Reimagining advanced manufacturing

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Reimagining advanced manufacturing

How is advanced manufacturing enabling companies to manage supply chain disruption caused by Covid-19?

We explore how dynamic, well-connected firms based in the UK are supporting partners around the world.


Graham Stuart MP

Minister for Exports, DIT
Graham Stuart was elected as the Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness in 2005. He joined the Department for International Trade in January 2018 as Minister for Investment. In February 2020, he was appointed Minister for Exports.

Philippa Glover

Managing Director, CNC Robotics
Philippa joined CNC Robotics in November 2018 as an experienced manufacturing leader with over 12 years’ experience in a range of industries from FMCG, medical devices, medical nutrition and roles including R&D and quality and operations management.

Piers Thynne

Production Director, McLaren Racing
Piers was appointed as Production Director in July 2019 and is responsible for the operational strategy of the factory, including project management, quality, manufacture, build, test and logistics. Piers joined McLaren in 2008 and has held the title of Head of Programmes and Logistics since 2017.

Leanne Kemp

Founder and CEO, Everledger
Leanne is Founder and CEO of Everledger and Queensland Chief Entrepreneur. She is a prominent figure in the technology sector. Leanne co-chairs the World  Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Manufacturing and takes part in the Global Future Council on Blockchain.

Craig Kerr

Aerospace and Defence Consulting Leader, PwC
With over 30 years in consulting and a prior background in manufacturing and supply chain, Craig has led engagements in Europe, China, and North America, focused on sustained performance improvement through sourcing, supply chain,  manufacturing, and new product introduction.

Reimagining advanced manufacturing

Until recently, the struggle for competitive advantage in manufacturing focused on low-cost, centralized production.

Already, rising wages and international trade disruption were challenging this model. Now Covid-19 is accelerating progress toward ”Industry 4.0”: the use of next-generation technologies to improve productivity and quality, and reduce costs and time-to-market.

From the use of innovative new materials to “digital twins” that enable predictive maintenance; from advanced robotics to 3D printing, manufacturing in 2050 will look very different from today, and virtually unrecognizable from that of 30 years ago.

Already, in the U.K., it is possible to catch a glimpse of that future.

Businesses like Liverpool’s CNC Robotics are pioneering the use of industrial robots in sectors as diverse as automotive manufacture, architecture and clean energy.

The U.K. provides expertise, connectivity and infrastructure for businesses as they seek to navigate the exciting changes ahead.

World-leading automotive company McLaren has embraced 3D printing to rapidly prototype new parts for their vehicles. In fact, its unique approach to high-performance product development has seen it embark on partnerships with other U.K.-based business such as GSK and Deloitte to share its expertise.

According to this month’s EY Attractiveness Survey, developing key sectors such as advanced manufacturing will help the U.K. to rebound post-pandemic and build on its attractive business environment across the U.K. for investors around the globe.

But why is the U.K. so well-placed to support businesses embracing advanced manufacturing?

With a rich heritage of innovation, pioneering universities and R&D tax relief, companies here can be agile and respond dynamically to the latest trends and technologies. In fact, the U.K. is ranked in the top five in the Global Innovation Index 2019.

The U.K. also has the largest air transport system of any major European economy, as well as road, rail and sea links that span the world, ensuring businesses can easily plug into global supply chains.

With every sector poised to experience transformation through advanced manufacturing in the years to come, the U.K. provides expertise, connectivity and infrastructure for businesses as they seek to navigate the exciting changes ahead.


The power of advanced manufacturing

PWC’s Craig Kerr explains how coronavirus has helped accelerate the adoption of advanced manufacturing techniques across the economy.

The view from business

Philippa Glover, Piers Thynne and Leanne Kemp explore how the UK’s advanced manufacturing sector is keeping businesses connected.

Innovation in the UK

Graham Stuart, UK Minister for Exports, describes how a sophisticated manufacturing base is helping UK business overcome the impacts of coronavirus.

Why the UK?

The UK provides a clear route for businesses worldwide to build resilience into their supply chains, due to its powerful combination of:


The UK is ranked in the top 5 in the Global Innovation Index 2019. With a rich heritage of innovation, universities brimming with talent and R&D tax relief we foster businesses that move quickly and respond dynamically to the latest trends and technologies.


From having four of the world’s top 10 universities to offering one of the lowest Corporation Tax rates in the G20, the UK is committed to investing in a social and regulatory framework that helps business thrive.


The UK has the largest air transport system of any major European economy, as well as road, rail and sea links that span the world, ensuring businesses based here can easily connect to partners globally.

2020: The supply chain’s digital frontier

Advanced digital technologies are playing a critical role in allowing businesses to respond to supply chain disruption, from the need to automate workplaces to building supply chain transparency with blockchain technology.

We meet global supply chain experts as well as leading businesses to discuss how innovative UK companies are adopting new technologies to support their global partners.

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