Manufacturing Supply Chain Demand Study: Profiling UK Manufacturing Performance

Andrew Thomas, Hefin Rowlands, Peter Dorrington, Filipa Costa, Mark Francis, Ron Fisher

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    Manufacturing industry has changed rapidly over the course of the last 20 years. Significant paradigm shifts and technological advancements will continue as UK industry continually adjusts to the opportunities and threats that it faces today and in the future. The emergence of new manufacturing technologies, new management systems, organizational structures, and decision-making methods will lead to new products and processes. The UK Foresight panel report into the Future of Manufacturing 2050 highlight the importance of manufacturing to the UK economy and describe the changing nature of the modern manufacturing environment. The report highlights the major technical challenges for manufacturing industry. Through a survey of 50 manufacturing supply chain companies, the objective of this paper is to identify the key challenges and issues faced by supply chain companies in the UK. Direct feedback from industrialists will inform the analysis of how and in what way UK manufacturers can meet these challenges.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Manufacturing Technology XXX
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research - Incorporating the 31st National Conference on Manufacturing Research
    EditorsYee Mey Goh, Keith Case
    PublisherIOS Press
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61499-668-2
    ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-667-5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
    Event14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research - Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom
    Duration: 6 Sept 20168 Sept 2016


    Conference14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • Manufacturing
    • Supply Chain
    • Innovation
    • Survey


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