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Plugging Midlands manufacturers into the fourth industrial revolution

19th June 2018

When the canal age came to Birmingham in the 18th century, there was no notion that one day in the future they would be seen as attractive places for leisure and to live.

You have to be up very early or very late to be more than a couple of minutes’ away from being overtaken by a runner or a cyclist, heading towards their own personal finishing line.

Occasionally that runner is Nick Harrison, whose day job as a partner in KPMG’s management consulting business heading up its industrial manufacturing team requires him to think about what the direct and indirect consequences of technological change will be.

The fourth industrial revolution, often labelled Industry 4.0, is an umbrella term for the huge changes being brought about by cyber-physical systems that are bringing us delivery drones and driverless cars.
One of its central challenges is how are suppliers and customers connected seamlessly.

“What I am seeing is a lot more customer-driven demand, rather than supplier push,” said Harrison. “I think we will see a flip where the customer is demanding an almost-customised service that the supply chain will have to meet. Read the full article here via TheBusinessDesk WM.

Source: http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/westmidlands/news/

 

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