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12 September 2018updated 13 Sep 2018 8:01am

Free with this week’s New Statesman: Lee Hopley and Richard Harrington on the uncertain future facing UK manufacturing

A first look at this week's issue of Spotlight, free with the New Statesman.

By New Statesman

This week’s edition of Spotlight, the New Statesman’s award-winning policy supplement, focuses on manufacturing.

Minister of State for Business and Industry Richard Harrington argues in the edition’s lead op-ed that British manufacturing is “alive and well”, and makes the case for the industry to succeed under foreign ownership.

Chief economist of the EEF Lee Hopley talks to Augusta Riddy about how the sector can navigate the next era of global change and why other countries “aren’t in the mood” for trade liberalisation.

Former T&G and Unite the Union deputy general secretary and Birmingham and Erdginton MP Jack Dromey, meanwhile, explains the uncertainty facing UK car manufacturing and the potentially devastating impact of a no-deal Brexit.  

Factories are among the most influential buildings of our time. Special Projects Editor Will Dunn also investigates how the factories of the future are changing the world once again.

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And finally, what are “cobots” and how will they change the way we work? Rohan Banerjee explores how the collaborative robots filling factory floors across the UK will transform the industry.

Spotlight is free with this week’s New Statesman, and stories will also be published on the Spotlight homepage later this week.

Spotlight is the British Society of Magazine Editors’ 2017 Launch of the Year.