As the UK manufacturers are not investing in automation, they are unable to compete with each other, a new research shows. The Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA) study has found that companies are falling back compared to their European counterparts.
Martin Walder, the chairman of the EAMA, has said that this study spotlights the weakness of UK companies in automation while comparing with similar business concerns in Spain, Sweden and Germany. He also said that the UK manufacturers need to start now if they want to remain competitive in business.
The EAMA report has found that the manufacturing area in the UK has only 15,100 robots compared to that of 144,800 in Germany. The study indicates that companies could increase their productivity by cutting down wastages and reducing opportunities that lead to production failure.
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Mark Prisk, the business minister, has declared that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills would award £600,000 to the EAMA and the British Automation and Robot Association for a two-year study, which would help spotlight the benefits of automation.