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  • Charlotte Horobin's Avatar
    Today, 01:36 PM
    In our Regional Manufacturing Outlook we reported that the productivity for the West Midlands ranked 7th out of 10 UK regions, with manufacturing productivity at 91% of the national average. There's no coincidence that the region had the lowest investment intentions of any UK region. The regional economy over the next decade will be disrupted by automation and it's vital that we retrain the existing workforce to ensure they play a part in this revolution, so they don't get left behind. Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority has launched £5million 'Beat the Bots' fund to...
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  • Caroline Oneill's Avatar
    Today, 12:59 PM
    Once again the Make UK National Manufacturing Conference will return to the QEII Centre London on 25th February 2020. With over 800 delegates the conference includes a mix of political and inspirational speakers, workshop sessions on key industry topics and several new networking opportunities. As part of the Make UK Community we are eager to hear your suggestions on the most important topics currently affecting your business. ​
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    17-05-2019, 02:54 PM
    Every Friday, we round up our top 5 most popular reads from the week, along with sharing some of our favourite finds from around the web. This week’s roundup sees McLaren celebrate its 20,000th car milestone, work on Unilever’s new Norfolk-based mustard and mint facility gets underway, plus stories from Triumph, Gore-Tex, Lotus and more… Read more here: The #UKmfg Friday Roundup 17th May
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    17-05-2019, 06:47 AM
    Leicester-based Cofresh Snack Foods has announced the acquisition of an additional food production and warehousing facility to cater for significant growth and expansion. An investment of approximately £20m over the next 18 months will enable Cofresh to split its snack production between two sites and increase annual turnover to more than £100m. Read more here: Cofresh to invest £20 in new factory
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    17-05-2019, 06:46 AM
    ExxonMobil has completed a major £75 million expansion of its speciality elastomers manufacturing plant in Newport, Wales, which has doubled the plant’s manufacturing capacity and increases global manufacturing capacity of Santoprene™ thermoplastic elastomers by 25%. The project created approximately 35 full-time production jobs and supported 130 jobs during construction. Read more here: ExxonMobil's £75m investment
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    17-05-2019, 06:44 AM
    Triumph Motorcycles has announced a unique collaboration with UK industry experts, academic leaders and Innovate UK, to develop specialist electric motorcycle technology and innovative integrated solutions. The two-year project, in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd, and WMG, at the University of Warwick, will provide significant input into potential future electric motorcycle offers from Triumph. Read more here: Triumph electric motorcycle
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  • Lorraine During's Avatar
    15-05-2019, 09:54 AM
    Have you used the Horizon 2020 funding programme? We are keen to hear from manufacturers of all sizes and sub-sectors about any experiences with the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. We are currently working with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to discuss the ways in which manufacturers can continue to access key funding and collaborative opportunities in the future. If you have received funding from a Horizon 2020 programme, please contact Lorraine During, Business Environment Policy Adviser at lduring@makeuk.org
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  • Charles Clayton's Avatar
    14-05-2019, 08:33 AM
    How do you determine if it is right for your business automate and deploy Digital Workers? That is, to use RPA technology to take on those dull and repetitive tasks in the back office for your employees? Unfortunately there isn't a formula that will give you the answer to that question. However, you can ask yourself a number of applicable questions and the answer to those questions will help you determine if this is right for your business. Be clear about your motivation & establish a measure for success. RPA is able to deliver a number of significant benefits to your business, both directly...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    14-05-2019, 08:25 AM
    Hi Louise Blade Many thanks for posting your question. I think Community member Nigel Whittingham will be able to offer some insights on this. We will also share more widely. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Louise Blade's Avatar
    14-05-2019, 08:12 AM
    Hello, would anybody be able to share any experiences of setting up a manufacturing site in Poland? In particular I would like to find business support services for HR and Health and Safety for a business located in the Wroclaw area. Any recommendations of payroll bureaus would be really helpful and any input on what benefits are valued by Polish employees. If anyone can share experiences it would be much appreciated. Many thanks.
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    14-05-2019, 05:41 AM
    STEM Accord, a new partnership created to provide co-ordinated action to inspire more young people, and particularly girls, to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will be announced at the WISE annual conference. STEM Accord has been created by WISE, the ERA Foundation, STEM Learning, Design and Technology Association (DATA) and The Smallpeice Trust, working in alignment with the Royal Academy of Engineering, Engineering UK and the IET and guided by the recommendations of the Perkins Review. Read more here: New STEM partnership
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    14-05-2019, 05:39 AM
    McLaren Automotive has celebrated the 20,000th car to be hand-assembled at its McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey. The 20,000th car built was a right-hand drive 600LT Spider in Chicane Grey from the brand’s Sports Series line-up. Launched only last summer as the next chapter in the McLaren ‘Longtail’ story, all production slots for the Coupe variant have already been filled. Read more here: McLaren's 20,000th car
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  • Charles Clayton's Avatar
    13-05-2019, 03:38 PM
    Key findings of Deloitte Global RPA Survey: 53% of respondents have already started their RPA journey. This is expected to increase to 72% in the next two years. If this continues at its current level, RPA will have achieved near-universal adoption within the next five years. The benefits of RPA adoption are significant. Payback was reported at less than 12 months, with an average 20% of full-time equivalent (FTE) capacity provided by robots. RPA continues to meet and exceed expectations across multiple dimensions including: improved compliance (92%), improved quality / accuracy...
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    13-05-2019, 01:47 PM
    Hello everyone, As many of you know this week is Mental Health Awareness Week organised Mental Health Foundation. This year the theme is body image and its relationship to mental health. As a business Make UK has well being champions at all locations and have organised activities throughout the week such as walks, boot camps, massage sessions, group meditations and a company wide steps challenge. As a business we're also proud to have signed the Bauer Media & Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England Where’s Your Head At? manifesto. The manifesto focuses on employers committing to...
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  • Terri Lennon's Avatar
    13-05-2019, 01:09 PM
    This is an invitation to our next Engineering Exchange Event - 20th June 2019 - Make UK, Nobel Way, Aston, B6 7EU Please find the details below with the agenda and the link below to book your free place/s (please advise of any dietary requirements) Make UK’s exclusive Engineering Exchange takes place four times a year and offers local businesses the opportunity to hear about cutting edge industry trends in manufacturing, explore the facilities at the state-of-the-art Technology Hub, get advice on business growth and meet industry experts. Learn how to make your organisation be more...
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  • Nina Gryf's Avatar
    13-05-2019, 08:46 AM
    Calling all UK manufacturers working in the machinery sector! Have your say on the UK's future trade deals by completing our short survey. Complete the survey here by 22nd May 2019 To ensure that you will be able to access low or zero tariffs in post-Brexit trade deals when exporting your products, we need your input about the products you manufacture. The Government’s negotiating teams are gathering intelligence about the UK machinery sector to best represent its interests in UK trade deals with the EU and other global trading partners. These negotiations should be an...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    13-05-2019, 08:13 AM
    Hi Charles Clayton Thank you for sharing. Far from replacing humans the factory of the future will be one where humans and robots work together. It's important that manufacturers recognise the need to upskill their workforce as outlined in a recent Make UK report on the National Retraining Scheme Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Charles Clayton's Avatar
    13-05-2019, 07:50 AM
    Hi, Who would have thought that robots and humans working together is better than each working separately? Apparently that is the finding from some research done by some clever people at MIT - "MIT Researchers found that robot-human teams were 85% more productive than either alone. This emphasises the importance of facilitating cooperation between employees and robots. Collaborative Robots – termed ‘Cobots’ are being developed, designed to assist humans, which are safe, flexible and easily programmed by human employees." And that robots would be replaced by humans? "Mercedes-Benz...
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    13-05-2019, 06:03 AM
    Dr. Oetker UK has completed a £30m capital investment programme at its Leyland facility in Lancashire. 2019 also marks a decade of the firm producing the nation’s favourite frozen pizza brands in the UK. The new production capabilities at the Leyland facility means that the capacity potential has doubled and demonstrates the business’s commitment to maintaining its manufacturing base in the UK. Read more here: Dr.Oetker investment at Leyland
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    13-05-2019, 06:01 AM
    An East Yorkshire manufacturer will create new jobs and make a further investment as it joins a £500m modular building revolution. Integra Buildings has been named as a supplier for the Government’s newly-launched Modular Buildings Solutions framework – a four-year drive to deliver construction projects for the public sector. Read more here: Integra investment
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    10-05-2019, 01:15 PM
    Let's discuss sustainability - I'd be really interested in hearing from Community members what they think UK manufacturers could be doing to improve their efficiency so that the UK manufacturing ecosystem leads the way in reducing its environmental impact. We can't hide from the fact that the future will present unique challenges, such as resource scarcity and rising commodity prices, that will have a significant impact on the UK's manufacturing sector. For those interested in reading more about the challenges facing the sector and projections of what the world could look like in 2050 see...
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    10-05-2019, 06:40 AM
    Small to medium-sized (SME) manufacturers across England have been awarded an £11.8million business support boost, dedicated to helping them grow and address key skills issues. The Manufacturing Growth Programme, which is funded by ERDF and delivered by Economic Growth Solutions which is part of Oxford Innovation, has been extended until September 2021 and will help companies tackle barriers to growth, with the potential of creating 2,500 new jobs. Read more here: £11.8m of funding for SME growth
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    09-05-2019, 10:59 AM
    Hey Eveyone, I often hear people within the manufacturing industry saying that 3D printing is a futuristic technology and they struggle to understand how it can be used in every day manufacturing. So I wanted to share a fantastic real life example of 3D printing from Make UK members Protolabs - Europe. Working along side world renowned fashion design Zac Posen, Protolabs- Europe helped create a selection of 3D printed dresses for this year's Met Gala. Full details seen here 3D printing allows designers to have complete freedom as they are no longer limited by traditional...
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  • Shaun Lacsina's Avatar
    09-05-2019, 07:46 AM
    The MTA are delighted to be hosting the first of our open access Technical Days. The half day event aims to promote the benefits of additive and digital manufacturing technologies and connect companies looking to work with our members and the wider industry. This free event will: • Provide an effective networking opportunity for companies in the Digital & Additive Manufacturing industry • Educate attendees on the benefits of Digital & Additive Manufacturing Format of the day: 12:00 - 12:45 Lunch and Exhibition
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  • Matt Chilton's Avatar
    09-05-2019, 06:44 AM
    Polestar has significantly expanded its research and development capacity with the establishment of a new R&D centre in the United Kingdom. Situated in Coventry, Polestar’s UK engineering operation will initially employ around 60 engineers and the new facility will allow Polestar to increase its own R&D capabilities, and further strengthens the brand’s ability to engineer its future electric performance vehicles. Read more here: Polestar's new R&D centre in Coventry
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  • Annette Hobson's Avatar
    08-05-2019, 03:12 PM
    I have organised many events for Make UK but this one is shaping up to be one of my favourites! I'm so excited to bring a number of local food & drink manufacturers (Cocoa Luxury, Sheffield Cheesemasters Ltd & Chilli Pepper Pete - more to follow!!) into one of the most exciting venues (The Mowbray) in Sheffield for an evening of tasting the produce, networking, getting the latest on Brexit whilst raining funds for this year's Master Cutler Challenge. I'm particularly excited that we will have some micro manufacturers joining us as for me this really shows how even the smallest of...
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