Aston backs British manufacturing website

21st Century UK Manufacturing

24 April 2015

A new website showcasing 21st British manufacturing is being backed by Aston University and a host of prominent companies and institutions. 

Made Here Now, the brainchild of former Financial Times Manufacturing Editor, Peter Marsh, will celebrate the success of modern day industry with in-depth articles and features on the biggest UK manufacturers and revealing pictures and videos that give a unique insight into their workings. 

AESSEAL, Bentley Motors, Plessey Semiconductors and FormFormForm have already opened their factories to give leading writers and photographers the chance to explore their shop floors and discover new technologies and innovations. Further profiles of world-class industry leaders will soon follow. 

As well as Aston University, a total of 46 preeminent enterprises, public bodies and institutions have pledged their support for Made Here Now, including global manufacturing giants Airbus, BAE Systems and Siemens. 

Peter, who spent more than 20 years as a broadsheet journalist and recently published a book on the New Industrial Revolution, said: “As a nation, we are still very good at making things and manufacturing has great potential to contribute substantially to our economy. However, not enough people are aware of our success stories. One way to improve the growth prospects of UK industry is to find new ways to tell the world about it. 

“Made Here Now will meet this need by using the best design, photography and writing to bring the excitement of making things to life. The project has really captured the imagination and we’ve already received significant support from well-respected institutions and enterprises such as JCB, Nesta, Rollys Royce, Santander Bank, the Royal Society and Aston University.” 

The website is also intended to be a first-class educational tool, informing young people about career opportunities in the manufacturing sector. For those wishing to know more about UK industry, the site has a comprehensive and interactive resource section with information on numerous companies and distinguished individuals. 

Made Here Now launched at a high profile event at the Building Centre Gallery on 23 April. Guest speakers included author and commentator, Will Hutton, and Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of the manufacturing organisation, EEF. 


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