Manufacturing in Scotland. Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC, National Economic Forum 15 December 2010. Content. What is manufacturing? Manufacturing and the Scottish economy Why is manufacturing important? The changing policy context A manufacturing strategy for Scotland?.
Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC,
National Economic Forum 15 December 2010
“With 3m jobs spread around the country – a good number in the middle income category – manufacturing is a force for social cohesion in a way that financial services are not”. Richard Lambert, Director, CBI
“Manufacturing has a strong future. That future is based on generating high value – to the company, to shareholders and to the country. High value manufacturers have strong financial performance, are strategically important and have positive social impact” (IfM, University of Cambridge)
“The UK along with other OECD countries has successfully retained large ‘low tech’ manufacturing sectors and we should build on the comparative advantage thatimplies…in knowledge based manufacturing we also need a ‘low tech strategy to complement the traditional ‘high tech’ one” (Work Foundation, Manufacturing and the Knowledge Economy)