From: National Manufacturing Debate 2013, Cranfield University.
21st May 2013
21 May 2013 Manufacturing channel
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Peter Marsh, former Manufacturing Editor, Financial Times
The National Manufacturing Debate is an annual event hosted by Cranfield University. The event brings together manufacturing professionals from a range of sectors to discuss and debate current challenges in the industry, and encourage networking and collaboration across the sector to enable continued and long-term growth. Now into its fourth successful year, this FREE event will take place over two days, 20 and 21 May 2013.
The UK will drop from its current ranking as 15th most competitive manufacturing nation to 19th over in five years' time, and will be increasingly challenged to maintain a competitive edge by emerging nations such as Brazil and India, according to the 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index report from Deloitte. This timely event will therefore examine whether the UK really needs a manufacturing strategy, what such a strategy should include and who should deliver it.
Peter Marsh, former Manufacturing Editor, Financial Times Author, The New Industrial Revolution
Peter Marsh is the former Financial Times' manufacturing editor, reporting on developments in industries relating to manufacturing. He is the author of The New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalization and the End of Mass Production, which considers the relationships between old and new economies and the global future of manufacturing.
The rapid emergence of China and India as prime locations for low-cost manufacturing has led some analysts to conclude that manufacturers in the 'old economies 'the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Japan - are being edged out of a profitable future. But Peter argues that if these 'old economies' can adapt adroitly, opportunities are by no means over.
Peter has written at the Financial Times for a range of subjects, including technology, economics, the chemicals industry, and manufacturing. In the Business Journalist of the Year Awards, Peter was named the winner in the manufacturing category. His previous books are The Silicon Chip Book, The Robot Age, and The Space Business.