The food and drink sector is not, on the face of it, an obvious candidate for the attentions of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult network, thanks to its traditional reliance on manual labour and the large number of SMEs involved. But Ken Young, Technology Director at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), believes the sector is ripe for a digital revolution.
Darren Hardman, president of Avanade Europe, explores a trio of still-developing technologies with the most potential to help manufacturing operations achieve greater operational efficiency, and then considers how to boost their individual power even more by integrating them into a truly intelligent enterprise.
The UK manufacturing sector continues to grow, even in uncertain times around Brexit. It is currently the ninth largest globally and contributes to a huge 44% of the UK exports. Rapid growth has resulted in successes and struggles, bringing about concerns faced by few other industries as a whole.
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