In its broadest form, manufacturing covers everything humans create. In engineering terms manufacturing is the creation of products that perform a function. The UK historically led the modernisation of manufacturing through the industrial revolution through late 1700’s and early 1800’s, transforming handcrafting to industrial machine manufacturing.
Today’s global manufacturing landscape embraces and in many cases drives the digital technologies generating virtual and automated manufacture in many commercial sectors. The ongoing evolution of materials and processing science feeds change and opportunities in modern manufacturing.
The UK manufacturing sector is still amongst the most innovative and competitive global players. Innovative design and creative capability are at the centre of this thriving industry.