The UK government has renewed its vision for the country’s industrial sector, with Prime Minister Theresa May announcing a “modern industrial strategy”.
Having gone through a prolonged period of restructuring during the 1970s and 80s, industry and manufacturing have come to be seen by some people as something of an anachronism.
But now, with newer robotics and automation technologies, combined with much higher levels of connectivity through the internet of things, as well as advanced manufacturing methods such as 3D printing, the industrial sector may become a significant growth area.
Commenting on the government’s interest in the industrial sector’s potential, Brian Palmer, CEO of engineering firm Tharsus, says the UK’s productivity levels would increase through adoption of innovative new technologies.
Palmer says: “The Government’s commitment to support the growth of the UK’s robotics and automation sector through its Industrial Strategy is very welcome. Robotics and automation has the capacity to drive significant increases in the UK’s productivity, and help some very present social challenges such as caring for our ageing population.”
“Much like the internet has, robotics will yield a revolutionary change in how we work and live. It has applications in every commercial sector and section of society, and offers a great opportunity for the UK.
“The UK has first-class research universities and a leading high-value manufacturing sector. By supporting the development of the UK robotics industry, and the transition of research into commercially viable products, the UK can be a leading force in what will become a $100 Billion global market within the next few years.”
Tharsus, which recently appointed Tim Ensor as its chief commercial officer, describes itself as one “a new breed” of engineering businesses, designed to deliver 21st century robotic technology to give its customers a “clear competitive advantage”.
Its product development and manufacturing capability has enabled the company to undertake major contracts to build complex robotics and electro-mechanical products for companies such as Rapiscan, BT and Ocado.
Tharsus employs more than 200 people at its operations in Northumberland, County Durham and Cambridgeshire.
And although many people in Britain might think the country is a manufacturing minnow in the world, the UK is in fact one of the top 10 manufacturing nations in the world. with annual revenues approaching $300 billion.