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New dawn: The evolution of the UK industrial and logistics sector

According to the Industrial and Logistics Market 2019 report by Lambert Smith Hampton, 2018 was a record year for industrial and logistics investment volume with £8.4bn of assets changed hands, driving the sector to outperform the rest of the commercial real estate market.
11th July 2019

Celebrating Women in Engineering for INWED

Celebrating Women in Engineering for INWED
As we celebrated International Women in Engineering day earlier this month, She Can Engineer, a group of young female engineers, organised an evening of talks and panel discussions, in association with WES (Women’s Engineering Society), to celebrate not only women, but also diversity in the industry.
1st July 2019

International Women in Engineering Day – the women have their say

International Women in Engineering Day – the women have their say
This year, 23rd June marks the sixth anniversary of International Women in Engineering Day, and 100 years of the Women’s Engineering Society. There’s no hiding from the fact that STEM careers can be a male-dominated world, and with only 15% of engineering graduates being female, it appears there’s still a lot more that can be done to encourage women into STEM. 
24th June 2019


British manufacturer celebrates INWED

British manufacturer celebrates INWED
The world’s only manufacturer of vinyl playing jukeboxes is celebrating International Women in Engineering Day on June 23 with the announcement of two females to its senior management team. In contrast to the predominately male industry in which it operates, Sound Leisure is keen to encourage further female personnel to its team of innovative manufactures and senior leaders to help drive the company forward.
20th June 2019

MPW Series expands the MobilePower product offering

MPW Series expands the MobilePower product offering
ElectroCraft has expanded its MobilePower traction system offer with the MPW52 and MPW86. The MobilePower Wheel-Drive (MPW) features a high torque-density brushless DC motor with an integrated single-stage planetary gearbox and wheel drive assembly. 
18th June 2019

It could take almost 200 years for gender equality in construction

It could take almost 200 years for gender equality in construction
GMB, the construction union, has revealed it will take nearly 200 years to achieve gender equality in the construction industry. The analysis, revealed at GMB’s annual Congress in Brighton today, shows at the current rate of growth, the number of women in construction will equal men by the year 2194.
17th June 2019

Here come the girls: the latest in tech innovation

Here come the girls: the latest in tech innovation
In early May, Giant held an event which focused on tech innovation for women’s health, bringing in a wealth of female entrepreneurs. Those assembled took the opportunity to create an open and forward-thinking space to discuss the future of femtech. Among the activities of the day were a series of panel talks, illuminating everything from driving inclusion in health tech to personalised health.
3rd June 2019

Stronger leadership needed on gender balance

Stronger leadership needed on gender balance
  The leaders of eight of the UK’s leading energy companies, between them representing 56,000 employees, are urging a renewed effort to drive up the number of women at senior levels in the energy sector, to meet the challenges that lie ahead. 
17th May 2019

Have we done enough?

Have we done enough?
Recent research carried out by the Subcon engineering show here in the UK has suggested that there has been a massive leap in business over the past few years and therefore we don’t need to do anything else to encourage women into manufacturing as a career. In 2018 a similar survey was carried out and showed seven percent of people within the industry believed everything that could be done to encourage women into the field of engineering has been done. Now in 2019 the results reflect very differently with now 56% people thinking the job is done.
15th May 2019

Digital Catalysts and the Future of British Manufacturing

Digital Catalysts and the Future of British Manufacturing
Did you know 40% of UK manufacturers are worried about skills? Skills are not like they used to be as, Asif Moghal explained during a panel talk at the IoT tech Expo last week in London. He said the skills required now need to be able to take businesses through to the next stage, and people need qualities such as flexible manufacturing, customer experience, connected services and mass customisation.
3rd May 2019

Is technology sexist?

Is technology sexist?
Without sounding like a stuck record, if 2018 proved anything to us, it showed that women have definitely come a long way within the tech industry, and as a glass half full type of person, this year looks promising in terms of continuing to encourage females. However, the fact that I am writing this article means that although a battle may have been won, there’s still some way to go to win the war, and so I want to pose the question - is technology inherently sexist?
12th April 2019

Time to raise a glass as WES reaches three figures

Time to raise a glass as WES reaches three figures
In 2019 the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) turned 100 years old and celebrated the present, remembering the past and continuing to change the future. 2018 marked the centenary of British women gaining the right to vote, marking the Representation of the People Act 1918. It gave suffrage for most men, and enfranchised women over 30 who met minimum property qualifications.
12th April 2019

Where are all the role models at?

Where are all the role models at?
Cast your minds back to October, Startups Magazine hosted a 'Female Founders' event to celebrate women in tech, bringing together women and men from the industry to highlight female startups and female entrepreneurs in the industry. Two panel discussions were held and one thing that became apparently clear from the audience and the professionals on the panel, was the huge lack of role models in the technology industry as a whole and in particular, sources of female inspiration for young people.
11th April 2019

Are women in tech doomed from the very beginning?

Are women in tech doomed from the very beginning?
There are several reasons why there are not enough women in tech as we touched on in last month’s last column, however, when does that discouragement process start? My instinctive answer to this question suggests that it begins in school and at a young age. Is there enough encouragement in STEM subjects for young girls, and if so where does it go wrong? Is it that we have created a society with so many stereotypes that young girls are put off without even realising it?
11th April 2019

Why are we still addressing the lack of women in engineering?

Why are we still addressing the lack of women in engineering?
Women gained the vote 100 years ago this year, a momentous occasion that has gone down in history, so why is there still a gap within the engineering industry between genders? Electronic Specifier’s Anna Flockett investigates. In fact there is not enough diversity in the technology sector as a whole. Mike Butcher, Editor at Tech Crunch, said that this year’s figures show that in the technology sector 20% of the workforce are females, which has dropped from 33% in 2002.
11th April 2019

Women in Engineering Column

Women in Engineering Column
This year saw WES (The Women’s Engineering Society) celebrate its 100 year anniversary. A lot has changed for women over the last century, as Electronic Specifier’s Anna Flockett found out at the organisation’s centennial conference. WES’s centennial conference which was held last month, titled: ‘Celebrating the Past, Transforming the Future’, set out to discuss the past, how far women have come, some of our amazing achievements, and crucially what still needs to be done in the future. 
11th April 2019

Industrial motors market analysis and upcoming trends

Industrial motors market analysis and upcoming trends
Due to rapid industrialisation, there has been significant growth in manufacturing industries all around the world. As a result, the demand for industrial motors has witnessed a significant increase over the years. As per industrial motors market analysis, it is expected that the global industrial motors market will reach the total value of $58.9bn by the end of 2019 with an average growth rate of seven percent. In the emerging economies, the increasing demand for motors by downstream industries is going to be a major driver of the industrial motor market.
26th March 2019

The next generation: UK engineering start-ups

The next generation: UK engineering start-ups
As the future remains unclear for the manufacturing and engineering industry in the UK, we try to keep positive and think about the future generation and what they have in store for engineering, so Engineering Specifier caught up with Jon Excell, editor, The Engineer and engineering Launchpad chair to see where he stands on engineering startups, and what is yet to come for the industry.
14th March 2019

Colt DCS celebrates International Women’s Day

Colt DCS celebrates International Women’s Day
Detlef Spang, CEO, Colt Data Centre Services talks us through her thoughts on International Women's Day, in terms of how far we have come and what still needs to be done. 
13th March 2019

Beating men to engineer a future career

Beating men to engineer a future career
A 16 year-old student from Southampton has beaten off ‘hundreds’ of others and bagged a prestigious six-year engineering apprenticeship. Katie Hopper, who attends Salisbury’s University Technical College (UTC), was the only female who applied to Associated British Ports (ABP) for the higher level degree apprenticeship.
5th March 2019


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