…when you think of manufacturing? Overalls, factories, getting your hands dirty? It’s a common misconception, and one that belies the innovation and forward-thinking that characterises this multifaceted industry.
You cannot overestimate the importance of manufacturing for the UK economy. It accounts for a huge share of total exports (45 per cent). Wages in manufacturing are around 15 per cent higher than the national average, and accounts for 65 per cent of private sector R&D spending.
Manufacturing is highly lucrative and plays a pivotal role in the livelihoods of our population. So, how can manufacturing businesses that have been occupying two worlds – futuristic Artificial Intelligence (AI) and high-tech robots, juxtaposed with the traditional ‘blue-collar’ environment – address the challenges caused by two cultures that seem diametrically opposed?