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Term Paper: Britain at the Heart of Global Manufacturing

Term Paper: Britain at the Heart of Global Manufacturing

'Properly planned, well-functioning supply chains are absolutely crucial for a competitive UK manufacturing sector, and ultimately a true re-balanced economy.' 
 
 
This may seem an obvious statement, but as our forthcoming term paper highlights, there is actually a long way to go for the UK to be fully exploiting its supply chain potential. Certain initiatives like the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) are welcome, but questions abound regarding the extent of our logistical and communication structures, integration between OEMs and the different tiers along the chain, and Britain's potentially central role in global supply chains.
 
In this paper, Peter Rieck, from the British Coatings Federation, explains that there are several threats that stand in the way of British manufacturing supply industries securing a dominant role in the global supply chain network. He argues that change is needed now if we are to maintain Britian's lead in growth out of recession.
 
Dr Janet Godsell, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy at the Warwick Manufacturing Group, and a Chartered Engineer, outlines how a focus on reshoring might miss out on the actual full potential for the UK to act as a coordinating hub for global manufacturing supply chains. Real understanding of the benefits and challenges, and proper strategic planning, are the keys we need.
 
Echoing Prof Godsell's emphasis on the need for for strategic thinking, Jeremy Phelps from Tata Consultancy Services talks about the danger of short-term thinking, lack of communication or misalignment between OEMs and lower-tiered suppliers.
 
With even more contributions from experts in the field and experienced manufacturers, this term paper is set to be a step-change in the way we talk about supply chains in the UK.