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Significant political, economic and market pressures pose substantial physical, operational and technology challenges for the manufacturing and engineering sector.

Manufacturing and Engineering

The requirement to drive efficiency and effectiveness of delivery across this sector, combined with increasing pressure from regulation (both regional and global), has led to organisations needing to drive constant innovation in manufacturing processes and products to ensure global advantage whilst aligning with more proactive governance capabilities. 

 

Aerospace - a global increase in air traffic means this industry is expected to grow at a rate of 6.8% over the next few years. Some of the main companies in the aerospace industry are; Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, Thales Group. Key technology challenges are the environmental demands of technology change, the need to reduce operating costs whilst improving performance.

 

Automotive - there is a need for engineers that can design and manufacture innovative and high quality components. The top UK companies in the automotive industry include; BMW Group, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Nissan, Rolls-Royce, and Toyota. Key technology challenges are globalisation through mergers and acquisitions, supporting accelerated product lifecycles, and continued pressure for innovation and flexibility of support solutions.

 

Nuclear - over the coming decades the industry is set for global expansion, including new nuclear reactors and decommissioning those that are coming off line. The nuclear sector is heavily regulated with critical oversight by the NDA, UKAEA, Government Regulators, and other supporting bodies (e.g. trade associations, professional bodies, etc.). Key organisations in the decommissioning sector are Sellafield Ltd, Urenco, Westinghouse, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd, and Cavendish Nuclear. The new build and generation market has a number of existing suppliers (e.g. EDF, Magnox Ltd, etc) and new potential vendors (e.g. Horizon Nuclear Power, NuGen, etc). Alongside the need to comply with heavy regulation, to support global expansion, the key technology challenge for the industry is the need to have an overall cost efficient and qualified supply chain. Coeus understands IT needs to provide technologies such as big data analytics software to make effective decisions in and increasing complex and risky environment, integration solutions to build trust and capability across supply chain organisations, and build in reliability and longevity to solutions required to support organisations across the life-time of support programme (often 40+ years).

 

Other growth areas include - renewable energy; finding sustainable ways to grow food, build houses and travel; and advances in medical technology for an ageing population. There is also an increasing need for research and development into use of automation and robotics to perform functions for us.

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