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    Yesterday, 11:07 AM
    Hi Wrbridgman What would you say was your greatest challenge so far in this area? Best regards, Daniel.
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    21-05-2018, 10:17 AM
    Hi Phil Ball It's fantastic to have you involved on the Network. If you have any questions I'm here to help. Best regards, Daniel.
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    18-05-2018, 03:06 PM
    Hi @Martin Coldbeck Many thanks for posting your challenge. I encourage Members to share their feedback with you on using these systems. We will also highlight your question to Members in our next newsletter due out on 30 May. Best regards, Daniel.
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    15-05-2018, 03:51 PM
    Hi Robin Cairns Welcome to the Network. It's fantastic to have someone with your experience join the Network. Best regards, Daniel.
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    08-05-2018, 08:49 AM
    EEF wants to understand why productivity growth has flat lined and what can be done to get the sector back on a growth path. Our research shows that manufacturing is the engine to drive productivity growth across the whole economy having beaten whole economy and services productivity growth in the past. UK manufacturing productivity levels were catching up with international comparators in the run up to the 2008 recession. However after this, and the collapse in productivity growth, this trend went into reverse. There is not one factor that can completely explain the productivity...
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    04-05-2018, 01:47 PM
    Hi Jane High This went out in our newsletter this week and I also shared it on LinkedIn. I encourage other Network members to share their knowledge on this topic. Best regards, Daniel.
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    02-05-2018, 02:00 PM
    Hi Sai Sharma Thanks for posting such a thought-provoking discussion starter. I am sure other members will have something to say on these 6 signs. What do you think is the most important out of these 6 which factory managers should address first or is it dependent on the type of factory and products being made? Best regards, Daniel.
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    02-05-2018, 10:18 AM
    Hi Jane High Thank you for posting. Could you provide some more details about this please? Thank you. Best regards, Daniel.
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    02-05-2018, 10:09 AM
    We’re delighted to highlight the work of our Manufacturing Champion for May - HYDRO Systems UK Limited. HYDRO is a world leader in innovative design & supply of aircraft tooling and ground support equipment. They offer mechanical design capabilities into the wider engineering world. HYDRO has successfully supported a host of key global OEM players including Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Airbus, BAe and all global airlines including British Airways, Virgin, Lufthansa and Aeroflot. They specialise in a broad spectrum of design services from expert requirements capture, small design projects through...
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    30-04-2018, 10:18 AM
    Hi Andrew Kemp One of our associates has offered the following advice to your question: 'Working within your current scope there is no recognition of design capability. Recommending design adjustments to your customer for ease of manufacturing purposes is legitimate within this scope as long as the customer adjusts their own designs under their own certification scope. Branching out to be a stand-alone design capable organisation does require the application of the clauses within 8.3. The required extension to your QMS to control this sufficiently depends upon the products /...
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    30-04-2018, 09:41 AM
    Today EEF publishes a new report - 'A Levy Price to Pay: The Apprenticeship Levy One Year On'. The survey shows overwhelming support for sweeping reforms Key findings: 95% of manufacturers want changes to the Levy in some form Only 7% of companies have had no challenges with the Levy Two in five companies say colleges/training providers unable or unwilling to provide Apprenticeships that manufacturers want
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    25-04-2018, 10:15 AM
    An interesting article 'A German solution to the UK’s productivity puzzle' in today's (25 April 2018) Financial Times (FT) looks at reasons why the UK's productivity lags behind that of Germany. According to the article, 'output per hour worked in Germany is more than a quarter higher than in the UK'. The key to closing this gap maybe in the way German companies work with their supply chains and understanding this will be critical for manufacturers in the UK as 'B-Day' (Brexit Day) approaches. Siemens's Congleton plant in Cheshire is highlighted as a best practice plant for productivity....
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    24-04-2018, 03:04 PM
    Siemens has launched an early adopter program for its new online collaboration Network which seeks to boost the global uptake of additive manufacturing. The new platform aims to build an ecosystem made up of interested parties including designers, engineers, OEMs of 3D printing machines, material vendors and software providers who can help reduce the overall uptake risks of additive manufacturing. For more information see an article here or visit the Siemens Additive Manufacturing Network here Next week the EEF Network team will be interviewing PES Performance who are advocates of...
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    23-04-2018, 11:35 AM
    Hi Jane High Could you provide a few more details about the type of compressor you are looking for? Thank you. Best regards, Daniel.
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    20-04-2018, 11:20 AM
    Hi Jane High Thank you for posting. I hope other members of the community will be able to offer a solution to this for you. In the meantime I will also ask my colleagues if they know of a company who may be able to help. Best regards, Daniel.
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    20-04-2018, 10:49 AM
    Most of you will know the feeling of dread when several hundred IKEA boxes are delivered for you to unpack and assemble. Well, now there is a solution to your problems (well sort of). A team of researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have created robots that assemble an IKEA chair in 20 minutes. You can watch the video below and explore more about this and the team's more ambitious realisations for these robots in this article here How have robots changed your production line? We want you to share best practice with other manufacturers across the UK. Have you...
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    17-04-2018, 01:32 PM
    EEF has released its 5th Sector Bulletin report in partnership with Santander covering the UK Mechanical Equipment Sector. The Bulletin looks to delve into the sector, examining its structure, characteristics, risks, opportunities and long-term trends. The report covers: • What constitutes mechanical equipment manufacturing and the products that make up the sector. • Its characteristics – including specifically its cyclical nature and productivity performance • How the mechanical equipment sector is distributed geographically • The...
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    17-04-2018, 12:45 PM
    Hi Andrew Kemp Thank you for posting your question. I am tagging Luke Parker and Garry Clawson who may have knowledge of this. I also encourage others in the community to offer their feedback. Best regards, Daniel.
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    12-04-2018, 01:52 PM
    Hi @Jane High We use Itrent software for our HR. More information here https://www.mhr.co.uk/solutions/hr-management/ I have also reached out to other HR professionals for you. I hope they will offer advice on the types of software they use. Best regards, Daniel.
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    12-04-2018, 10:57 AM
    In this webinar, EEF’s Chief Economist, @Lee Hopley , discusses our understanding of why manufacturing productivity growth has flat lined and what can be done to get the sector’s productivity performance back on a growth path. Productivity, and its growth, is important. It enables more to be created with less supporting competitiveness, profitability and higher living standards. The UK manufacturing sector has historically contributed significantly to whole economy productivity and it remains firmly at the top of the agenda for EEF members. But despite this strong performance, since...
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    12-04-2018, 10:17 AM
    Hello Everyone, As many of you will be aware taking a proactive approach to health and well-being at work can nurture higher levels of employee engagement while fostering a workforce eager to succeed. Well-being spending rose in 2017 and is expected to rise further in 2018, yet it remains relatively low, with a median spend of just £26 to £50 per year per employee. Almost half (45 percent) of corporate organisations have a defined well-being strategy in place – up from less than a third (30 percent) in 2016. 84 percent of those without one are planning to introduce one either within the...
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    11-04-2018, 10:22 AM
    An interesting report 'Game changing technologies: Exploring the impact on production processes and work' published on 5 April 2018 sets out the ways game changing technologies will impact manufacturing in Europe up to 2025. The report assesses the impact of several technologies including Advanced Industrial Robotics (AIR); Additive Manufacturing (AM); Electric Vehicles (EV); Industrial Biotechnology (IB) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Lessons of early adoption of new technologies One of the most interesting aspects of the report highlights the relationship between...
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    10-04-2018, 10:24 AM
    In this blog, EEF's Senior Legal Adviser, Sara Meyer, sets out changes, which came into force on 6 April 2018, to the way payments on termination of employment are taxed. As explained further below, all payments in lieu of notice are to be treated as earnings subject to tax and class 1 (employer and employee) NICs Payments for injury to feelings connected to termination fall outside the exemption for injury payments, except where the injury amounts to a psychiatric injury or other recognised medical condition Foreign service relief for UK resident employees is abolished (except in...
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    09-04-2018, 02:56 PM
    Hi @Jane High Thanks for posting. I am certain that someone on the Network and wider EEF Community will be able to offer you a solution to this. I will ask my colleagues here if they know of such a software which can help. I wonder if @Tracey Hider @Gavin Smith @Matt Dale @Wendy Allen @Peter McCarthy @Denis Parsons @Claire Ellis and @Craig Pendergast use an HR software which could help Jane? Best regards, Daniel.
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