Does your ERP system need some rocket fuel?

Each year, The Manufacturer publishes its Annual Manufacturing Report (AMR). It’s probably the most comprehensive report on manufacturing trends in the UK. This year it states that the “strong…

Industry 4.0: don’t get left behind

Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, big data, IoT, advanced manufacturing intelligence… you’ve heard all the buzzwords, but what do they really mean, and what’s their relevance to your manufacturing business? If you’ve considered any…

Six root causes of poor labour productivity

Poor labour productivity rates are a growing concern for policymakers and manufacturers alike. Output per hour in manufacturing fell by 2% during the final quarter of 2015 but rose…

Labour KPIs – what does good look like?

UK Labour Productivity According to the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) most recent Labour Productivity statistical bulletin [1], the weakness of manufacturing productivity has been a ‘defining feature’ of…

Five reasons why your manufacturing KPIs fail

Jeremy Harford, Managing Director of MESTEC, explains the five reasons why your manufacturing KPIs fail to improve factory performance. By all accounts, times are tough for UK manufacturers. The…