Report sparks welcome debate into the future of UK manufacturing, says engineering institute

A leading engineering institute has expressed its support for a recently published report into the future of UK manufacturing.

Online PR News – 30-November-2013 – Northampton, UK – The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) has welcomed a report into the future of UK manufacturing, describing it as a vehicle for positive change.

The Foresight (2013) report ‘The Future of Manufacturing: A new era of opportunity and challenge for the UK’ assesses where the industry is today and how it might improve to remain its competitive edge up to 2050.

Cameron Sinclair, CEO of BINDT, said: “BINDT welcomes this report, which has prompted a valuable debate into the future of UK manufacturing. It challenges businesses to innovate and streamline practices, which will involve an array of suppliers and supporting sub-sectors that underpin this vibrant industry.”

Non-destructive testing (NDT) and condition monitoring (CM) are two engineering disciplines that have crucial roles to play in this success. These techniques add value to UK manufacturing by:

• Detecting flaws early, enabling repairs to be carried out before more costly damage occurs;
• Reassuring stakeholders that UK product reliability remains paramount;
• Avoiding dangerous failures that could have far-reaching corporate, health & safety and environmental implications.

Mr Sinclair said: “The importance of NDT and CM cannot be understated. They are used in every manufacturing sector and at every stage of the production process, from checking the structural integrity of materials prior to use, to monitoring products whilst in service. BINDT urges the government to consider and support the crucial roles played by NDT and CM when planning manufacturing growth.

“The Foresight report is a vehicle for positive change, but long-term success will depend on ongoing dialogue between industry representatives. BINDT welcomes the opportunity to participate in this important debate.”


About BINDT: The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing is a UK-based professional engineering institution working to promote the advancement of the science and practice of non-destructive testing (NDT), condition monitoring (CM), diagnostic engineering and all other materials and quality testing disciplines. Internationally recognised, it is concerned with the education, training and certification of its members and all those engaged in NDT and CM and through its publications and annual conferences and events it disseminates news of the latest advances in the science and practice of the subjects. For further information about the Institute and its activities, visit

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