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UK Manufacturing critical issues

UK Manufacturers are continuously challenged in today’s business environment.

Responding to competition from the emerging markets, developing new and innovative products, and launching them globally, exposes a multitude of vital considerations executives need to explore, critical to the ongoing success of the business.

Deloitte’s Manufacturing team is proactively examining the critical issues that are fundamental to your organisation. We know that on the horizon there are hurdles and obstacles to challenge manufacturers - from rising energy and material costs - to taxation and Government policy - and over the coming months we will examine the most topical UK Manufacturing critical issues.

2010 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index 2010 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index
A collaboration between Deloitte’s Global Manufacturing Industry group and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness outlines the findings of a survey completed by CEOs of Global manufacturers exploring the issues of policy and capability development necessary for a nation to achieve superior manufacturing competitiveness.
   
President Obama’s review of the US export control system President Obama’s review of the US export control system
In April 2010, eight months after President Obama’s call for a review of the US export control system, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced the four key areas of reform to the US export control system.
   
2010 Guide to grants for manufacturers 2010 Guide to grants for manufacturers
Deloitte’s Regional Development Service team has compiled a comprehensive overview of current funding opportunities for the manufacturing sector.
   
Binoculars Point of view
A new series of research surveys aimed at obtaining a ‘real’ outlook on the sector issues.
   
Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) 2009 Protecting the supply chain in manufacturing
Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) 2009. AEO affects almost every aspect of a business that buys, sells or moves goods into or out of the EU.
   
Deloitte Image Mastering finance in business
The role and impact of financial management on strategy, operations, and business performance.
   
Deloitte Image Innovation in emerging markets: 2008 Annual Study
The 2008 study assesses the impacts that heightened concerns over product safety, quality, and environmental impacts are having on the strategies and operations of global manufacturers in emerging markets.
   
Deloitte Image Delivering on the promise
Improving supply chain performance imperative to UK manufacturing.  Our approach can help you to improve your supply chain operations through organisational, process and technology improvements to ensure customers get the products they need, when they want, at a cost that is reasonable.
   
Deloitte Image  Why Finance Transformation matters in Global Manufacturing
Business transformations in pursuit of performance improvements are nothing new. Despite large-scale investments in management practices, processes and technologies, however, results for most companies have been less than stellar. Our analysis of 500 of the world’s largest manufacturing companies shows more than 30 percent had negative average economic margins over the last five years. In effect they were destroying capital.
   
Deloitte Image Innovation in emerging markets: 2007
Global manufacturers once regarded emerging markets primarily as low-cost locations for routine operations. Now, attracted by the enormous business opportunities, and often encouraged by government policies, manufacturers are locating higher-value activities such as complex production, research and development (R&D), and sales/marketing operations in these rapidly growing economies.
   
Authorised Economic Operator Authorised Economic Operator
AEO status is an accreditation regime to prove supply chain compliance. The AEO regulation encourages companies to increase security, in exchange for incentives which will improve the efficiency of the supply chain and ultimately reduce costs. AEO will impact on many aspects of your business, such as logistics, finance, IT systems and legal.
   
Balancing business Balancing business and the environment
If your organisation has a large car fleet and you are thinking, “How do I persuade the workforce to drive lower emission vehicles?” Deloitte can help you. Deloitte has been working with car fleet operators for the last 12 years and has insight on how to reduce emissions whilst minimising operating costs.
   
Deloitte Image R&D Budget update: A manufacturing perspective
Manufacturing companies should be pleased with the number of favorable changes to the R&D tax relief regimes for both Small & Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Large companies introduced by the 2007 Budget. The implications of the changes announced in the Budget are set out as follows: extension of SME definition for R&D relief; increase in rates of R&D relief and the impact of changes to capital allowances.
   
Deloitte Image R&D in UK Manufacturing
As the definition of Research & Development (R&D) for the purposes of the tax relief becomes more clearly defined and tested, it is apparent that many activities undertaken to develop and improve manufacturing processes qualify for the relief. Although the actual number of companies claiming the relief is increasing, most companies are still not claiming for all eligible activities, specifically those occurring outside their product development or research centres. Can you afford not to be sure?
   
Deloitte Image Pensions restructuring in UK Manufacturing
UK manufacturing faces an uncertain future, facing challenges to compete in the global economy. Some companies have no realistic prospect of clearing their pensions deficit. As these companies have slimmed down to achieve operating efficiency, their pension deficits have continued to increase. As a result, some of these companies have no realistic prospect of clearing their pensions deficit, which can often represent the largest single balance sheet liability.

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