The Next Manufacturing Revolution (NMR) is a collaboration between Lavery Pennell, the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing and 2degrees to accelerate manufacturing improvements in non-labour resource productivity to realise the available benefits in profits, jobs and environmental sustainability. Lavery Pennell was lead author for the NMR report which quantifies the significant untapped opportunities for UK manufacturing from non-labour resource efficiency and outlines a programme of action to address the barriers to uptake.
The report summarises 12 months of research examining resource efficiency performance compared to international good practice for each sub-sector. It found that while many UK manufacturers have achieved 10 to 15% efficiency gains over the last decade, leading companies have achieved over 50% improvements in the same timeframe.
All manufacturing companies were found to have room for improvement:
- Significant variation in non-labour resource performance was observed between companies within each manufacturing sub-sector.
- Four types of improvement were identified which are rarely all fully utilised: incremental improvement, process and system improvement, structural change and core redesign.
- Even leading companies are performing inconsistently across the resource efficiency topics examined of circular resource use, transport efficiency, energy efficiency, packaging optimisation, supply chain collaboration and resource efficient product & business model innovation.
The opportunity was conservatively calculated to be worth £10 billion p.a. in additional profits for UK manufacturers, to create 300,000 new jobs and to reduce CO2e emissions by 24% for the UK manufacturing sector (4.5% of UK’s total annual emissions).
Wider benefits from the programme also accrue to communities including indirect jobs, greater tax revenues and an improved environment.