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Equally valued, technically 17/04/2017

Over many years, Machinery has watched how technical training has fallen away (as measured by engineering apprenticeship numbers) and as initiative after initiative to boost parity of esteem between academic and vocational education has come and gone.   Read More

Local: the new global? 13/03/2017

Donald Trump and Brexit are a reflection of the fact that a large constituency in each country feels left behind by globalisation; through the loss of high paying manufacturing jobs, for example. But ‘peak globalisation’ has already been reached; the tide is turning, so last month’s leader, ‘Reshoring by tweet’, is a reflection of something bigger. Trump is pushing at an open door.  Read More

Reshoring by tweet 01/02/2017

The 45th president of the United States is in place – Donald J Trump. He took the role on 20 January this year, just prior to Machinery going to press. An unusual presidential campaign that saw hopeful candidate Trump making ample use of Twitter’s 140 characters then saw President-Elect Trump continue in similar vein, attacking both Ford and GM over Mexican investment plans.   Read More

Old news; new possibility? 04/01/2017

The UK’s industrial policy has been of topical interest lately. The UK has been engaged in an analysis of its relative economic decline, with a focus on manufacturing, since the late 19th century.   Read More

Walking the walk: suppliers are implementing Industry 4.0 technologies in their own operations 27/12/2016

The connection of manufacturing technology to people via mobile apps or the cloud is an increasing theme from technology suppliers.   Read More

Industry 4.0, starting from zero 23/12/2016

At the MACH 2016 exhibition in April, Machinery bumped into exhibition organiser the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s recently-appointed Industry 4.0 champion, and we revealed what he had to say in July (see link below).  Read More

Skill required: what Britain needs, post-Brexit 21/12/2016

With the Brexit vote out of the way, we can now get on with…discussing the details of Brexit, ad infinitum. The two fundamentally opposed issues remain – controlling EU migration to the UK (we can already control non-EU migration) and maintaining tariff-free trade with Europe.  Read More

This month 25 years ago: December 1991 01/12/2016

UK manufacturing – not so bad; industrial policy – in Sweden; German lathe supports batch-of-one production; CO2 versus YAG lasers; computer modelling; EDM and fuzzy logic; UK automotive industry – spending, growing  Read More

Tuning up training: our view of the new apprenticeships levy 21/09/2016

Training is a massive issue for the engineering and manufacturing sectors, whose demographic is decidedly mature.   Read More Image 1 comment

So, it's farewell, then: Machinery responds to the EU referendum decision 16/08/2016

Drawing on the opinion of the vast majority of business representative organisations, unions, political parties and global institutions who were for ‘Remain’ in the recent referendum, Machinery was in that corner.  Read More

Official versus individual: Machinery weighs in on the EU referendum 21/06/2016

It’s that month. On 23 June, the country will vote to either remain in or leave the EU.  Read More

Industry three-and-a-bit 08/06/2016

There are multiple references to Industry 4.0 these days in the business media. Industry 4.0 is shorthand for the industrial Internet of Things, a world of connected devices and information in the industrial/business sphere.  Read More

Change maker 08/02/2016

The Autodesk University (AU) event of last November/December, held in one of Las Vegas’ over-the-top hotels, The Venetian, was high on practical advice for users through hundreds of small sessions and high on energy for all via visionary mass session presentations – 10,000 individuals attended AU.  Read More

This month 25 years ago: November 1990 13/11/2015

In-house toolrooms; machine tool industry research and demand; tooling guides; automated machining centres; The Colchester Lathe Co; manufacturing cells; Italy’s Mecof; management strategies, coolant and more  Read More

It's going to cost 02/11/2015

As an ex-Engineering Industry Training Board (EITB) apprentice of the ‘70s, I will observe the progress of the government’s proposed apprenticeship levy with interest. Such support for the 1964 Industrial Training Act-inspired EITB ended during the 1980s.  Read More

This month 25 years ago: September 1990 29/10/2015

Automation is not a job killer; auto industry invests to grow; hard turning needs a harder push; MAP to go open standards route; rotary forging club starts up; FMS user changes course; laser profiling focus for subcontracting and more  Read More

Puzzled for too long 11/09/2015

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published its thoughts on the UK’s productivity puzzle ( It is 16% below where trend growth from 2007 should put it.  Read More

Export challenge 24/08/2015

The release of the so-called Cole report has drawn attention to the previous government's ambition, now this government's, for UK exports to reach £1 trillion by 2020, doubling the UK's 2010 figure (which, unfortunately, was also the UK's 2014 figure).   Read More

A North East first 02/07/2015

The doors open for the inaugural and long sold-out Manufacturing and Engineering North East (MENE) exhibition ( on 8-9 July.   Read More

Made here now 09/06/2015

Following on from his book, The New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalization and the End of Mass Production, past Financial Times business writer Peter Marsh is the brains behind a new website, Made Here Now –  Read More

This month 25 years ago - July 1988 04/10/2013

Subcontractors' marketing and their use of automated technology; machine tool industry changes and developments; high volume brake pad production; Italian machine tools, all were covered this month in Machinery 25 years ago.  Read More

Industry 4.0 – what? 16/09/2013

You will be hearing about Industry 4.0 at the forthcoming EMO exhibition in September (Hanover 16-21). It results from a German government initiative to boost domestic industry.  Read More

This month 25 years ago - June 1988 14/09/2013

We are concerned about the UK's mould tool makers, not for the first time; the replacement of cam-driven fixed-head autos comes under the spotlight; MACH 88 gets reviewed, with automation a theme there and in our news pages.  Read More

This month 25 years ago - May 1988 10/07/2013

Training makes the cover in May, with two articles looking at the issue, while the news pages carry related items. Elsewhere, we highlight first successes from MACH 88, and give automated assembly, quite a topic in the 80s, some profile.   Read More Image 1 comment

Inspired? I’m not 08/07/2013

The £1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering recognises outstanding advances in engineering that have changed the world and benefited humanity. The prize will celebrate the best and also serve to illuminate the sheer excitement of modern engineering. That's how the new prize is headlined.  Read More

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