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Manufacturing 2020

 

The UK Foresight programme was launched in 1994 following a major review of Government science, engineering and technology policy. Foresight is the government's programme designed to identify future trends, needs, threats and opportunities and to encourage people and organisations to meet these future challenges.

This first Foresight exercise was oriented to identifying sector-based trends within different industries that might lead to new directions for these sectors. In 1995 the first set of visions and recommendations for action were published, followed by four years of development and implementation.

A second round of Foresight activities was announced in December 1998 and began on 1 April 1999. This continued some of the sector-based work started in the first round, with 10 broadly based panels, but three new "thematic" panels were added to tackle the significant cross-sector issues raised in several sector-based panels at the during the first round. The three thematic panels cover the ageing population, crime prevention and manufacturing in 2020.

Manufacturing in the year 2020 was therefore one of the themes for the Foresight initiative, which aimed to help competitiveness by identifying the key trends. The Manufacturing 2020 panel of the UK Foresight Programme brought together in partnership the voices of business, government and the research base. The objectives were to develop a shared vision of the opportunities and challenges that could face manufacturing in the next twenty years and beyond. Its aim was to stimulate now the action necessary to sustain a strong and globally competitive UK manufacturing sector in 2020 and beyond.

The panel's work consisted of two elements: identifying the trends that will influence manufacturing in the year 2020 and drawing up guidance so that individual companies could do their own manufacturing foresight exercises to plan their own strategies.

 

 

 

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