British race technology ‘powers’ BBC’s Rickshaw Challenge

Known as ‘The Rickshaw Challenge’, the 2018 funds-raising bash for BBC’s annual Children in Need appeal, which started on November 9th, featured an all new pedal-powered rickshaw that Iain Robertson confirms was built by McLaren. Since the Rickshaw Challenge commenced in 2011, as part of the much-vaunted, Sir Terry Wogan fronted charity gigs, it has […]

Why is ‘alliance’ better than ‘partnership’?

It is easy to be swayed by the slick marketing, in which major companies invest, when they refer to ‘marriages of corporate convenience’, states journalist Iain Robertson, factors that affected both A-Met and ISQA. Perhaps one of the best known strategic partnerships in the automotive world is that between French Renault and Japanese Nissan. When […]

Additive Manufacturing (AM) can become Addictive

While traditional manufacturing can be said, despite innovations and technological enhancements, to possess the progressive flow of an Alaskan glacier, Iain Robertson has delved into 3D printing, which changes and advances with the alacrity of a polecat. In its simplest form, three-dimensional printing is the layering of materials that replicates precisely whatever input (usually from […]

Board promise…bored response; lack of follow-through in Customer Satisfaction leads to business disappointment

It has become consummately easy for businesses in the manufacturing sector to create ‘statements of intent’, writes journalist Iain Robertson, but improving customer satisfaction levels takes more than sweeping words. While carrying out a recent intensive survey for an automotive client, I was forced to read the Annual Reports of around thirty companies. Half of […]

Harry Potter is not the only performer sharing a common platform

When carmakers’ profitability levels plumbed the depths, a solution was sought, reports motoring journalist Iain Robertson, to consider platform-sharing as a viable cost-reducing premise. Fans of Harry Potter will be delighted to know that running into King’s Cross Station’s brick walls to find Platform 9¾ is not the methodology applied by the motor industry in […]

Problem-solving the 8D way

There are innumerable ways of resolving issues in production-line processes, writes Iain Robertson, although some of the best methods remain encased in stone, with origins dating back to the dawn of the motor industry. Henry Ford is credited with establishing the parameters of line production. In fact, much of what he outlined and practised in […]