The diversity of the manufacturing sector across the East of England means things are getting back to full capacity more quickly than in some other parts of the country.
History has a habit of repeating itself. Some 260-odd years on from the first great industrial revolution and the West Midlands is jockeying for position with all the major automotive regions to lead the way in the electrification race.
From Bristol’s wealth and advanced engineering base, head west to Cornwall whose ancient mining industry is being revived; this time for lithium not tin.
A reliance on electronics, food and drink and transport left the UK’s second largest manufacturing region heavily exposed to lockdown disruption, but rising levels of business investment reflect a confident outlook.
Skills forged in the shipyards and collieries are still prevalent across an industry that is constantly evolving to exceed the needs of a challenging global marketplace.
Public sector initiatives are underpinning a new wave of private sector growth across the region.
Northern Irish manufacturers are managing to grow and innovate despite having to navigate strong headwinds in the form of Brexit, rising costs and a shortage of skilled labour.
Manufacturing investments in the East Midlands are accelerating. Formula 1 is in pole position currently but a raft of opportunities in established and emerging markets mean future growth is almost guaranteed.
Welsh manufacturers have been eyeing a potential light at the end of the tunnel for more than three years now. In the meantime, they have learned to adapt and innovate.
Despite being dented by the global pandemic, which saw Scotland’s manufacturing output shrink by about a quarter, a range of public sector initiatives are helping innovative businesses that create value and jobs.
Sustainable products and processes dominate activity as manufacturers respond to increasingly urgent global imperatives.