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Drones take to the skies as aerospace sector targets diversification

30 June 2020

A recent Protolabs Aerospace report shows more than half of people believe commercial drone deliveries will be commonplace by 2023, as governments and firms find new ways to guarantee services.

COVID-19 has left an undeniable impression on the manufacturing world, as companies struggle to come to terms with what a ‘new normal’ will mean for people who make things. 

With the uncertainty of Brexit still shrouding industry, the last thing firms needed was a global pandemic that ripped up the rule book when it came to supply chains and imposed previously unheard-of restrictions on how we trade.

It has also seen the very best of UK manufacturing. Businesses, who saw sales fall off a cliff overnight, have pivoted to transfer their expertise into supplying critical parts for ventilators and other frontline efforts, whilst others have explored new solutions to help satisfy the need to do things at a distance.

According to a new European aerospace study, challenges posed by the pandemic are even accelerating the willingness to embrace drone technology and, encouragingly, the UK is leading the way.

Read the full article in the July issue of DPA.

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