Higher UK Productivity With Updated Skills

The UK is not alone amongst advanced countries in facing a productivity challenge currently. The sixteen most developed countries in the world economy are reporting a sharp drop in total factor productivity (TFP) in the current decade compared with the rate of increase achieved in the noughties up to the crash in 2008. TFP relates to… Read more »


          5,000 jobs vacant in UK automotive due to skills shortage New Automotive Council report reveals depth of skills shortage facing the sector. Up to 5,000 current vacancies in the automotive industry causing significant impact on business operations.1 Groundbreaking new Automotive Council report sets out skills requirements for UK automotive sector,… Read more »

Japanese Perspectives on Manufacturing Strategy

Malcolm Jones, Principle Engineer at Industry Forum,  has over 20 years experience in lean.    One of the less well known groups I studied with while undertaking my education in Japanese manufacturing practices was the TP Management Group at the Japan Management Association. TP Management, Total Productivity Management (not to be confused with TPM, Total Productive Maintenance), is an overarching policy deployment practice which incorporates Lean, TQM, TPM et al as required…. Read more »

Risk Management

The future has always been uncertain, prone to surprise us. We all learn to live with this condition with more or less success. Where large sums of money are at risk a more systematic approach has grown up. One example is audit where a risk based approach has been adopted. Auditors examine those parts of… Read more »

The Ongoing Success of the Indian Automotive Sector

The Indian online newsletter, ETAuto.com, has just run an article on the progress of Mercedes in India. In 2007 the company acquired a 100 acre site in Pune. Currently, 80% of the Mercedes cars sold in India are produced locally. Capacity has been doubled in the course of 2015. Sales in 2015 are 34% up… Read more »

Made in China 2025

In 2015 the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) completed Made in China 2025, which it had prepared for over a period of two and a half years with 150 experts from the China Academy of Engineering and in collaboration with three other ministries. The China Daily News reported in April that the… Read more »

UK Strategy for Robotics and Autonomous Systems

In 2013 The Policy Exchange published David Willetts’ paper on Eight Great Technologies. This emerged in parallel to an exercise by the European Commission to identify Six Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) as part of the Horizon 2020 R&D programme. One of Willetts’ eight was Robotics and Autonomous Systems which was not explicitly highlighted by the… Read more »

Supply Chain Collaboration Produces Results

The success of car making in the UK is now widely recognised with the stream of good news stories continuing into 2015. The situation in the UK supply chain has not been so widely publicised but a recent report from the Automotive Council by Phil Davies at BIS helps put this right. Davies concludes that… Read more »

Skills needs in the changing global manufacturing landscape

This year Bosch, the global electronics firm who are a major player in the automotive supply chain, are recruiting nearly 80 engineers in the UK as part of a much larger worldwide expansion. A spokesman explains that as connectivity expands in every business sector from mobility to industrial technology, the importance of software does too…. Read more »