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UK to Prepare for Fourth Industrial Revolution

UK to Prepare for Fourth Industrial Revolution

According to a report, advanced digital technology could give UK manufacturing a huge boost and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.     

The report by the Independent review, chaired by the head of Siemens UK, highlights the benefits of robotics, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence.

Juergen Maier, head of Siemens UK, said the UK needed “greater ambition” to take advantage of such technology.

He said a huge number of workers needed to be retrained.    

His report calls for a commission to help businesses adjust to changing technologies.

The report, titled Made Smarter, brought together executives from companies such as Rolls Royce, GKN and IBM, with representatives from small firms as well as academies from the universities of Newcastle and Cambridge.

The report proposes:

  • More targeted support for companies, re-skilling workers, and a National Adoption Programme piloted in the North West
  • Five digital research centres to improve innovation and capability
  • A national commission in charge of turning Britain into a global leader in industrial digital technologies

The proposals were backed by CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn who warned about the UK’s international competition.

She said: "The UK must compete with China, the USA and much of Europe where there are already advanced plans to embrace the fourth industrial revolution”.

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