The Future of UK Manufacturing and Supply

Posted on: 14/04/2023

Traditionally, the U.K. was a major world leader in manufacturing and construction, being where the industrial revolution initially began. However, during the second half of the 20th century, the sector steadily declined. This dwindling was brought to a halt and through new innovations and governmental support, the industry has been rekindled.

Alongside this exciting new growth, there has also been a range of challenges. Supply chains have been massively disrupted over the last few years due to the global health crisis, thus leading many corporations to source local materials for their production.

This local sourcing, nonetheless, was seen as a net positive and highlighted another issue within U.K. Industry: the country’s reliance on imports from overseas.

Such dependence on imports not only influences the local economy but also causes significant distress to the environment with an increase in carbon emissions due to transportation etc. whilst running against the government’s goal of net zero by 2050. However, it is impossible for some materials to be sourced locally, so how do   businesses import while still maintaining sustainable practices?

Additionally, U.K Industry suffers from a skills gap, where employers are unable to find young talent with the manual and technical skills needed. What are companies doing to combat this?

These questions are the focus of Executive TV’s latest special programme, The Future of UK Manufacturing and Supply”, featuring discussion and analysis from some of the industry’s biggest players.

European Springs & Pressings Ltd manufacture the largest range of springs in the entirety of the U.K.

Hillstone Products Ltd manufacture load banks for testing generators, UPS systems, battery systems and fuel cells.

SIKA Ltd produce a range of construction products used for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protecting.

The Future of UK Manufacturing and Supply will be first broadcast on SKY Digital 181 on Sunday 16th April @10.30 (am), then again on Sunday 21st May @ 10.30 (am) on SKY Digital 181.

After the initial broadcast, the programme will be available at with the rest of our digital archive.

About Executive TV

Executive TV has been producing business-focused documentaries for the past twelve years. Our programming covers the whole breadth of commerce and industry in the UK, from manufacturing and heavy industry to financial services and consultancy. We have always made innovation a focus of our programmes, telling the story of new ideas and how they are impacting companies in the UK.

Executive TV base our success on bringing to our audience the knowledge, experience and expertise of our featured partners. We offer our audience insights into the future of UK industry, as well as exclusive access to leading figures from across the public and private sectors.


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