The Royal Academy of Engineering has called on the British government to “rewrite the rules and avoid short-termism and siloed policy making” with its next proposals for industrial strategy in a report titled “Engineering an economy that works for all”.
Aventics, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pneumatic components and systems, has announced the acquisition of Vector Horizon Technology LLC (VHtek), based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. By this acquisition, the pneumatics specialists "will further strengthen their position in the global commercial vehicles business".
ABB has announced its acquisition of B&R, the largest independent provider focused on product- and software- based, open-architecture solutions for machine and factory automation worldwide. B&R, founded in 1979 by Erwin Bernecker and Josef Rainer is headquartered in Eggelsberg, Austria, and employs more than 3,000 people, including about 1,000 R&D and application engineers.
More than 10,000 industrial professionals attended the 25th annual Automation Fair event in Atlanta to discover how a more connected industrial business can improve its ability to compete globally.
The launch of the Government’s industrial strategy plan recently has been greeted with cautious optimism by industry.
The Hannover Messe 2016 had a clear message: integrated industry has well and truly reached the mainstream. To prove its point, the show featured over 400 application examples of fully digitalised processes for the manufacturing and energy industries. Therefore is has recently been confirmed that “Integrated Industry – Creating Value” is the official theme for Hannover Messe 2017.
EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation has launched a new leadership and development programme to help companies train the future manufacturing leaders to keep the UK at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.
Stephen Parker explains how businesses can use technology to enhance jobs rather than replace them.
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation, has launched its Foresight review of robotics and autonomous systems at the first Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Conference in London.
Experts agreed at a recent panel debate that if the UK is to address its productivity performance that currently sees it lag 20% behind the G7 average in terms of output, then the adoption of digital technology solutions will be critical. The panel debate was chaired by Juergen Maier, chief executive, Siemens UK & Ireland who summarised: “The country requires the leadership and ambition at the top of businesses to spearhead a productivity shift and ensure the UK can make the most of the great opportunity Industry 4.0 provides.”
British manufacturers and engineers are optimistic of their future growth prospects, but are cautious of the impact leaving the European Union could have on their plans, according to a new survey from MHA and Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
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