MAN Chairman, Rowan Crozier appears in a recent ‘digital transformation’ feature for The Manufacturer, speaking on behalf of the group about the 2019 4IR strategies that members will be introducing.
Seamlessly integrating a digitally-led operation can make businesses entirely ‘smarter’ and manufacturers need to (and are) embracing this revolution in order to remain globally competitive.
IoT, AI, smart systems and focusing on speed strategies to get products to market faster, are just some of the approaches leaders are looking to employ.
Rowan Crozier, chairman of the Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN) and CEO of Brandauer, said: “What are we expecting in 2019? Well, I’m pretty sure that the uncertainty around Brexit and a general decline in the automotive sector will see lots of doom and gloom headlines.
“However, I feel the MAN Group are already bucking the trend with significant contract wins in automotive in the bag before Christmas, which in itself continues to promote the strength of UK SME manufacturing.
“MAN has also spent a lot of time collaborating with Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) to create consortiums that can attract funding to develop new technologies. This has already resulted in two successful projects surrounding advanced automation and robotics. There is also a lot of focus on new opportunities within the military and defence sector and looking at how we can play a role in building capacity within the supply chain for the electrification of vehicles.”
The Manufacturing Assembly Network is a collaboration of eight sub-contract manufacturers and an engineering design agency.
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