How factories have evolved over the last decade

In the last century, the nature of work in our cities has changed dramatically. In 1911, many cities were centers of mining and manufacturing. How factories have evolved over the last decade has made the most successful cities become service centers. In most of the cities, mining and manufacturing were the high jobs completed back in 1911. The Great Depression of the 1930s severely affected mining and manufacturing, especially in the north. These struggles are most strikingly seen in the images of some freedom fighters who went from town to town to protest the high unemployment in the Northeast.

In 1934, the Special Areas Act provided industry support in areas of high unemployment, creating business parks and because of its focus on production in the North, this intervention has since set the tone for regional policy. In 1945, the Industrial Distribution Act, coupled with the introduction of Industrial Development Certificates, attempted to prevent the construction of new factories in the South in the hope that they would instead be built further north. The fight lasted until 1972 when Regional Development Grants offered similar machinery and building subsidies.

So what does this mean for factories in the UK today?

Well as we know, the government was implementing the measures to support manufacturing industries in the north, major foreign changes began to push British industry to the brink of major changes in the global economy. The decline in the textile industry in the interwar period had already hit the cotton cities of the Northwest hard, while the struggles of the mining industry made it difficult to work in the coalfields. Now there are still lots of small workshops and factories, as well as many warehouses, including some that are fully kitted out electric chain hoists, automated systems, high end lorries, forklift trucks and high speed doors among other modern conveniences. But even though our processes have improved, we’re very far behind in the global economy.

The election of the Thatcher government signaled a complete turnaround in economic development policy. Not only did an explicitly political focus fall on the regions, but also the manufacturing sector was opened to the full force of global competition. In recent decades, policymakers have sought to protect the manufacturing industry from the world market, but this support to the sector has only made the condition worse impacting many cities performances.

Thatcher is still being chastised in certain circles because of the decline of British production. Fair or not, that’s a misdiagnosis of the problem. From the point of view of the city’s economic performance, the lack of Thatcherism was not the lack of support for mining and production. Instead, there was a lack of a policy approach to help cities move to a more knowledge-based economy, and above all, skills training based on past industries decline.

The manufacturing sector has continued to decline since the end of the Thatcher administration due to the increasing global competition. And that has radically changed the industrial composition of our cities. It is very likely that the party leading the next parliament will continue the language of factories promotion, especially in the North.


What is the best flooring for a factory?

Most industrial areas are subjected to heavy loads and pressure which causes wear and tear of the floor. Although most companies prefer epoxy floors and PU for their high compression property and durability, they are not still the best to fit in most industries. That is why currently, most industries select their own floors depending on the type of industries they’re running. Remember not all industries carry heavy loads.

PMMA resin flooring has become one of the most adored floors in the market due to its longevity nature and durability. Also, apart from its greatness it’s the one that comes at the lowest price in the market. Some of the industries that have benefited from PMMA flooring includes the meat processing facilities which makes it best due to food hygienic standards. Another’s the dairy industry which includes warehouses, laboratories, and production facilities all those require a durable floor and hygienic. You need to have floor that serves all the 3 properties( durability, hygienic, longevity) once.

Benefits of using laser cutting machines in school projects

Laser cutting is a micro-machining process that uses laser technology to cut material with a laser beam. This technology is now widely used in industry in the UK for its speed, flexibility and reliability. The principle of laser cutting is based on the thermal subtraction of the material, which makes it possible to obtain a clean, regular and precise cutting of ferrous, non-ferrous and other types of materials in complex shapes. Continue Reading

The pros and cons of high-speed doors

High-speed doors are specialist doors that open and close very quickly, whilst they are built around being ‘high performance’ and are mostly used in commercial settings. They allow quick movement into or out of a room and have various unique characteristics. Here are some of the pros and cons of high-speed doors. Continue Reading

How To Buy Manufacturing Insurance

Insurance for your Manufacturing can be arranged to cover every aspect of your business from the building, to staff to the products that you make or distribute. Levels of cover can vary and policies can be arranged to include cover for a range of perils.

If you import and distribute goods that are manufactured from outside the UK it is essential that you understand the difference in Manufacturing Standards around the world and how these apply to your companies. For example, if you are manufacturing cosmetics, the list of approved ingredients in the UK is a lot stricter than that in China. Measuring standards differ from the USA to the UK and the rules and regulations about Food Manufacturing are even more complex. So please make sure to do your due-diligence.

If you have any questions regarding the insurance, it’s best to get in contact with companies that offer this service, they will be best to advise.