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The invisible technology that’s everywhere

14 August, 2013

If you have a smartphone, the chances are that there are UK-designed components inside. Naim Audio manufactures high-end hi-fi products, Seagate makes more than a million recording heads per day for disk drives, and Calrec Audio makes audio mixing consoles for live broadcast. Within Gambica, we have numerous automation and instrumentation companies that design and manufacture in the UK for worldwide distribution.

Not only is the sector significant, but it is vibrant and has even greater potential to grow. The ESCO report found that a quarter of businesses that had off-shored in the past had also re-shored at a later date. It also found that exports account for 75% of output and that more than 85% of companies are planning to increase the number of products that they manufacture in the UK.

This all contributes to the aim of ESCO, which is to grow the sector by 50% – but more work is needed to make this happen. The report calls for a long-term strategic approach between government and industry to ensure that the right economic and business environment is in place to encourage the investment and entrepreneurship for growth. A major focus of the report is to push for an increase in education, training and apprenticeships in engineering and technology to support the need for skilled people in the electronics sector.

More information on the ESCO report and how Gambica is involved is available on the Gambica Web site.

* Gambica is the trade association for the automation, control, instrumentation and laboratory technology sectors in the UK. For more information, please contact the deputy director, Steve Brambley, on 44 (0) 20 7642 8090 or via

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