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Manufacturers urged to embrace digital technology in post-Brexit economy

28th July 2017, 10:21am

To be able to drive growth in a post-Brexit economy; British manufacturers need to invest in digital technology that will keep them competitive and relevant. We have taken the leap into digital manufacturing processes to increase our efficiency, following heavy investment in new digital technologies.
 
At a time when UK manufacturers are tasked with becoming the engine room of the post-Brexit economy, we believe that it is this investment in digital technology that will enable us to increase our production capacity, shorten lead times, reduce waste and fulfil an increasing volume of orders.
 
Mark Dixon, Executive Chairman at Godfrey Syrett said:

“Despite the turbulence of the Brexit negotiations, the North East manufacturing market remains strong and we have every confidence that the sector will thrive post-Brexit.
 
Looking to the future, we believe it is important for manufacturers to invest in automation technologies in order to update current processes and remain competitive and profitable, as well as continuing to invest in a skilled workforce who are ready to adopt these new practices.”

 
We recently invested £450,000 in a state-of-the-art Homag BMG machine, which has been installed at our manufacturing site in Langley Moor, Durham. The multi-production system is to be used for cutting, edging and boring furniture panels and will reduce time spent in manual handling by manoeuvring production items automatically.
 
This follows a long line of technology investment, exceeding £1.5m in recent years. We have also purchased a digital saw, a Lectra fabric cutting and optimisation solution, and we are awaiting installation of an edgebander gluing machine.
 
Michael Donachie, Operations Director at Godfrey Syrett said:

“The BMG machine is a major investment in what represents the latest technology on offer in furniture manufacturing and has already enabled us to fulfil larger-scale jobs within very short time frames. We are committed to continually improving the quality and quantity of our output and we are very pleased with the results of our latest investment”.

 
Earlier this year, we announced we had upped its growth target to £50m, a turnover which we are planning to achieve by 2020.
 
Mr Dixon added:

“We believe it is important to move forward and embrace the use of innovative tools and processes that will enable the business to flourish in the long-term.
 
By investing in manufacturing hardware, we will be more strategically placed to meet the increased demands of a more competitive market and this will help us achieve our long-term goals.”

 
Within the manufacturing sector, the use of digital technology is seen by many as a key factor in enabling the UK to compete in Europe and further afield. The German manufacturing industry is 2.7 times larger than that of the UK and invests 6.6 times more in automation which is a key driver of their high productivity.