New, cutting-edge technologies will shape manufacturing in the years to come. The internet of things, 5G, smart manufacturing, robotics and automation, virtual reality and artificial intelligence, 3D printing are some of the most prominent trends. The challenge for manufacturers will be to keep up with these developments and embrace the ‘Industry 4.0’. Companies who haven’t already started to invest in upcoming technologies, high performance advanced materials and systems risk being surpassed by their competitors.
At the same time, increased connectivity as a result of the internet of things brings new cybersecurity risks, jeopardizing the productivity and profitability of businesses. The successful adoption of these technologies and the containment of risks will determine the winners of tomorrow.