By 2030 the UK will be the global leader in the creation, adoption and export of advanced digital technologies, shaping how the modern world does business.
What is Industry 4.0?
Industry 4.0 is the next phase of the industrial revolution, signifying the rise of new industrial digitalisation technology (IDT) that is transforming the way information is gathered and analysed.
These new technologies enable faster, more responsive, and more efficient processes to deliver higher-quality products at a reduced cost.
Find out more about Industry 4.0 & how it's changing manufacturing.
How the UK is rising to the challenge
The UK Government sought a strategy to drive UK manufacturing growth, productivity and transformation through the implementation of these new, Industry 4.0 technology solutions.
As a result, an independent review of industrial digitalisation was led by Professor Juergen Maier, CEO Siemens UK & chair of Made Smarter UK and released in 2017.
The review focused on 3 priority areas informed by the main challenges modern manufacturing business face. They are:
- Leadership: more ambitious, informed and focused leadership, including the creation of a Made Smarter Commission
- 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.