SEPTEMBER 2019 COMMENT
CHRIS BECK, EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org
There was a collective sharp intake of breath at MM Towers when
this month’s PMI fi gures landed in our inboxes. A reading of just
47.4 (anything above 50 shows a growing sector) meant the UK’s
manufacturing sector is offi cially in its worst state for over seven years.
Understandably, fi ngers have immediately pointed towards
Westminster, and the chaos that’s currently surrounding Brexit
negotiations. As I write, the country is edging closer to a No Deal Brexit,
which will bring with it a untold amount of disruption and confusion.
Already, we’re seeing the warning signs that everything isn’t as rosy
as it was a few months ago: respondents to the PMI survey said that EUbased
clients were beginning to route supply chains away from the UK.
Even more worryingly, new work from further afi eld, such as the USA
and Asia, upon which so much will rest post-Brexit, is starting to dry up.
There are, of course, companies bucking the trend. All throughout
these pages you’ll read of manufacturers, great and small, who are
gritting their teeth and just getting on with things.
It’s an admirable route to take – Keep Calm and Carry On, and all
that. However, when push comes to shove, something will have to give.
Manufacturing Management will continue to support the hard work and
dedication shown by the industry through thick and thin. You are the
lifeblood of the UK economy, and it’s about time government realised
that. The GMB union recently demanded an urgent meeting with the
Prime Minister to discuss the long-term future of the sector (https://bit.
ly/2lW0DiS) – maybe it’s about time we all asked for the same. C.Beck
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