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thanks to the rising popularity of
online shopping. The UK packaging
manufacturing industry is a major
contributor to UK GDP with annual
sales of £11bn, and it employs 85,000
people, representing 3% of the UK's
manufacturing workforce, according
to the Packaging Federation.
Packaging often plays a key role
in attracting consumers to buy a
particular product in the first place.
From food, drink and consumer
goods to industry, automotives and
chemicals, packaging covers many
areas. Packaging manufacturing
companies have plenty of roles
available, from designers and
engineers to sales and marketing
specialists. There are also roles
in finance and management.
help Network Rail and its supply
chain to maintain the UK's rail system
to the greater benefit of the paying
passenger, freight companies and UK
plc, and represents a good deal for the
taxpayer," says Darren Caplan, chief
executive of the Railway Industry
Association. Increased investment
also means increased opportunities.
Words: Trish Lesslie. Photography: Shutterstock
With roles in everything from sales
and marketing to finance, HR
and purchasing, as well as design
and engineering, a job in vehicle
manufacture could drive your career
to new heights. Experts predict
that nearly 200,000 people will
be employed in vehicle and engine
production and the wider supply
chain area in the UK by the 2020s,
so it's a field that is expanding.
While annual UK car production is
slightly down year-on-year according
to the latest figures from Society of
Motor Manufacturers & Traders,
engine manufacturing surpassed
two million in the third quarter of
urgently need to
2017 for the first time since records
began, rising 3.9% in September
with more than 248,463 units made.
Domestic demand was also up 11.1%
compared with September 2016.
"UK engine manufacturing has
repeatedly demonstrated the benefits
of long-term investment into research
and development and plants," says
Mike Hawes, SMMT's chief executive.
"It's pleasing to see production exceed
the two million mark already, but
future success depends on strong
demand at home and abroad."
Once virtually unheard of, packaging
is now a huge, lucrative industry
and one that's growing, in part
Without the electronic manufacturing
industry, everyday devices such
as computers, smartphones and
tablets would be impossible to
produce on a mass scale. That's not
to mention the host of solutions it
provides in telecommunications
and data communications, scientific
research, defence and aeronautics.
Because of the state-of-the-art
technology you're working with,
this branch of manufacturing is
particularly fast-paced, exacting and
challenging.There are two paths: either
working for a contract electronics
manufacturer that makes products
for other firms, from prototypes
to production builds; or a job inhouse with a specific company.
Whichever route you take, you'll get
to be part of a team that designs and
manufactures electronics products
and hi-tech solutions used every
day by people around the world.
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