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Future of Manufacturing in the Midlands

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17 July 2009

Future of Manufacturing in the Midlands

I received an email requesting comments about the following question...

"Are you confident for the future of manufacturing in the Midlands?"

After the last few years as an owner/manager of a Birmingham based manufacturing company and background myself I certainly can't say that I have any confidence in the future of manufacturing in the UK. I remain very concerned about the disregard for the value of manufacturing in the UK and within the Midlands. The modern perceptions of manufacturing don’t encourage new blood and so the future, for so many reasons, is worrying. Support, training and investment is lacking and yet manufacturing is fundamental and at the core.

Birmingham has a legacy of outstanding manufacturing and engineering but it doesn’t seem to matter. My own company was 106 years old and yet we had no choice but administration this year – and we were one of many that now leaves vast holes in our manufacturing capabilities.