Siemens outlines five steps businesses must implement to keep pace with disruptive technologies

28 Mar 2017
  • Businesses advised to digitalise value chain processes or potentially risk the loss of market share in the digital era at Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit

Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 28, 2017: Jan Mrosik, CEO Digital Factory Division at Siemens, said that the role of digitalisation will not only completely remould the global industrial sector but also drive positive transformational changes in the social, economic and environmental landscape. Mrosik made the case today during a keynote address the inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, being held in Abu Dhabi.

Mrosik highlighted industries that have fundamentally reshaped their business models; including bookstores and music stores that have moved from  traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ retail locations to virtual shop-fronts online. Even asset rich businesses such as the taxi industry have been transformed with companies like Uber and Careem putting in place digitalised platforms that have revolutionized the sector.

“These examples tell you about the disruptiveness of businesses that used to think they were safe,” said Mrosik. “To keep up with the pace of disruptive technological change, there are strict business necessities. The first is speed; the one who gets their products out there the fastest is the one who gets the market share. The second topic is flexibility; manufacturing plants are building products in one million different configurations. What used to be a mass product can now be customised for each customer and manufactured within a few days.”

The remaining necessities include quality – which Mrosik stressed must be kept consistent and the last is efficiency in terms of using assets –  energy, and costs to be competitive in today’s market.

Mrosik added: “To meet all four requirements, the whole value chain of the company must be digitised using five key steps including product design and simulation, production design and simulation, production engineering, production, and the last step is servicing the product that has been generated. Each of steps must be connected regardless of where they are in the company and from a localisation perspective, as different departments often work on different parts of the process. The data is taken from production and fed into an operating system to enhance both the product and production. We digitalise the value stream by creating a digital twin of each of these steps and then simulate and improve it until we have a digital twin of the product.”

With this data, companies can simulate capacity shortages, automation, buffer spaces and everything that is required in terms of the factory environment.

The inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit is being held at the Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi University, UAE, until March 30, 2017. A joint initiative by the UAE Ministry of Economy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and co-hosted with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, the Summit is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The Summit is the world’s first global gathering for the manufacturing community, bringing together decision-making leaders from governments, businesses and civil society organisations to shape a vision for the sector’s future.

The Summit is a global platform for participating attendees to learn from best practices from across the world. This unprecedented global gathering will spark new ideas and set the stage for debate and action – addressing ways in which manufacturing can shape and reshape the world, integrating activities between developed and emerging markets, and delivering on social responsibility towards future generations. Leaders from the public and private sectors, along with representatives from civil society organisations, will gather to discuss global challenges within the manufacturing sector, looking specifically at six themes: technology and innovation; global value chains; skills, employment and education; sustainability and environment; infrastructure; standards, and stakeholder alignment.

About the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit

As the world’s first cross-industry forum, the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit is a global gathering for manufacturing minds. It is a voice and a venue for global manufacturing transformation. More than 1,200 delegates will attend, including world leaders, industry CEOs, policy-makers, specialist researchers and academics. The Global Manufacturing and Industralisation Summit will deliver (i) a voice for transformational ideas, (ii) a venue for the generation of new networks and cross-industry partnerships, (iii) a showcase for pilot projects arising from cross-industry research,

Global Agenda on the Future of Manufacturing

The conference will focus on the role of manufacturing in reconstructing the global economy and restoring global prosperity. Leaders from the public and private sectors, along with civil society representatives, will gather together to discuss global challenges facing the manufacturing sector. The discussions will focus around six themes: technology and innovation; global value chains; skills, employment and education; sustainability and environment; infrastructure; standards and stakeholder alignment. The participants will form working groups to identify concrete action plans and recommendations that outline potential solutions to global issues, as well as showcase best practices and case studies from across the world. To highlight an example of global issues, the inaugural conference will focus on the issue of economic migration, with the aim of establishing a manufacturing platform that will bring together countries facing emigration or immigration challenges with regional countries that seek to support economic reconstruction. These countries will work together with manufacturers and the wider United Nations network on restoring global prosperity.

The Manufacturing Expo

Capitalising on the huge presence of the global manufacturing community under a single meeting venue, the Manufacturing Exhibition will offer space to corporations looking to showcase their products, services and latest innovations or technologies that can further contribute to promoting global economic development. The Manufacturing Expo consists of four components: an exhibition showcasing the manufacturing capabilities of the host country; international pavilions showcasing the manufacturing capabilities and economic incentives of each participating country; an innovation exhibition that demonstrates the latest fourth industrial revolution technologies; and an event for SMEs to present their products and solutions to potential customers.

The Global Value Chain Market

The Global Value Chain Market (GVCM) is a business matchmaking platform dedicated to increasing regional and international partnerships and opportunities. The platform will provide networking and sourcing opportunities both online and onsite via pre-scheduled meetings with the vision of forging investment opportunities, commercial partnerships, and encouraging technological transfer and knowhow. The platform will enable countries to identify and meet global manufacturers to promote industrial development, and familiarise global manufacturers with targeted industrial activities in various countries. The GVCM will become a source of valuable information for global investments, providing insights on legislation and regulations, sovereign risk, political stability, and physical and logistical infrastructure.

For additional enquiries contact:

ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller
Mohammad Shaban

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