By Claire West

Commenting on the Advanced Manufacturing Framework for Action launched on Friday by Business Minister Mark Prisk, Trades Union Congress (TUC) General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'Advanced manufacturing is essential to promote growth in the UK and rebalance the economy. However, the short timescale for this initiative means the government must concentrate on a few key targets.

'Boosting green manufacturing should be an immediate priority, and harnessing procurement to support British industry is another area where a quick win is possible.'