Manufacturing is undergoing a transformation to the fourth industrial revolution. This transformation will see greater integration of physical production with digital technologies to boost levels of productivity.
Britain was the birthplace of the first industrial revolution. It also:
led the second - technological industrial revolution
was an early adopter of the third - automation-driven industrial revolution
is now readying itself to adopt and adapt to the fourth industrial revolution - driven by digital data, connectivity and cyber systems
This fourth industrial revolution (4IR), or ‘industry 4.0’ has the potential to create impressive, new and sometimes unimaginable business opportunities for those who are innovative and agile.