The manufacturing industry is one of the largest and most varied industries available to job hunters. While at its simplest, manufacturing involves turning raw materials into finished products, there are also opportunities to work in the research, design, and development fields as well as production and quality assurance.
Still Going Strong
Manufacturing is central to the global economy and contributes around £6.7tr overall. While the industry in the UK may have fallen since its heyday in the 1970s, it still remains strong when compared to other markets around the world. The UK is currently the 11th largest manufacturing nation in the world, directly employing around 2.6 million people and making up 11% of UK GVA.
Where the UK manufacturing industry particularly shines is in high tech manufacturing, especially the aerospace industry where the UK ranks second largest producer of equipment in the world. The industry is also made up of many smaller producers and manufacturing organizations too, such as Biesse, who specialize in creating new tools for furniture manufacturing.
Working in the manufacturing industry means you’re able to stay at the cutting edge of modern technology. 3D printing is become one of the most talked about technologies on the planet right now, with some even proclaiming that could spark the third industrial revolution. 3D printing makes it possible to create a three-dimensional, solid object from a digital file. The machine uses an additive process where objects are formed by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created.
It’s the continuing development of new technologies like these that will help the UK market compete against the trend of low-cost country sourcing. This is the process of sourcing materials from countries with lower labor and production costs, like China, India, and Brazil, to cut operating expenses. These conditions have challenged the manufacturing business to improve productivity, efficiency, and above all, strive for innovation to set themselves apart. For UK manufacturers to stay on the competitive edge, while also staying within the bounds of government restrictions, they’ll have to make the best use of both new technologies and their experience in the market.
One of the biggest benefits of working in the manufacturing industry is that you’ll work with tangible goods. You’ll be able to track the progress of your product from the original design sketches to the finished product throughout its journey. If creating something from the ground up is appealing to you, this may be a career path to follow.