FURNACE knows that Industry is worth celebrating, worth understanding and worthwhile.

FURNACE is a digital magazine that champions all that is great about British Industry and beyond.

FURNACE is a quarterly publication that looks at the people that make things and make things happen.

Slough Trading Estate

‘Furnace is created by Slough Trading Estate. It reflects their passion for industry and the people that make it what it is. Not just the businesses and people on the estate but everyone in industry, in the UK and more widely’.


Kerrine Bryan books

Taking a sledgehammer to engineering stereotypes.

Award-winning chartered electrical engineer Kerrine Bryan challenges perception.
Stu Wilkinson

Can-do attitude.

Stu Wilkinson is that rare breed: a fourth-generation London industrialist.
Factories as art

In the line of beauty.

Alastair Philip Wiper, the Copenhagen-based photographer, loves, lives and breathes manufacturing.
OXO Tower by Lukas Novotny

Making An Impact: London’s Factory Buildings.

What makes a great cityscape? Glorious factories, according to Lukas Novotny.

The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Industrial.

A focus on the capital's industrial land.
London Industry Needs You

London Industry Needs You.

Mark Brearley makes the argument for keeping factories in the city.

Liquid Gold.

The vaping industry may be in its infancy, but it’s already punching above its weight.
Razan Alsous

Dairy Queen.

Razan Alsous talks about her journey from Damascus to ‘Yorkshire Squeaky’.



Mark Fryer of Ocado

Meet the engineer behind Ocado.

Mark Fryer’s systems have helped make Ocado the world’s biggest online supermarket.
Jennifer Newman

Jennifer Newman designed her first table for her own garden.

Now her furniture sits in the offices of Nokia, Google and Amazon.
Data Centres

Where would we be without Data Centres?

As modern life gets more digital, data centres are mushrooming across the globe.
Whitby Morrison ice-cream van

Bespoke, Made-to-order, Handcrafted.

Terms that now apply to that classic Summer’s day stalwart: the Ice Cream Van.
Plastic Packaging

Excessive packaging has given itself a bad name.

How can businesses grab this opportunity and deliver a packaging sea-change?
Rocco Barker

Face Furniture Fanatic.

How does someone go from being a rock musician to making hand-crafted eyewear?
Mark Dawe


How could the Government’s new apprenticeship levy be better?
Map Design

Magicking Ideas into Manufactured Goods.

A London design firm has perfected the art of bringing start-ups’ concepts to market.
China crafts

From mountainside to mass production.

Upscaling China’s age-old crafts for a wider audience.
Charlie Bigham

Charlie Bigham.

Keeping his cottage-industry ethos when his cottage pie business is booming.
Brompton Factory Floor


After years of development the city commuter’s friend is going electric.

Many Unhappy Returns.

Ingenious advances in reverse logistics coming to the rescue of customer returns.


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