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Manufacturing News, Early June, 2021

Published 8th June 2021

MANUFACTURING SME manufacturers are confident of more sales, more jobs and more investment in the coming months. Confidence amongst SME manufacturers is at its highest level for two years according to the latest Manufacturing Barometer, carried out by SWMAS (the South West Manufacturing Advisory Service) and the Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP). Nearly two thirds of […]

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Manufacturing News, Late May 2021

Published 18th May 2021

MANUFACTURING SME manufacturing output held flat in the three months to April but is expected to improve markedly in the coming quarter, according to the CBI’s quarterly SME Trends Survey. The survey of 260 SME manufacturing firms saw optimism grow considerably, at the fastest pace in seven years. Sentiment regarding export prospects continued to fall, although at a much slower pace […]

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Manufacturing News, May 2021

Published 11th May 2021

MANUFACTURING Manufacturing optimism in the three months to April improved at its quickest pace since April 1973, while investment intentions saw a strong, broad-based rebound, according to the latest CBI quarterly Industrial Trends Survey. The survey of 288 manufacturers found that firms expect to increase capital expenditure on buildings, plant & machinery, product & process […]

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Manufacturing News, April 2021

Published 20th April 2021

MANUFACTURING The UK market for subcontract manufacturing continued its recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic with a 25% increase on the previous quarter. The latest Contract Manufacturing Index (CMI) stood at 84 for the first quarter of 2021 (Q1) compared to 67 for the final three months of last year. The quarter started […]

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Manufacturing News, March 2021

Published 18th March 2021

MANUFACTURING West Midlands manufacturers are seeing a mixed picture in the first quarter of the year as the continued struggles of the automotive sector hit the region. A survey published today by Make UK and business advisory firm BDO shows the brutal impact of the pandemic with the sector overall seeing a drop in output […]

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Manufacturing News, March 2021

Published 4th March 2021

MANUFACTURING A North West pilot which has helped hundreds of SME manufacturers access technology and digital tools to boost productivity, growth and create jobs, is to continue as part of an £8m government roll-out. The successful initiative becomes part of the Government’s Made Smarter Adoption programme, which now expands into the North East, Yorkshire and […]

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Manufacturing February 2021

Published 18th February 2021

MANUFACTURING The world of manufacturing is no stranger to going through the good times and the bad. The 2008 recession put progress and innovation on hold, and now the coronavirus is threatening to create a short-term future where production lines are firing on cylinders and one day and being turned off the next. This article […]

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Manufacturing News, January 2021

Published 4th February 2021

MANUFACTURING The latest Contract Manufacturing Index showed that the subcontracting market was down 46% in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020 compared to the previous quarter. Year on year though the market barely moved, ending 2021 1% high than it ended 2020. Those figures, though, conceal a volatile 12 months. A strong start to the […]

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Manufacturing News, December 2020

Published 22nd December 2020

MANUFACTURING Input buying volumes in the manufacturing sector have reached their highest levels since March 2019 in the run-up to the end of the Brexit transition period, according to the latest PMI. November saw rising levels of input purchasing and stockpiling, while export business rose as EU-based clients brought forward orders ahead of the 31 […]

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Manufacturing News, October 2020

Published 3rd November 2020

MANUFACTURING The latest Contract Manufacturing Index for the third quarter of 2020 (Q3) shows that the subcontract market bounced back strongly in July and August after the Covid-19 shutdown. The market fell slightly in September, but was still 14% higher than at any point in the previous quarter. The signs are that larger companies have […]

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