Most of you will be aware that the government commissioned an industrial review last year, to accelerate the adoption of Industry 4 type technologies and drive better productivity. This independent review of industrial digitalisation – Made Smarter – was led by Professor Juergen Maier, CEO Siemens UK.
The Made Smarter (previously Industrial Digitalisation) Review sets out how UK manufacturing can be transformed through the adoption of industrial digital technology (IDT). Over 10 years industrial digitalisation could boost UK manufacturing by £455bn, increasing sector growth up to 3% per year, and creating a net gain of 175,000 jobs whilst reducing CO2 emissions by 4.5%.
The Review focuses on three priority areas informed by understanding of the three main challenges business face. They are:
- Leadership: more ambitious, informed and focused leadership
- Adoption: more widespread adoption of IDTs across supply chains, especially within SMEs
- Innovation: faster innovation and creation of new IDTs, new IDT companies / value-streams and new capabilities to sustain UK competitive advantage.
On 23rd May at the Manufacturers Alliance annual group meeting, Andy Hodgson (Strategic Sales Leader for Digitilisation at Siemens) will present the report’s recommendations and specific (tangible) actions that the report calls for to meet these challenges across all industrial sectors and in all regions.
Andy has a passion to support SME manufacturers in the UK and says, “Siemens want to better understand the challenges faced by UK SME manufacturers, so we can help. We as a business have a lot to learn but we also have a lot we can share to support UK manufacturing growth in these digital areas. I am keen to assist the Manufacturers Alliance in its ambitions to grow and support UK manufacturers and am looking forward to sharing ideas at the event.”
The theme for this year’s event is utilising digital technologies as a performance enabler in SME manufacturing businesses. The event is being held at Heath Conference Centre in Runcorn, 8am – 5pm. Register to attend via the website.