• Mike Fryer
Industry 4.0

The Growth Company, is delighted to be attending the second Industry 4.0 Summit on Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1 March – an event dedicated to the future of manufacturing.

Industry 4.0, industrial digitalisation, manufacturing of the future, the 4th Industrial Revolution, digital transformation – whichever label is used, the principle is the same: digital technologies are transforming the manufacturing sector.

While manufacturing has always seen the use of new methods of working, the convergence of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and the ‘internet of things’ has created unique opportunities for industry, as highlighted in the 2017 Made Smarter Review

What does it mean for your business?

The need for businesses to consider the question of how to increase their use of digital technology and automation has never been more important. Those which are able to be innovative, agile and adaptable will be more competitive, profitable and sustainable.

Digitalisation can apply to any aspect of business – from an e-commerce strategy linking production to live orders, to predictive maintenance of machinery or advanced prototyping.

Navigating this landscape is far from straightforward, ranging from very simple to very complex projects. And what’s right for one business might not be right for another.

What’s your next step?

No matter where you are on the digital journey, we can help cut through the jargon and work with you to address what industrial digitalisation means for your business.

Each of our specialist Manufacturing Advisors has at least a decade’s experience in industry or supporting growth in the sector. Dependent upon your subsector and particular needs, you’ll be matched with the most appropriate advisor, who’ll support you in increasing your capability. Visit the Business Growth Hub to get fully-funded tailored support, an online network and dedicated resources.

Are you looking to relocate and grow your business? Whether you are looking for a lab for testing or large-scale manufacturing, Manchester has the infrastructure in place to support innovation and commercialisation. Visit Invest in Manchester for more information. 

We have a long and proud history of producing high quality, practically trained apprentices and developing the skills of teams in businesses of all sizes, from the shop floor to the boardroom. Visit Education & Skills to find out how you can benefit from manufacturing apprenticeships.