Back in 2015, a survey of business owners by Virgin Media Business predicted that 60 percent of office-based employees would regularly work from home by 2022. This year, global disruption saw us prematurely exceed this figure.
Britain’s manufacturers, leading unions, skills champions and industry bodies are calling on the government to take urgent action to safeguard the skills the country’s economy needs now and in the future.
In my column this month, I thought we could take a look at and celebrate the life of one of the key engineers who helped create the computer mouse – William English – who sadly passed away on 26 July at 91 years of age.
An apprentice toolmaker, who designed and produced parts for an automated robotic system, has saved his company £240,000 by keeping the work in-house.
Companies are often faced with the dilemma – to repair or replace? An important piece of machinery has failed, a crucial element of a process or production line. Biting the bullet and replacing it can be expensive, however, is it worth spending money on repairing ageing equipment?
According to the latest statistics by Engineering UK, 42 percent of girls between 14-16 would consider a career in engineering. However, only 12.37 percent of UK engineers are women.
The manufacturing industry, like all sectors, was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, from supply chains to the factory floor. Tim Parkinson, Airedale Springs’ Chairman, believes that something has to change now, so that manufacturers can prevent a similar situation from happening again.
There’s no denying that there is a gender imbalance when it comes to engineering. In the UK, only 12% of engineers are female.
Since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the global COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic in March 2020, the world’s response has changed the face of industry. Industrial businesses reacted in numerous ways, and there are lessons to be learned by looking at these responses. Here, George Walker, Managing Director of Novotek UK and Ireland, asks: what has industry done to change for the better in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?