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Ken Moir, Vice President of Marketing at label design software and management systems provider NiceLabel gives us his predictions for the biggest trends set to transform the packaging and labelling industry in 2020... Read more

Proper management of the lighting solutions in a plant or warehouse is one of the most significant contributors to higher energy consumption, which, in turn, can balloon operating costs for an organisation. Expenses are even higher for companies... Read more

The plastics or polymers industry was for many years a hidden industry. For most of its history, nobody has known much about the plastics business because it is sandwiched between oil and gas and a huge variety of finished goods. The meat cannot... Read more

The social influence of robots on people and the insecurities this can bring should not be underestimated. Research conducted by Kaspersky and Ghent University has found that robots can effectively extract sensitive information from people who... Read more

The engineering and technology worlds never stand still; in fact, their rates of progress only seem to increase with each passing year. From 3D-printed houses to cashier-free shops, 20189 saw some incredible technological advances, and this year... Read more

Kari Terho, General Manager of Elisa Smart Factory explains how his team has boosted the battery cell production yield by 16% with Predictive Quality Analytics at eLab, the electromobility research centre in the University of Aachen in Germany... Read more

Marc Baret, Director of EMEA industrial services at Rockwell Automation gives us his take on servistisation of industrial automation now and where it can take manufacturers in the future... Read more

Research from Cornell University and McKinsey & Co., among others, suggests that a diverse workforce leads to increased creativity, motivation and morale, all qualities which are paramount when developing innovative engineering solutions... Read more

With protectionist policies increasingly threatening free trade agreements and associated increases in taxes and tariffs, the globalisation of the last 20 years looks to be in reverse gear. Read more

Gas and oil pipelines have long been a source of political contention and accusations of cronyism, hypocrisy, and pandering to dictators are pretty much de rigeur when any pipeline gets underway. Read more

"Je marche sur la glace" said Emmanuel Macron, somewhat incongruously, as he walked across the sands of Egypt to see the temple of Abu Simbel at the end of January. Read more

How will Brexit impact the UK’s trade? It’s the question burning in every businessperson’s mind, and it doesn’t seem to be getting an answer any time soon. Read more

Dividing up video games, fighting over who keeps the Netflix account and arranging joint custody of the dog. Breakups require delicate negotiation. Magnify to Brexit level and you can understand why negotiating who gets to be involved in space contra Read more

How much water does it take to manufacture one pair of jeans? A colossal 7,600 litres, according to Stephen Leahy’s book, Your Water Footprint: The shocking facts about how much water we use to make every day products. Read more

Like most global industries, the food and drink market is progressing at an incredible rate, with innovation driven by increasing demand, changing consumer landscapes and the need to address serious planetary issues. Read more

As consumer demand for more environmentally-friendly solutions to transport is getting louder, electric vehicles are finally moving from the fringes of carmaking into the mainstream. But what exactly does this mean for the future of electric cars? Read more

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Journalists are not universally renowned for their subtle inferences. Intemperate hyperbole is more their natural mode, says Peter Mercer. Read more

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