Manufacturing is still this region’s future – Cutler

Craig McKay, who was has been installed as the new Master Cutler, has said “manufacturing is still this region’s future” and called for government support for the industry.

Speaking at his installation, McKay, who at 40 is one of the youngest Masters, said he will spend the coming 12 months promoting manufacturing and the Company of Cutlers’, in equal measure.

At the installation ceremony, attended by several hundred Freeman and Friends of the Company, he said: “Like every Master Cutler that has gone before me, I am passionate about manufacturing – my livelihood depends on it – and I am passionate about this city.

“Sheffield City Region is the best and still the place for expertise in metals and manufacturing. I am passionate about this Company. It is a unifying force and one of the most relevant business organizations for manufacturers and makers in this region.”

The message of the Immediate Past Master, David Grey, that government should create an industrial strategy which priorities manufacturing was one the new Master will continue to promote.

“We need government to recognise the potential of our manufacturing base, and not trip us up by undermining our ability to compete through inadequate infrastructure, ill-considered regulation and uncompetitive energy prices,” he said.

“Manufacturing is still this region’s future. The government needs to deliver the balanced economy that we deserve by focusing on value streams that require our integrity, expertise, knowledge, engineering excellence and by continuing to innovate and develop new processes and product lines that outperform the competition.”

Source: Insider Media

BCC: Welcome manufacturing improvement but the sector still faces many challenges

  • Manufacturing output in August 2015 was up 0.5% on the month but down -0.8% on the year.
  • Total industrial production in August 2015 was up 1.0% on the month and up 1.9% on the year.

Commenting on the index of production figures for August 2015, published today by the ONS, David Kern, Chief Economist of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: 

“It is welcome news to see that manufacturing and total industrial production figures picked up in August, after the disappointing declines recorded in July. However, the manufacturing sector is still facing major challenges – as highlighted in our Quarterly Economic Survey last month – and it is noticeable that in year on year terms the sector is recording a fall.

“The manufacturing sector is facing many headwinds driven by difficult global circumstances. Eurozone growth remains weak and there are serious problems in major economies such as China, Japan, Brazil and Russia.

“Although our economy is increasingly reliant on a vibrant services sector, manufacturing is still a vital sector for innovation, productivity and exports. It is important that manufacturing exporters, in particular, get the support they need as they face significant challenges.

“Additional efforts are needed on the part of the government to strengthen the manufacturing sector, particularly in key areas such as exports, access to finance and skills.”

Notes to editors:

 ONS Index of Production:

BCC International Trade Conference – our annual trade conference is taking place on Tuesday 3 November 2015. This year’s conference, ‘Trade the World, Accessing High Growth Markets’ aims to highlight the untapped opportunities in the fastest-growing overseas markets and will bring together existing and potential exporters with government and prominent business speakers with insight into trading internationally.

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AMRC strengthens links with Korea following new agreement on collaboration

Source: AMRC news

The University of Sheffield is to set up a branch of its Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing in the Republic of Korea. Korean MoUThe new Korean AMRC (KAMRC) is being established following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the University, the Korea institute of Carbon Convergence Technology (KCTECH), Jeonju University and Jeonju City. The agreement builds on an earlier MoU, signed in 2012 by the University, KCTECH and Jeonju City, which heralded the start of international collaboration between the organisations. Since then several successful projects have been undertaken and KCTECH was officially recognised as an Associated Laboratory by the AMRC with Boeing early this year. One project led to researchers from the AMRC, KCTECH and the SsangYong Motor Company winning the JEC Asia Award for innovation in automotive applications for their work on developing a complex composite acoustic cover for a car engine bay that could be cured in an industrial microwave. The new MoU will lead to further collaboration on research, support Korean suppliers to AMRC partners and promote educational cooperation on the joint development of manufacturing courses and student exchanges. The KAMRC will be a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Sheffield. The MoU was signed during a visit to South Korea by AMRC executive dean, Prof Keith Ridgway, CBE; the head of the AMRC Composites Group, Richard Scaife, and Jounghwan Lee, who was involved in the research which led to the JEC Asia Award.