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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsI'm really excited about this week, as it takes me back to my roots in manufacturing. When I was 15, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in manufacturing, and manufacturing was actually my route into the supply chain. So this week looks at that hidden gem of manufacturing and the different ways that it contributes to the UK economy, both nationally and as part of a more global economy. The week begins by exploring all the different facets of manufacturing. Some of them I hope will surprise you, and intrigue you, and perhaps make you want to find out more.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsWe'll then move on to explore the importance of manufacturing and the way that it does contribute both to the UK domestic economy and to our economy more globally. We'll then move on to explore the future of manufacturing, which is incredibly exciting. You've probably heard about terms like the internet of things or the cyber-physical age. These things have the potential to take us into the fourth industrial revolution and totally redefine the role that the UK plays as part of the network of global supply chains.

Skip to 1 minute and 21 secondsI hope that you enjoy this week and continue to participate actively taking part in the discussions and thinking in some depth about the way that manufacturing actually supports both your everyday life and the UK economy more globally.

Welcome to Week 4

From the age of 15 I knew that I wanted a career in manufacturing. I was fascinated by how things were made, and particularly by the revolutionary Japanese approaches that were emerging in the early 1990’s. Manufacturing provided my transition into the broader world of supply chain. I hope that you enjoy this week and the insight into the changing nature of manufacturing.

How does this week fit into the overall course?

During this week we are going to explore the often misunderstood world of manufacturing. Not just manufacturing today, but how the changing manufacturing landscape is defining the role of the factory of the future.

What will learners be able to do differently at the end this week?

At the end of this week I hope that you are able to begin to think about manufacturing in a different way. Not only to understand the value that manufacturing plays as part of both the UK and global economy today, but the way in which it will be re-defined in the future.

 How is the week structured?

Three core topics are explored this week. We begin by looking at what manufacturing is, and the often hidden but valuable role in plays in society. The trends towards more localised manufacturing are then discussed, before we reflect upon the future of manufacturing. The week ends with an opportunity to reflect on what you have learnt this week and a check your understanding test.

How would you like learners to engage?

As always, please do engage in the discussions and don’t feel afraid to share your views. There are many preconceived ideas about manufacturing and I am very interested to see your perceptions of manufacturing at the start of this week, and how similar or different they are at the end.

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This video is from the free online course:

Supply Chains in Practice: How Things Get to You

The University of Warwick