Last month the UK Government published a long term view of the future of the manufacturing sector to 2050.
The report available here looks at how manufacturing is set to enter a dynamic new phase, driven by rapid changes in technology, new ways of doing business, global competition and potential volatility around the price and availability of resources. It makes recommendations for government and industry to ensure that the UK manufacturing sector is able to compete and thrive in this new world.
Sustainability, including non-labour resource productivity, is presented as one of four key future characteristics of manufacturing.
The Next Manufacturing Revolution study is referenced through the report. Professor Steve Evans of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing and co-author of the Next Manufacturing Revolution report was a member of the Lead Expert Group.