Manufacturing is Coming Home

Alongside in-depth research, this research brings together expert insight and predictions to determine the future of the market.

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About the report

This report reflects back on the UK’s powerhouse history and understanding our specialisms as a nation. The piece investigates the current changes within the market and predicts the future of the manufacturing sector, and if and when we should expect to see production coming home.

Our Collaborators

Make UK champions and celebrates British manufacturing and manufacturers. Together, they build a platform for the evolution of UK manufacturing. make UK are at the cutting edge of innovation; leading the way in developing skills and driving competitive advantage for the UK.

The NW Made Smarter adoption pilot will improve the competitiveness, increase exports, and productivity of North West manufacturers and supply chains through fully funded access to support, guidance, and grant funding for the adoption of industrial digital technologies.

Hark is an award-winning Energy Analytics and Industrial IoT company based in Leeds. Known for the innovative technology in their subscription cloud platform, they’re on a mission to improve efficiency, maximise yield and reduce waste.

By 2022, Crystal Doors will be carbon neutral across all scopes and are bringing all of their customers, suppliers and stakeholders with them. They have won prestigious awards for their progress to date, which includes £1.5 million invested in clean energy and energy efficiency!

JetSoft is a company dedicated to improving the accessibility and efficiency of NDT information. Their products are focused on helping companies to manage their NDT data, a resource which is often poorly utilised and undervalued.


The majority of manufacturers already understand the benefits of digitalisation and have begun investigating various technologies that will help to optimise their operations, which in turn drives down energy consumption and emissions.

The aim of sustainability is to design and develop manufacturing processes and products that have zero impact on the environment. Automation, IoT, machine learning and data analytics are the enablers that will drive efficiency in manufacturing. For instance, the integration of sensors across a facility can provide real-time insight into asset usage and behaviour patterns, carbon emission level, energy consumption patterns and detect anomalies in assets. This combined with simulation systems would enable manufacturers to mitigate their environmental impact, without losing their competitive standing.

“Almost 75% of SME manufacturers supported by Made Smarter with digitalisation are putting data and systems integration at the heart of their productivity and growth plans. They are embracing industrial digital technologies to connect their disparate systems and unify data residing in different sources. Integrating a variety of systems and consolidating data sources is allowing business leaders to spot trends in production and labour, correct maintenance and quality issues, and minimise safety, business risk and operational downtime throughout their production. The benefits of these can be seen in the entire supply chain eco-system.”

– Jude Holmes, Made Smarter 

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