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    Manufacturing

    We made it

    • By Editor
    • January 30, 2021
    • 2 minute read

    Well, 2020 is finally over. I was half expecting the clock to flick to 11.60 on New Year’s Eve and the longest year of our lives to drag on. When Boris announced further lockdown measures on 19th December, the joke was ‘it’s only another 371 days to Christmas’ – and that’s exactly how 2020 felt. But I can assure you, it is over. Now, we all have to pick ourselves up and move forward with renewed vigour; living with the optimism that the vaccine promises to provide in coming months.

    There is no escaping the fact that 2020 was a challenging year. But there were plenty of positives. For anyone that looked into the facts behind the Ventilator Challenge, it was a superhuman feat of manufacturing excellence. Figures from the Department for International Trade show the UK attracted 1,852 new inward investment projects in the 2019/2020 financial year, representing a 4% increase on the previous year and creating tens of thousands of jobs. Unfortunately, these figures seem somewhat hollow against a backdrop of high-street Armageddon and the inevitable Covid induced slow-down in manufacturing output. But we are engineers, we are innovators and we are not working on the high street. The increasing inward investment against the backdrop of Brexit uncertainty is testament to how ‘Great’ Britain and it’s manufacturing sector really is; something epitomised by the Ventilator Challenge, the aero industry and more.

    But enough of the pep talk. In this issue, we’re taking a look at the stuttering aerospace industry and how it is returning to pre-Covid output levels. There were over 500 aircraft order cancellations in 2020, but the order book is still well over 13,000 and Q4 of 2020 notched the best orders of the year, showing a gradual return to normality. For the supply chain, R&D presents an exciting opportunity with the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) having a £2.8bn fund with opportunities for subcontractors with expertise in machining advanced materials – isn’t it time you got involved?

    Talking of advanced materials, innovation and world-leading – we have our second instalment of the Hexagon & Red Bull F1 story as well as a follow-up story on Four Jaw Analytics. Two perfect examples of why UK engineering continues to lead the world and why, despite Brexit, businesses still want to invest in UK PLC.

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    We made it

    Well, 2020 is finally over. I was half expecting the clock to flick to 11.60 on New Year’s Eve and the longest year of our lives to drag on. When Boris announced further lockdown measures on 19th December, the joke was ‘it’s only another 371 days to Christmas’ – and that’s exactly how 2020 felt. But I can assure you, it is over. Now, we all have to pick ourselves up and move forward with renewed vigour; living with the optimism that the vaccine promises to provide in coming months.

    There is no escaping the fact that 2020 was a challenging year. But there were plenty of positives. For anyone that looked into the facts behind the Ventilator Challenge, it was a superhuman feat of manufacturing excellence. Figures from the Department for International Trade show the UK attracted 1,852 new inward investment projects in the 2019/2020 financial year, representing a 4% increase on the previous year and creating tens of thousands of jobs. Unfortunately, these figures seem somewhat hollow against a backdrop of high-street Armageddon and the inevitable Covid induced slow-down in manufacturing output. But we are engineers, we are innovators and we are not working on the high street. The increasing inward investment against the backdrop of Brexit uncertainty is testament to how ‘Great’ Britain and it’s manufacturing sector really is; something epitomised by the Ventilator Challenge, the aero industry and more.

    But enough of the pep talk. In this issue, we’re taking a look at the stuttering aerospace industry and how it is returning to pre-Covid output levels. There were over 500 aircraft order cancellations in 2020, but the order book is still well over 13,000 and Q4 of 2020 notched the best orders of the year, showing a gradual return to normality. For the supply chain, R&D presents an exciting opportunity with the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) having a £2.8bn fund with opportunities for subcontractors with expertise in machining advanced materials – isn’t it time you got involved?

    Talking of advanced materials, innovation and world-leading – we have our second instalment of the Hexagon & Red Bull F1 story as well as a follow-up story on Four Jaw Analytics. Two perfect examples of why UK engineering continues to lead the world and why, despite Brexit, businesses still want to invest in UK PLC.