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UK on par with US over e-business says report

UK ENGINEERS have parity with their US counterparts in developing e-business, a new Engineering Council report said this week.

The EngC claimed that although the US is way ahead on hyping what e-business has to offer, when it comes to extracting real business benefit the US is only six months ahead.

The report stems from an EngC technology mission to the US in August, which included visits to a mix of companies reliant on engineering.

David Milne, advisor to the national training organisation for engineering manufacture (EMTA), was particularly encouraged to learn the UK is actually further ahead than the US in the vital area of information security.

'It is surprising to find such a key area of electronic business to business trading appears to be largely neglected in the US.'

Figures from Andersen Consulting show online trading is currently valued at £6.5bn and is projected to grow to over £250bn in four years.

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