to get to market and that often UK discoveries are being exploited and commercialised oversees. The IET has produced for the HVMC a new videography that will be used to promote the Catapult, its capabilities and vital role it is playing for UK businesses large and small.



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National Manufacturing Debate 2013: Does the UK need a manufacturing strategy?

This fourth national debate focussed on whether a national manufacturing strategy is needed and if it could achieve a 20% GDP by 2020.



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Driving Innovation

Mark Bryant explains the Business Growth Fund, a major new initiative that provides long term investment of between £2-10m for UK manufacturers with a turnover of between £5-100m and looking to grow.