Third industrial revolution among top 10 manufacturing predictions for 2013

Wednesday December 05, 2012
Written by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Is another industrial revolution on the way in 2013? Analysts from IDC Manufacturing Insights talk about this and much more at  a webinar on Dec. 6 to reveal their Top 10 Predictions in the Manufacturing Industry for 2013. The complementary, one hour webinar will be held at 2:00 p.m. ET and focus on the trends that will impact global technology spending and the use of information technology in key process areas. The top 10 predictions will cover supply chain, demand management, product lifecycle management, operations technology and sustainability and focus on near-term issues and innovation, as well as longer-term and emerging trends. As a “preview” to the full list, IDC Manufacturing Insights predicts the following three trends will make an impact on the manufacturing industry in the coming year: • The third industrial revolution - additive manufacturing technology like 3D printing and advanced robotics - will make their way onto more factory floors. This investment will set the stage for new levels of productivity gains and the ability to offer highly customized products.• Generational change at the executive level (getting younger) means that investment will be longer term in nature. 2013 will be a year of foundational investments that create capabilities for competitive advantage for the next five years and beyond.• Smart services will take a leading role in manufacturing firms' profitable growth strategies. Initiatives like connected vehicle in the automotive industry will deliver completely new business models. To register, please visit:

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