Manufacturers speak out about uncertainty: new report gauges the voice of industry

22 July 2019

Advanced Engineering_The Voice of Industry report

Ahead of this year’s show, Advanced Engineering has launched a new report gauging uncertainty in the engineering sector. The report, entitled 'Voice of Industry', brings together the experiences of leading manufacturers, on topics ranging from Brexit & the skills shortage to the rise of electric vehicles & product innovation.

The Voice of Industry report delves into the unique challenges that businesses have faced over the last two years, as well as exploring the positive results they’ve had in overcoming uncertainty. It features Q&A-style interviews with senior figures from a variety of engineering businesses including Renishaw, Atlas Copco, Kawasaki Robotics and others.

The report has been commissioned by Advanced Engineering, the UK’s annual thought-leading conference & event for the UK advanced manufacturing sectors & supply chains, and opens with a foreword from Mike Wilson, Managing Director of KUKA UK & Ireland, as well as Chairman of the British Automation & Robot Association (BARA). In it, Wilson makes the case for investment in advanced engineering technologies, despite the uncertain economic climate.

“The UK is well known as a source of excellence in engineering and innovation. We are the home for leading global businesses such as Rolls Royce and BAE Systems as well as many much smaller, highly creative engineering companies,” explains Wilson. “The current economic climate is uncertain, but I have confidence the resilience of our engineering sector will weather the changing environment and may well become stronger as a result.”

The report also interviews one of these smaller companies, Xi Engineering, a digital twinning company that uses its multi-physics simulations to help businesses speed up innovation. “We offer services like simulation that help our customers create accurate models that represent the real world,” explains Mark-Paul Buckingham, Managing Director of Xi Engineering.

“These simulations offer a robust test-bed for companies to trial various scenarios that would take much longer if done manually. As a result, we’ve helped companies innovate in a wide variety of sectors, from high-end audio and automotive to renewable energy and transport.”

Returning for its 11th year at the NEC in Birmingham this October, this year’s Advanced Engineering show takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham between 30–31 October, 2019, and will feature an Innovation Zone. The Innovation Zone will give UK start-ups the chance to exhibit for free, showcasing the latest innovations to the market.

To download the Voice of Industry report, and to find out more about what’s on offer at this year’s Advanced Engineering show, visit the website and register to attend today.


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