Digital technologies & manufacturing leadership
Now is the time for the UK to decides its position on Industry 4.0, that of a leader or a follower. Professor Dr Phill Cartwright, CTO at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, explains why.
Britain was the birthplace of the first industrial revolution, led the second ‘technological’ industrial revolution and was an early adopter of the third ‘automation-driven’ industrial revolution.
This fourth industrial revolution, or ‘industry 4.0’ creates impressive new and sometimes unimaginable business opportunities for those who are innovative and agile. Which is why pro-active thinking on the part of individual entrepreneurs and businesses, but also on the part of industry and government, is essential.We now need to decide what position we
take in the fourth industrial revolution, which is driven by digital data, connectivity and cyber systems.
It’s incredibly promising and exciting that major industry stakeholders in the UK have come together in the Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Leadership Group to consider the threats and opportunities digital technologies present to the engineering and manufacturing sector.
The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult heavily supports the group, helping it to articulate guidance on how to make the UK the best place for the exploitation of such technologies.