Manufacturing is undergoing a deep digital transformation. In this so called new era of Industry 4.0 or Fourth Industrial Revolution, major technological innovations are fuelling momentous change and creating novel, revolutionary approaches to the way that products are designed, manufactured and used.
As industrial production and business processes undergo a rapid transformation –propelled by the emergence of innovative materials and technologies such as the internet of things, big data analytics, additive manufacturing and advanced robotics –embracing this digital revolution is imperative for businesses’ competitiveness and growth worldwide.
So, what is happening (and is likely to happen) in this new era of making things? What are the most critical breakthroughs? What possibilities do technological disruptions open in production, supply chain and distribution networks? How can manufacturers optimise their strategies to anticipate transformations and take full advantage of the new opportunities presented? What are the key barriers manufacturers need to overcome to adopt and progress on Industry 4.0? How is it impacting business models and factory floors?
The Financial Times - in partnership with Autodesk - will bring together senior business leaders and policy makers for the third of a series of high-level events on technological disruption in manufacturing. The briefing will examine the key strategies and solutions to adapt, shape and harness the technological revolution as well as to tackle the remaining challenges.