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....LTC Chairman Carl-Peter Forster said the company was "extremely proud of what we have achieved". The company, which now employs up to 1,500 people, has invested millions in the TX5 after manufacturing the black cab in the UK for 69 years. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....But if it were to ultimately lose, it would not be the first business to fall foul of punctuation problems, spelling mistakes and typos. When US defence giant Lockheed Martin signed a deal to build Hercules military transport aircraft for an unnamed air force, it knew manufacturing would take several years. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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.... What might be the potential if refugees were allowed to work alongside Jordanian nationals in the economic zone? This might offer a way to simultaneously benefit refugees, contribute to Jordan’s own national-development strategy, and incubate the post-conflict recovery in Syria. For a country such as Jordan, refugees arguably represent an opportunity for a transition to manufacturing. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Every year, around the time of the disaster it runs a #whomademyclothes campaign encouraging customers to push firms on this issue. Fashion Revolution co-founder and creative director Orsola de Castro says the mass production demands of the fashion industry and the tight timescales required to get products from the catwalks on to the shelves as quickly as possible means the manufacturing processes have become "very, very chaotic". ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....However, in contrast, car manufacturers with no British operations at present could look to move some production to the country to avoid the costs of tariffs. Tim Lawrence, global head of manufacturing at PA Consulting, said there could be “upsides and downsides” for the UK if it leaves the single market and customs union. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The Derby site survived, but the debate over protecting high-value domestic jobs from foreign competition rumbles on, especially with Brexit on the way. Memories of the Bombardier furore are still fresh at the Department for Transport, it seems, because the latest ministerial incumbent appears determined to ensure that manufacturing work stays within these shores. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....This new economy should be a more productive one – after all, there is no need to automate if humans are able to produce the same level of output in the same time for the same cost. But as manufacturing workers around the world have discovered, greater productivity does not mean greater hours of work. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Within President Trump's first month, there were regulatory rollbacks that Mr Robinson calls "very encouraging". But he says he hopes the beef industry is given an equal seat to manufacturing when it comes to renegotiating Nafta. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....With Theresa May expected to invoke Article 50 next week, kickstarting the process for the UK to leave the EU, BBC News asks if businesses are changing their strategies to cope with Brexit. Handbag designer Claudia Fürst has moved her manufacturing operation to Italy to counter the impact of the weak British pound. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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.... The letter sent to you by Mapfre, in which it sets out why it has turned down your claim, reveals that it refused to accept your local garage’s report into the failure because, in its words, its author does not hold “the relevant engineering qualifications”. It has told you that it will not entertain any claim that is due to wear and tear, or anything it deems to be a manufacturing defect. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Yet since fees were introduced in 2013, the cost of doing this is prohibitive for many low-paid workers, denying them access to justice. There has been far too little proactive enforcement of minimum wage legislation in social care, retail, logistics and low-value manufacturing, where there are large numbers employed on rates below the minimum wage. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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London Taxi Company's new Ansty Park plant opens in Coventry image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 07:04:13 AM
....LTC Chairman Carl-Peter Forster said the company was "extremely proud of what we have achieved". The company, which now employs up to 1,500 people, has invested millions in the TX5 after manufacturing the black cab in the UK for 69 years. ...
Why denying refugees the right to work is a catastrophic error | Paul Collier and Alexander Betts image
.... What might be the potential if refugees were allowed to work alongside Jordanian nationals in the economic zone? This might offer a way to simultaneously benefit refugees, contribute to Jordan’s own national-development strategy, and incubate the post-conflict recovery in Syria. For a country such as Jordan, refugees arguably represent an opportunity for a transition to manufacturing. ...
Handbag designer: 'I am moving manufacturing to Italy' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 12:02:50 AM
....With Theresa May expected to invoke Article 50 next week, kickstarting the process for the UK to leave the EU, BBC News asks if businesses are changing their strategies to cope with Brexit. Handbag designer Claudia Fürst has moved her manufacturing operation to Italy to counter the impact of the weak British pound. ...
Trouble on the ranch image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 12:01:57 AM
....Within President Trump's first month, there were regulatory rollbacks that Mr Robinson calls "very encouraging". But he says he hopes the beef industry is given an equal seat to manufacturing when it comes to renegotiating Nafta. ...
How many countries? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 12:01:18 AM
....Every year, around the time of the disaster it runs a #whomademyclothes campaign encouraging customers to push firms on this issue. Fashion Revolution co-founder and creative director Orsola de Castro says the mass production demands of the fashion industry and the tight timescales required to get products from the catwalks on to the shelves as quickly as possible means the manufacturing processes have become "very, very chaotic". ...
Hard Brexit 'could increase cost of making a car in UK by £2,400' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 06:34:46 PM
....However, in contrast, car manufacturers with no British operations at present could look to move some production to the country to avoid the costs of tariffs. Tim Lawrence, global head of manufacturing at PA Consulting, said there could be “upsides and downsides” for the UK if it leaves the single market and customs union. ...
Discovering holes in my Skoda Yeti… and in my £729 Mapfre warranty image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 06:59:01 AM
.... The letter sent to you by Mapfre, in which it sets out why it has turned down your claim, reveals that it refused to accept your local garage’s report into the failure because, in its words, its author does not hold “the relevant engineering qualifications”. It has told you that it will not entertain any claim that is due to wear and tear, or anything it deems to be a manufacturing defect. ...
A ‘jobs miracle’ that leaves millions worse off | Observer editorial image
.... Yet since fees were introduced in 2013, the cost of doing this is prohibitive for many low-paid workers, denying them access to justice. There has been far too little proactive enforcement of minimum wage legislation in social care, retail, logistics and low-value manufacturing, where there are large numbers employed on rates below the minimum wage. ...
An automated world is coming but can we make sure no-one is left behind? | Greg Jericho image
....This new economy should be a more productive one – after all, there is no need to automate if humans are able to produce the same level of output in the same time for the same cost. But as manufacturing workers around the world have discovered, greater productivity does not mean greater hours of work. ...
Grayling hopes Brexit brings new apprenticeships in train image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 04:00:43 PM
.... The Derby site survived, but the debate over protecting high-value domestic jobs from foreign competition rumbles on, especially with Brexit on the way. Memories of the Bombardier furore are still fresh at the Department for Transport, it seems, because the latest ministerial incumbent appears determined to ensure that manufacturing work stays within these shores. ...
Comma comeuppance: When rogue punctuation proves costly image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 09:44:01 AM
....But if it were to ultimately lose, it would not be the first business to fall foul of punctuation problems, spelling mistakes and typos. When US defence giant Lockheed Martin signed a deal to build Hercules military transport aircraft for an unnamed air force, it knew manufacturing would take several years. ...
Vote of confidence image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 10:17:03 AM
Toyota to invest £240m in UK plant at Burnaston image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 09:39:48 AM
....Toyota is to invest £240m in upgrading its UK factory that makes the Auris and Avensis models. The Japanese carmaker's investment in the Burnaston plant near Derby will allow production of vehicles using its new global manufacturing system. ...
Seaton Delaval Coty closure could mean 400 jobs axed image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 02:56:07 PM
....Coty, which makes cosmetics and perfume, said it intends to shut its plant in Seaton Delaval. The US-based company said after a study of global manufacturing capacities it wanted to consolidate its fragrance operations into "fewer core centres". ...
Lush may invest abroad due to Brexit image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 11:21:06 PM
....British cosmetics firm Lush says future expansion might have to be outside the UK, due to risks over Brexit. The company recently opened a plant in Germany and says further expansion of manufacturing and buying operations might have to be abroad. ...
Brexit leads cosmetics firm Lush to look for expansion outside UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 08:00:30 PM
.... The negotiation of new trade agreements could take years, but the risk is that we will be paying more import duties across the business. “With Britain close to full employment and with a severe skills shortage we are concerned that restrictions on free movement of people will impact the availability of both the skilled and the unskilled restricting future growth in both our UK manufacturing and buying facilities. ...
Trump is set to win the battle on interest rates, but US economy will pay the price image
....Yet the jobs figures are a legacy of the Obama presidency and nothing to do with Trump. Neither is the good news from the manufacturing sector or pretty much any other economic indicator, except the stock market, which could be said to have benefited from a significant Trump bounce. ...
Robots delivering pizza and house viewing by VR: is 5G really the future? image
....Analysts Gartner estimate that by 2020 there will be 20 billion IoT-connected devices. In addition, 5G could be used to enable driverless cars to communicate with each other and other road users, as well as develop “smart manufacturing” – connecting all the various machines involved in a production chain – and the drone delivery networks that companies such as Amazon would like to develop. ...
Brexit and Bochum haunt Vauxhall in the new battle for Ellesmere Port image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 04:00:38 PM
.... “For the future of those employees and for customers in the UK, a zero-tariff environment is really, really important,” Farley said. Britain’s car industry is dominated by continental (Volkswagen and BMW), American (Ford and GM) and Japanese (Nissan and Toyota) manufacturing groups whose main export market is the EU. ...
Road tax rises image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 10:07:22 PM
.... . "The introduction of a surcharge on premium cars also risks undermining growth in UK manufacturing and exports, which helps to support some 814,000 jobs in the UK. ...
US interest rate rise almost certain after bumper jobs growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 06:15:58 PM
....The closely watched Labor department data for February showed that the number of new jobs soared to 235,000, the best month for job growth since July last year, adding to pressure on the central bank to agree the first of three predicted rises this year. Officials meet on Wednesday in the wake of strong employment, manufacturing and consumer data that should persuade the Fed to add further to its December rate rise, which saw the cost of borrowing raised by 0. ...
Chocolate price hike if Brexit deal fails, warns Mars image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 12:52:27 PM
....Companies in the automotive and the financial sector have been the focus since the vote, according to Ms Dawson. But with food and drink the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, accounting for 16% of turnover, she said she wanted a new focus, and called for EU leaders to look at the bigger picture when negotiating. ...
UK manufacturing output falls in January image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 10:30:57 AM
Get ready for food inflation to take a bite out of growth | Vicky Pryce image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 12:37:50 PM
....The UK is indeed open to trade, just as Theresa May wants us to be. The problem is that we import rather a lot of the goods we sell, and those that go into our manufacturing process. ...
Vauxhall takeover: Peugeot boss says no plans to shut plants image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 10:34:22 AM
...."The only honest answer for protection is performance, if you increase your level of performance, you become the best, if you become the best there is no risk. "We can become better by sharing the best practices, having the best benchmarks inside the company and if we are better, with the export opportunities we have, we can fully use our manufacturing footprint. ...
Patagonia and The North Face: saving the world – one puffer jacket at a time image
.... (One of its four Manhattan stores is located on the Bowery, next to the former location of the punk club CBGB, which is now a John Varvatos boutique. ) It prides itself on pushing up against the limits of how ethical a company can be while actually still selling things: quality goods, ethical labour and manufacturing, no debt, even a tax strategy, according to Chouinard’s book, “to pay our fair share and not a penny more”. ...
In the Vauxhall towns, workers view PSA takeover with unease image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 06:59:58 PM
.... “People are well used to it and they are also well geared up to deal with that and put our best case forward,” he says. “In the 1980s, we saw a real stripping out of industry [in Ellesmere Port] and, while we still do have some good quality manufacturing jobs in the area, it’s nothing like the level that we used to have. ...
Peugeot-Citroën chief vows to save jobs in Vauxhall/Opel takeover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 12:35:46 PM
....GM and PSA said the deal would create annual savings of €1. 7bn in purchasing, manufacturing, and research and development by 2026, with most savings likely to be achieved by 2020 from purchasing. ...
Chancellor's budget to build up Brexit reserves, not tackle NHS crisis image
....The money is part of a £23bn pledge first made in the autumn statement. Of this money, £270m will go to universities and businesses that are developing artificial intelligence, batteries for electric cars or manufacturing medicines. ...
Business wish list image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 5th of March 2017 01:37:19 AM
.... . Mr Hawes said: "We must also prioritise technologies of the future such as connected and autonomous vehicles and the digitalisation of manufacturing which could yield significant economic advantages for the UK in years ahead. ...
Sorry, Brexit doomsayers, the outlook is good on global growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 05:00:20 PM
....We are not talking about a Trump-inspired dash for growth, although the US president is part of the story. The underpinnings for a year of high employment and solid wage growth across the globe are survey figures showing the largest improvement in worldwide manufacturing business conditions for more than five-and-a-half years. ...
Sainsbury's to cut 400 jobs in shakeup of operations image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 06:56:36 PM
....The news from Sainsbury’s has emerged in the same week that nearly 1,400 UK jobs were put at risk by pharmacy chain Boots, Walkers crisps, and bakery retailer Greggs. Around 600 jobs are at risk at nine Greggs bakeries while Walkers, which is owned by US food and drink group PepsiCo, is planning to close its manufacturing plant in Peterlee, Durham, by the end of the year. ...
A Mini part's incredible journey shows how Brexit will hit the UK car industry image
.... The system dramatically improves the productivity of the plant – but any interruption to supply can bring production to an immediate halt. Tim Lawrence, head of manufacturing at PA Consulting, said: “They schedule components on the production line and sequence it so parts arrive only hours before. ...
UK economy cooling after post-Brexit vote growth, surveys show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 11:12:26 AM
. Britain’s economy is cooling fast, according to the latest surveys of the services, manufacturing and construction sectors, bolstering expectations that the Bank of England will leave interest rates at their record low for the rest of this year and beyond. ...
Bridgend reels from jobs threat hanging over Ford plant image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 07:00:39 AM
....”. It was then prime minister (and Cardiff MP) James Callaghan who persuaded Henry Ford II to locate the American giant’s new engine manufacturing plant at the Waterton industrial estate between the M4 and Bridgend town centre. ...
Caterpillar raided over alleged tax evasion scheme image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 01:07:46 AM
....The US Internal Revenue Service demand Caterpillar pay back $2bn in taxes and penalties for profits assigned to the CSARL subsidiary. The machinery maker though is also part of the Trump administration's effort to promote US manufacturing. ...
Brexit without trade deal would open Pandora's box, says CBI chief image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 06:25:49 PM
.... “Boards have a duty to their shareholders, and it’s not an option just to sit on their hands,” he said. “For many of our great manufacturing businesses the planning horizon is three, five, 10, 20 years. ...
Donald Trump has made rookie mistakes – he must change his approach image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 08:59:39 AM
....To be sure, Trump is right that better adjustment mechanisms for America’s left-behind blue-collar workers are long overdue. But trade, on balance, has done much more good than harm, and the overwhelming majority of manufacturing-job losses in the developed world have resulted from technological advances like automation. ...
Wall Street stocks rise after Trump's corporate tax cut promises image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 06:42:20 PM
....”. The dollar jumped to a seven-week high on the expectations of a fresh stimulus from Washington and news that the US manufacturing sector maintained its recent strong run of expansion, pushing the pound down more than a cent to $1. ...
Unite blames Brexit as Ford prepares to cut 1,160 Welsh jobs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 05:57:25 PM
.... So I appeal again to the Westminster government and Theresa May to make it categorically clear without delay that there will be tariff-free access to the single market and customs union, because the uncertainty the UK’s automotive sector is enduring is having damaging real-life consequences now, before talks have even begun. The prime minister must act now because the very future of UK manufacturing, including car-making, is at stake. ...
Boots, Walkers crisps and Greggs cost cutting puts 1,400 UK jobs at risk image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 04:15:37 PM
....Nearly 1,400 UK jobs are at risk as pharmacy chain Boots, Walkers crisps and bakery Greggs all cut costs. Both Walkers and Greggs are restructuring their manufacturing operations in an attempt to improve efficiency. ...
Jaguar Land Rover pledges 'heart and soul' to UK as new model debuts in Solihull image
....Range Rovers are Britain’s largest luxury export, according to the carmaker, accounting for 85% of all luxury cars built in the UK and contributing £10bn a year to the economy. Ralf Speth, chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The expansion of our product range and building this British-designed and engineered car in the UK is a sign of our confidence in British manufacturing. ...
Walkers crisps: Peterlee factory faces closure with 380 job losses image
....Manufacturing managing director at the Peterlee site, Tracey Foster, said union consultations had begun. In a statement, she said: "In order to improve the efficiency of our UK snacks manufacturing operations, we are proposing the closure of our factory at Peterlee. ...
Ford forecasts 1,160 Bridgend job cuts image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 08:37:23 AM
....Opposition AMs from Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Conservatives have called for First Minister Carwyn Jones, who is in the United States, to travel to Detroit so he can speak to Ford executives. Plaid's economy spokesman Adam Price called for a summit on the automotive industry and told AMs if losing two thirds of employment at Wales' third biggest manufacturing plant was on the agenda it would be an "economic crisis every bit as serious" as the problems recently affecting steel. ...
Hitting rock bottom image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 12:07:40 AM
...."In an increasingly knowledge based and services driven global economic expansion, the trade expansion is stagnating," he wrote. "The global manufacturing engines, world trade, credit driven GDP growth model is being increasingly challenged and world trade seems to be stuck in a time warp, barely growing. ...
Brexit means taxpayers need to support supply chain, says Nissan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 05:56:52 PM
.... If these parts were made in the UK instead, Nissan would spend up to £2bn a year with British suppliers. Colin Lawther, the company’s senior vice-president of manufacturing supply chain, told MPs on Tuesday that Nissan’s Sunderland plant consumes 5m parts a day for a production line that produces two cars every minute. ...
Indian economic growth slows in December quarter of 2016 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 01:38:30 PM
....". Saugata Bhattacharya, a chief economist at Axis Bank, said "big rises" in agriculture and manufacturing "show that the impact from demonetisation on growth has been less than expected". ...
Greggs sales up as it warns on inflation image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 08:32:22 AM
....Greggs plans to invest in its remaining bakeries and shops, which it said would create thousands of new roles in retail and distribution. However, it will mean fewer jobs in manufacturing and the company said it was consulting with trade unions about the proposals. ...
'I never felt it was mine' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 12:17:45 AM
...."Look at this area, it once produced the world's first locomotive steam engine, and now the Japanese, Hitachi, are producing our trains," he says dismissively as he drives. The straight-talking 73-year-old is the founder and boss of manufacturing business Ebac. ...
Business rates a 'ticking time bomb' for small firms image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 08:29:46 PM
....Labour also called for business rates to be indexed to the lower CPI measure of inflation rather than RPI and to exclude investment in plant and machinery from future business rates valuations. Christopher Richards, of the Engineering Employers Federation, said: "The inclusion of plant and machinery in business rates bills represents a tax on productive investment and undermines the international competitiveness of UK manufacturing. ...
Chris Grayling tells Japan: some of our trains are superior to yours image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 05:03:58 PM
.... Japan’s bullet trains are among the best in the world, but Grayling believes slower suburban rolling stock is better manufactured in Britain. A Canadian company, Bombardier, designs and builds trains from Derby’s Litchurch Lane, where carriage manufacturing dates back to the 1870s. ...
Nokia 3310 mobile phone resurrected at MWC 2017 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 04:30:03 PM
.... . "It also means if HMD wants to locate manufacturing in different regions to take advantage of pockets of demand, that's something Foxconn will allow them to achieve. ...
Boeing to open factory in South Yorkshire image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 01:54:08 PM
....President of Boeing Europe, Sir Michael Arthur, said they chose South Yorkshire for the factory because of a skilled workforce in the area and the firm's links with Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). He said: "The area has very high skills, particular in advanced manufacturing technology, which we think is world class. ...
The Bank of England is in denial. Brexit shows people don't act rationally | Robert Skidelsky image
.... The failure to spot this irrationality had led policymakers to forecast that the British economy would slow after last June’s Brexit referendum. Instead, British consumers have been on a heedless spending spree since the vote to leave the European Union; and, no less illogically, construction, manufacturing, and services have recovered. ...
UK economy grows faster than thought image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 11:45:29 AM
....6%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The upward revision is mainly due to manufacturing industry having done better than thought. ...
'The economy looks set to be slowing again' – experts debate Brexit watch data image
.... But as we move thorough this year we should expect to see more imported inflation following the decline in sterling since late 2015. This is already showing up in the fact that manufacturing input costs are up more than 20% on a year ago. ...
Brexit economy: can consumers keep shoring up the UK? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 10:41:44 AM
Supermarket sourcing image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 12:18:01 AM
.... . "On paper, it's very appealing, but the challenge is that due to the high cost of manufacturing in the UK, you need to have a very high utilisation rate. ...
Government failure to act means gender pay gap will remain, say MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 06:50:01 AM
....Moves to match Sweden’s female work participation rate would boost GDP by £170bn, the report said. Top of the list of gender pay offenders was the financial services industry, which has a 34% pay gap, followed by the energy, utilities and manufacturing industries – where few women rise to senior positions. ...
Made in the UK goods could cost more as import prices rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 01:17:41 PM
....Export orders also fell slightly, though remained well above the long-run average as manufacturers continued to benefit from the flipside of the devaluation in sterling. The CBI, which conducted the survey, said stronger demand and higher production showed the manufacturing industry remained in rude health. ...
The supermarket food gamble may be up | Felicity Lawrence image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 06:00:29 AM
.... Undocumented, underpaid migrants from Africa have provided the labour to harvest Italian and Spanish crops. Low-paid migrants, predominantly from eastern Europe, have become the backbone of the UK’s centralised distribution centres, providing 35% of food manufacturing labour, and 70-80% of harvesting labour. ...
Cobbling together: the Brooklynites who gather to make handcrafted shoes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 12:00:07 PM
....While all the shoemakers can talk endlessly about the joy of designing and painstakingly creating a prototype, none of them want to spend weeks making 30 identical pairs. So recently Heykes and Hirosue banded together with several investors to open their own manufacturing facility, renting space near their collective in the increasingly upscale neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. ...
Driverless trucks: economic tsunami may swallow one of most common US jobs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 12:00:02 PM
.... It is likely no coincidence that a map highlighting the states where truck driving reigns as the lead occupation is closely correlated with a map showing the states that voted for Donald Trump. This perfect storm creates the perception that America is “no longer winning” at manufacturing and that “we don’t make anything any more”. ...
Unite leader warns GM his union will not accept any Vauxhall job losses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of February 2017 02:13:22 PM
....Clark said: “The UK’s automotive sector is one of the most productive in the world and we want to see it go from strength to strength. The government will continue to make the case for keeping manufacturing in the UK. ...
Days of low inflation are over with UK consumer finances to take a hit | Larry Elliott image
....But unless wages do start to rise, 2017 is going to be quite a tough year for consumers. The balance of the economy is likely to shift towards manufacturing and exporting, helped by the weak pound. ...
Diamond rings sparkle for the internet dating generation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 01:39:04 PM
....“About 90% of the jewellery sold in the UK isn’t made here and we are clawing a little bit of that back,” Kormind says. “We work with all the largest manufacturing groups and they all comply with the Kimberley Process. ...
Chemical giant Ineos to build heir to Land Rover Defender image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 09:36:50 AM
....Ineos will set up a new division, Ineos Automotive, and expects to spend “many hundreds of millions” on developing a 4x4 vehicle that could fill the gap in the market left by the Defender, which has been discontinued by Jaguar Land Rover. The company is focused on manufacturing and distributing chemicals, oil and gas, but Ratcliffe is a self-confessed admirer of the Defender. ...
UK labour shortages reported as EU worker numbers fall image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 07:01:07 AM
....UK employers are increasingly struggling to fill jobs in shops, factories and hospitals according to a new report that suggests the shortfall may be down to fewer EU migrants seeking work in the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote. Company bosses are reporting labour and skills shortages throughout the food supply chain as well as in sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare and hospitality, according to the latest Labour Market Outlook from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and The Adecco Group, which polls more than 1,000 employers. ...
Donald Trump is undermining the fight against corruption image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 03:25:57 PM
....Governments have become less tolerant of dirty business dealings over time, as Rolls-Royce has found to its cost. The aerospace company – one of the UK’s genuinely world class manufacturing firms – will this week announce one of Britain’s biggest ever corporate losses, in part the result of the £671m cost of settling bribery actions. ...
What use is sovereignty when MPs deny their conscience over Brexit? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 06:59:00 AM
.... Restricting foreigners will not mean more jobs for locals. ” Again, Nick Houghton, managing director of a Nottingham food manufacturing company, said: “There isn’t a pool of unemployed workers sitting there waiting for the EU workers to go back, ready and able to take up these jobs. ...
Trump presidency poses threat to global economy, warns Fitch image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of February 2017 04:37:52 PM
....Fitch felt those countries could get singled out by the Trump administration for punitive trade measures. It signalled the UK was one such country, including it on a list of those with the highest stock of US investment in manufacturing along with Canada, Germany and Mexico. ...
Former Rolls-Royce boss questioned in corruption inquiry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of February 2017 11:31:33 AM
....While boss of Rolls-Royce, Rose was regarded as a captain of industry and a leading figure in British business. When Rose announced his retirement from Rolls-Royce in 2010, Sir Vince Cable, then the business secretary, described him as a “champion of UK advanced manufacturing” and praised the “huge contribution he’s made to strategic thinking both within business and government on growing global market share”. ...
Men earn £12,500 less in 20s than generation before, research shows image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of February 2017 12:01:07 AM
....In a lecture in Manchester on Thursday, Bell will show that women have adapted better to changes in the workplace brought on by automation in the past 25 years. Women have responded to the loss of secretarial jobs by moving into higher-skilled posts, whereas many of the men who lost manufacturing roles have ended up in lower-skilled and lower-paid occupations. ...
McLaren to create 200 jobs in Sheffield with new £50m plant image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of February 2017 07:40:34 PM
. McLaren Automotive is to open a £50m manufacturing plant in Sheffield that will create more than 200 jobs. ...
Samsung factory fire caused by faulty batteries image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of February 2017 04:31:21 PM
....The Wuqing branch of the Tianjin fire department said on Sina Weibo that the “material that caught fire was lithium batteries inside the production workshops and some half-finished products”. Samsung SDI operates five plants within China, with Tianjin operating as the main manufacturing point for small batteries used in portable electronics, including the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 that had to be recalled twice and withdrawn from sale leaving Samsung with a $5. ...
Made in London no more: will property speculation kill industry in the capital? image
.... In attempting to solve one crisis, we are walking blindfold into another. Land for industrial use – from manufacturing to storage and distribution – is graded as “Class B” in the UK planning system, separate to housing, retail and public institutions. ...

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