US Embassy hosts 4IR summit

Published:  24 October, 2018

Together with Embassy of the United States, Rockwell Automation hosted delegates from the C-Suite of industry across the UK to discuss how to deliver the value of Industry 4.0. The hot topic of day was how the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Industry 4.0 is working across Parliament to promote the adoption of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

The speakers included the Alan Mak MP in his capacity of chair of the APPG on Industry 4.0, Mark Slaughter, Director General for Investment at the Department for International Trade, and Mark Bottomley, UK Country Director for Rockwell Automation.

Mark Bottomley of Rockwell Automation reflected on how customers have leveraged 4IR technologies to deliver value to the bottom line of their organisations, and spoke about the cultural, skills, and technology implications of creating a truly Connected Enterprise. According to Bottomley: “The scale of the opportunity for UK Industry is huge; it is incredibly well placed amongst nations to exploit the benefits of the technological changes associated with Industry 4.0, and those organisations able to start extending and scaling their pilot schemes in this area stand to benefit immediately.”

The proceeding panel discussion offered delegates the opportunity to interact directly with a panel of experts on a range of topics associated with 4IR adoption in the UK. Prevalent among the topics discussed, were issues concerning the Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) involved in driving 4IR technology adoption, the productivity puzzle facing UK Industry, and the skills and employment issues associated with delivering the new era. Tackling these issues head-on were panelists, Lee Hopley, Chief Economist, EEF; Rajh Das, Sector Director, Manufacturing and Resources UK at Microsoft; Steve Brambley, CEO, GAMBICA; and Mike Loughran, UK CTO, at Rockwell Automation.

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