Chris McDonald, Chief Executive of the Materials Processing Institute, said: “The UK faces a number of challenges with the triggering of Article 50, but it equally opens up many new opportunities, depending on the agreement the Government secures. The transitional period needs to be as smooth as possible and the Government needs to refocus its efforts into boosting industry and tackling the productivity gap. We are seeing initiatives such as the Industrial Strategy coming into force and these must be progressed, allowing for continued research and development and tackling skills shortages.”