Smart Machines & Factories
Smart Machines & Factories 4IR survey results
Published:  08 October, 2018

The recent Smart Machines & Factories 4IR survey, supported by GAMBICA and EEF, and sponsored by Festo GB, highlighted that some manufacturers are already grasping 4IR opportunities, but others are still to take their first steps on their journey.

Manufacturing professionals from across the engineering spectrum were asked a series of questions examining perceptions, attitudes, and business readiness in relation to 4IR to help identify how prepared and advanced the UK is with implementing a Smart strategy.

The results of the survey aim to help contribute to the 4IR debate to establish what more needs to be done to adapt to a highly digitalised future, and benefit from the economic opportunities this brings.

Madeleine Scott, senior policy researcher at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said the survey results showed a similar picture to EEF’s own recent research that was highlighted in its factcard ‘How 4IR is transforming manufacturing productivity’.

She explained that 4IR technologies are vital to achieving a step change in UK manufacturing productivity given performance has flat-lined in the decade since the financial crisis, and firms are recognising this will be an outcome of 4IR incorporation into their business.

Key findings and analysis of the survey can be found on page 40 of the issue.