The Royal Society of Arts Great Recovery programme, which looks at ways designers and manufacturers can reduce product waste by promoting fixing, recycling and remaking products. The Great Recovery, launched in September 2012, is building new networks to explore the issues, investigate innovation gaps and incubate new partnerships. A programme of practical workshops and events support a new competition led by the Technology Strategy Board, who are investing £1.25million into new design and business partnerships that re-think products, components and systems that ‘close the loop’.There has been a lot of talk about the Third Industrial Revolution and how digitisation of manufacturing will transform the way goods are made and how it will change the job markets as well. “Millions of small and medium-sized rms will benefit from new materials, cheaper robots, smarter software, an abundance of online services and 3D printers”. Read more in the Economist special report.