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Made Smarter Review sets out UK vision for industrial digitalisation

NPL welcomes the publication of the Made Smarter Review, which explores how UK manufacturing can maximise benefits from increasing adoption of digital technology through a strong industry and government partnership.

Made Smarter Review sets out UK vision for industrial digitalisation

The industry-led Review, launched as part of the Industrial Strategy and chaired by Siemens UK CEO Juergen Maier, sets out a vision for growth and increased productivity across the manufacturing sector by unlocking the potential of Industrial Digital Technologies (IDTs). It puts forward a set of recommendations that it firmly believes, if delivered as a combined package of measures, will achieve the UK's ambition of becoming a world leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by 2030.

Benefits to the UK economy over the next decade could be as high as £455 billion for UK manufacturing, increasing manufacturing growth between 1.5% to 3% per annum, creating an estimated net gain of 175,000 jobs throughout the economy and reducing CO2 emissions by 4.5%. Overall, industrial productivity could be improved by greater than 25%.

The Review focuses on three priority areas informed by understanding of the three main challenges business face:

  • more ambitious, informed and focused leadership
  • more widespread adoption of industrial digital technologies across supply chains, especially within SMEs
  • faster innovation and the creation of new IDTs, new IDTs companies/value-streams and new capabilities to sustain UK competitive advantage

Aligned with the aims of the Review, NPL's Digitally Enabled Supply Chain (DESC) programme will provide the catalyst to enable data confidence throughout supply chains and establish a world-leading position for the UK. The DESC programme has been designed to address data challenges through a focus on data collection, data validation, data uncertainty and trust of data as it passes through process and systems, and between organisations.

As the UK's National Measurement Institute, NPL will enable data-confident approaches to technology insertion across manufacturing applications and sectors. It will accelerate the capability of the UK supply chain base, particularly SMEs, through regionally-based access to NPL and delivery partners that provide digitally-relevant skills support.

Find out more about digitally enabled supply chains in the latest issue of Insights magazine

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Last Updated: 3 Nov 2017
Created: 31 Oct 2017

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