Engineering Must React Flexibly to Global Changes
Technology and Evolving Global Landscape Change the Processing Plant Floor, Sheffield
Processing and manufacturing plants across the global landscape are constantly evolving thanks to developments in technology and other factors. The world of the plant engineer is changing due to political, economic, social and cultural issues. Competition among engineers, maintenance specialists etc, is fiercer these days yet their roles have remained largely the same. They are responsible for the efficiency, safety, effectiveness and productivity of plants, and most do a great job. Although studies have found that there is more of a concerted effort towards sustainability in Europe than in the US for instance.
As with most other industries, engineering will be experiencing changes as a result of the upheavals of events at home and abroad.
Rising Energy Costs & Transportation Issues Impacting Companies, Leeds
Britain’s manufacturers want a package of policy measures to prevent permanent scarring of the economy and to avert a severe recession. The negative impact of rising energy costs is likely to mean substantial insolvencies and job losses for companies. These are exacerbated by an increase in transport costs and disruption. Apart from energy costs, almost three quarters of companies (74%) say they are looking at increased transportation costs. More than four fifths (82%) stated that transport disruption is a problem for their business. Four in ten companies say that disruption at the Dover Calais crossing has caused major disruption to their business.
Measures needed include specific plans for energy, to aid cash flow and provide greater access to labour supply. There is also a requirement for initiatives to encourage investment, particularly in energy efficiency technologies.
Engineering & Installation Services for Processing Plants in Hull
Stephen Phipson, chief executive of Make UK said: “Whilst industry has recovered strongly over the last year, we are clearly heading for very stormy waters in the face of eyewatering increases in energy costs and a difficult international environment. This threatens to shatter expectations of a sustained recovery from the pandemic.
“Some of the factors impacting companies are global and cannot be contained by the UK Government alone. However, just as it is quite rightly taking measures to protect the least well off, given the rate at which companies are burning through their balance sheets just to survive, it must take immediate and substantial measures to help shield companies from the worst impact of escalating costs and help protect jobs”.
Whatever the current situation and resultant economic uncertainty, engineering and manufacturing remain key to the UK economy. Engineering accounts for 18% of UK employment, and 5.5 million people in the UK work within the engineering and manufacturing sector. There are currently significant skill shortages in the sector, with a growing demand for new hires. These shortages are largely due to economic problems, but also limited awareness and education about engineering among young people. Estimates say that between now and 2024, 200,000 skilled engineers will be needed.
Brookshaw Stuart has carried out a number of major engineering and installation projects in places like Sheffield, Leeds, Hull and Yorkshire. Whatever difficulties are on the horizon, we will continue to offer the highest quality services to our customers.
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