This week ADS, alongside the trade associations representing the automotive, chemicals, food and drink and pharmaceutical manufacturers launched their first paper as the Manufacturing 5 (M5). The paper highlights how the success of the UK’s manufacturing sectors will be central to Government’s ability to deliver on its national ambitions to level up the whole country, reach Net Zero by 2050 and become a global science super-power.

At the formal launch of the paper in Westminster, we were joined by Lee Rowley MP, Business and Industry Minister, Seema Malhotra MP, Labour Shadow Business Minister and other Parliamentarians to hear from the Chief Executives of the M5 organisations and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group Jack Dromey MP. In the speeches at the event, Jack highlighted the importance of Parliamentarians working across political parties to support advanced manufacturing and the high-skilled, well paid jobs they provide up and down the country.

On the paper’s launch Kevin Craven, ADS, Chief Executive said,

Manufacturing and engineering provide the key to building back better, delivering the high wage jobs the UK needs to prosper in a fiercely competitive global economy.

 “Our sectors are national success stories that must be celebrated and supported to compete, to innovate, and to support Britain’s global ambitions. Manufacturing is essential to achieving net zero, ensuring our national economic resilience, and providing rewarding careers, and we present this joint report as a blueprint for the continued growth of our industries in the decades ahead.”

M5 CEOs with Semma Malhotra MP, Shadow Business Minister and Bill Esterson MP Shadow Trade Minister

This first joint report by the five associations sets out a long-term strategy that puts manufacturing at the heart of the UK’s domestic and global agenda, to support delivery of the Government’s five key ambitions. The report recommendations include:

  1. Levelling Up the whole UK
  • Recommendation: Develop the infrastructure, skills and incentives to develop new clusters of advanced manufacturing across the UK.
  1. Achieving Net Zero together
  • Recommendation: Scale up and enhance the industrial energy transformation fund to deliver progress towards Net Zero.
  1. Building a Science Superpower
  • Recommendation: Expand incentives to attract significant R&D investment.
  1. Designing and maintaining world-class regulatory frameworks
  • Recommendation: Establish a coherent strategy for the UK’s regulatory approach for manufacturing sectors, that delivers a level playing field and maintains the highest standards of quality and safety.
  1. Supporting international leadership and Global Britain
  • Recommendation: Place advanced manufacturing at the forefront of a long-term Export Strategy, developed with industry.

You can read and download the full report below and read the full press release here.

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