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  • 7th June 2019

    5G is here - what does it mean for manufacturing?

    Network operator EE has launched the UK’s first 5G service in Manchester and five other cities, and before too long it could usher in a new wave of Industry 4.0 practices in manufacturing.
  • 7th June 2019

    Brexit stockpiling grinds to a halt

    With stockpiling activity reaching its limit, UK manufacturing began to contract in May for the first time since July 2016 - the month directly after the EU referendum result.
  • 6th June 2019

    9 North West manufacturers first to join Made Smarter

    Nine pioneering companies, including a puppet-maker in Trafford and a 50-year-old engineering firm in Nelson, have become the first to benefit from unique support to adopt digital technology.
  • 4th June 2019

    Manchester summit unveils new innovation programmes

    The EUREKA Global Innovation Summit, hosted this year in Manchester, saw the announcement of several new funding programmes for UK industry, from smart manufacturing to aerospace tech.
  • 29th May 2019

    7 steps to unlocking productivity with ‘people power’

    New research from CBI shows that UK business could add £110 billion to the economy by improving people management practices, such as setting targets and improving accountability.
  • 24th May 2019

    New UK charter attempts to alleviate steel crisis

    Amidst the backdrop of British Steel’s insolvency, trade association UK Steel has launched a new charter to maximise the amount of UK-produced steel used in construction and infrastructure projects.
  • 23rd May 2019

    North West engineers make aviation history

    Researchers at the University of Manchester have worked with engineers from BAE Systems to successfully trial ‘flap-free’ wing technology which could revolutionise aircraft design.
  • 21st May 2019

    Made in the North West Awards: 2019 Winners

    The region’s manufacturing sector was celebrated at Insider’s Made in the North West Awards on 9 May, hailing successes in an array of activities from valve manufacturing to baby milk formula.
  • 16th May 2019

    Liverpool firm to double output with smart tech

    Abbey Group, an engineering company in the steel manufacturing sector, has become one of the first companies to benefit from the Made Smarter North West programme.
  • 14th May 2019

    Brexit delay breaks ‘false boom’ but not positivity

    The Brexit extension to October has eased the pressure on manufacturers to stockpile goods, bursting a recent mini-bubble of output growth. But UK firms remain optimistic, according to the latest PMI Index.

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