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Investment in manufacturing automation could add £60 billion to UK economy

A £1.2 billion investment in automation within the manufacturing industry could improve the UK economy to the tune of £60.5 billion, according to a new report from Barclays.

The research (‘Future-proofing UK manufacturing’) found that efficiency and productivity gains resulting from committing funds to automation technology could see the British manufacturing sector worth £191 billion within a decade – a 20 per cent increase on 2016 figures.

In addition, the study revealed that investment would safeguard more than 100,000 jobs by 2025, both within manufacturing and the supply chain such as raw materials and logistics.

The Barclays report identified the pharmaceutical and food manufacturing industries as having the most to gain from investment, but it’s also true that all sectors relying on electric motors and motor-driven equipment have great potential providing money is spent properly.

Manufacturers may begin by assessing their electric motors and considering upgrading to high-efficiency IE3 and IE4 models for long-term energy savings and fast return on investment.

Greater productivity and further energy savings may be achieved by connecting variable-speed drives to motor-powered equipment such as conveyors, pumps and mixers. Further benefits of variable-speed control include reduced equipment wear and maintenance frequency.

Gibbons Engineering Group is a founder member of the authorised value provider programme for ABB drives, which means we’re approved to supply, install, maintain and repair equipment in order to help customers optimise manufacturing processes.

Our extensive experience in the manufacturing sector includes high-profile projects delivered for food and beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industry clients.

To discuss the benefits of high-efficiency motors for your application, call Steven Burmby on 01621 868138 or email For all ABB enquiries, call Alan Roberts on 07966 468430 or email  

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