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How clever is Ford’s crash proof car?

Ford's announcement of a 'crash proof' car raises some interesting questions, not the least of which is actually defining what 'crash proof' means.

Keep funding the Technology Strategy Board, says CBI

As part of its austerity programme, the Government announced in May a further £11.5billion cut in its expenditure. All Government departments have been asked to review their budgets and that review is nearing completion. The result of the consultations is set to be announced next week in the form of a Spending Review.

What do you know about UK manufacturing?

The UK's manufacturing sector is anything but past it; it generates some £130billion a year and employs 2.5million people. More than 50% of the UK's exports are of products made here; 70% of the cars made here are exported and the UK holds 17% of the global aerospace market.

Can an engineer turn his hand to business?

The latest eviction from The Apprentice was Glenn Ward, dismissed from the programme by Lord Sugar with the parting words: "I've never come across an engineer who can turn his hands to business. You're fired."

Manufacturing is a priority

Now the political horse trading is over, it's time to get on with running the country again and the consensus is the economy - and reducing the country's borrowing - is priority number one.

Time is money and manufacturing is a solution

Since the global economic crisis exposed the UK's reliance on the financial services sector, manufacturing has enjoyed a renaissance. Now, the sector is seen as one of the ways of turning things around. But it's going to be a long haul. Findlay Media's Manufacturing Summit, held on 4 March in London, provided the platform for strong debate on the future of UK manufacturing.

A new industrial society?

We have been told for some years now that skills will be vital as the UK develops a knowledge based economy. The financial crisis has reinforced that thinking and now the talk is of a new industrial society, rather than a post industrial one.

More ‘real engineering’ needed

Delivering the Hinton Lecture to the Royal Academy of Engineering earlier this week, industry secretary Lord Mandelson called for more 'real engineering'.

All steamed up

Another land speed record for the UK. This time, it's the record for steam driven vehicles and one which has stood since 1906.