An industrial revolution that begins in a sandpit

The Times 19 August 2014

‘In the future, 30 or 40 years from now, as the scarcity of resources comes to bite across the world, being good at manufacturing could be as important as being good at defence.” Hamid Mughal, the director of manufacturing at Rolls-Royce, might be biased, but many countries appear to agree.

Germany is investing €200 million in advanced manufacturing. President Obama has led a push for the reinvention of American manufacturing, with a proposed $1 billion war chest. Now Britain is playing catch-up, with £150 million being invested by the government over five years to kick-start innovation and lure manufacturing companies back to its shores.

The race is on to lead the so-called fourth industrial…

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