Exciting news emerged as the UK recently learnt that we are globally ranked 5th in the top economies for 3D Printing. In rank order behind US, Germany, Korea and Japan, the UK was placed 5th, whilst within the EU, we came 2nd ahead of Sweden, France & Italy
The study of 30 leading economies, which was carried out by HP and A.T. Kearney, looked at how countries were ready for the 3D printing evolution otherwise labelled as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ which is set to transform the $12-trillion global manufacturing industry over the coming years.
The rankings were based on a series of six key dimensions including:
Whilst the UK ranked 2nd for Technology and 3rd for Trade, it was the People aspect where we fell short, ranking at 11th place. This was seen to be due to a lack in manufacturing skills that we currently offer within our country.
George Brasher, HP’s managing director for the UK and Ireland commented on the report saying that we were at a “critical juncture” and that there was “no room for complacency when preparing the workforce for next-generation manufacturing”. He went onto say that to keep our competitive edge, we must focus on education, adoption and incentivisation within the UK 3D printing sector.
At an All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group meeting with HP, delegates called for several options to be made available to those wanting to lead the UK forwards in UK 3d printing. Solutions could include tax breaks for additive manufacturing companies, more knowledge transfer from universities to businesses, a unified national campaign approach, collaboration between companies and greater support by UK government.
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